PROVO — In its upcoming 2003-04 schedule, which was announced earlier this month, the BYU women's basketball team will play a total of 30 games including five NCAA Tournament teams as well as a pair of foes from the Pac-10 and Atlantic Coast Conference.
"We're excited to be able to play so many teams from the west this year," said head coach Jeff Judkins. "We feel that the schedule will benefit our young team. We hope to have a great pre-season to give our young players experience since we've lost so many great players from last year's roster."
After preseason exhibitions against instate opponents Westminster and Utah Valley State College, BYU opens the regular season at Weber State on Nov. 21 and then heads to Anchorage as part of the women's Great Alaska Shootout. The Cougars open the two-day tournament on Nov. 25 against the ACC's Clemson, with either Alaska Anchorage or Mount St. Mary's the Nov. 26 opponent.
BYU concludes November with its home-opener Nov. 29 against Texas Christian.
The Cougars will spend much of early December on the road — Dec. 2 at Nevada, Dec. 4 at Santa Clara, Dec. 9 at Cal State Fullerton and Dec. 12 at Arizona. They finish the month at home — Dec. 20 versus Idaho State and Dec. 30 against Southern Utah.
BYU will wrap up its nonconference schedule the first 10 days of January, hosting San Francisco on Jan. 3 before making a three-game trip through Big Sky Conference territory—Jan. 6 at Montana State, Jan. 8 at Northern Arizona and Jan. 10 at Portland State.
The Cougars open Mountain West Conference play on the road on a tough Front Range road swing, first at Colorado State on Jan. 15 and then at Wyoming Jan. 17. The rest of January is spent at home in the Marriott Center, hosting New Mexico, Air Force and Utah on Jan. 22, 24 and 31, respectively.
February has the Cougars at UNLV on the 5th and San Diego State on the 7th, followed by visits to Provo by CSU and Wyoming on Feb. 12 and 14. BYU returns to away matches through the end of the month, traveling to Air Force on Feb. 19, New Mexico Feb. 21 and Utah Feb. 28.
The Cougars conclude conference play at home, hosting San Diego State on March 4 and UNLV on March 6. The 2004 Mountain West Conference Championships will be played in Denver's Pepsi Center, the first year the league has moved away from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.