WMU News

Women's basketball team takes on national champs

Sept. 8, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- A contest against defending national champion University of Connecticut is just one of several highlights in the 2003-04 season schedule for Western Michigan University's women's basketball team.

Following a pair of exhibition games Nov. 5 and 17, the Broncos will tip-off the season at the University of Michigan Nov. 21. WMU travels to Storrs, Conn., Nov. 23 for its contest with UConn.

Western Michigan's home opener is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 26, when Missouri-Kansas City visits University Arena.

Other scheduling highlights include a trip to Phoenix, Ariz., for the Arizona State Tournament Dec. 5-6. WMU also has non-conference contests with Illinois State, North Carolina, Utah State, Detroit, Purdue, and Montana.

"I feel our non-conferene schedule is very tough, but it will prepare us for the conference race," said head coach Ron Stewart.

The MAC schedule allows the Broncos to play at home in the final two weeks of February as conference tournament seedings are determined. WMU will play eight conference games at home including match ups with conference rivals Ball State and Eastern Michigan.

"Our team has many goals that relate to performance in the Mid-American Conference," said Stewart. "Our January and February schedule is fair and will allow us to compete at a high level if we are prepared and ready to defend our conference title each night."

WMU Women's Basketball
2003-04 Schedule

Nov. 5   Exhibition TBA
Nov. 17  Exhibiton TBA
Nov. 21  at Michigan 2 p.m.
Nov. 23  at Connecticut TBA
Nov. 26  Missouri-Kansas City 7 p.m.
Nov. 30  at Illinios State 2:05 p.m.
Dec. 5-6 at Arizona State Tournament TBA
Dec. 17  at North Carolina 7 p.m.
Dec. 19  Utah State 7 p.m.
Dec. 22  at Detroit 7 p.m.
Dec. 30  Purdue 7 p.m.
Jan. 2   at Montana 7 p.m.
Jan. 7   Northern Illinois* 7 p.m.
Jan. 10  Buffalo* 2 p.m.
Jan. 14  at Marshall* 7 p.m.
Jan. 17  at Eastern Michigan* TBA
Jan. 21  Kent* 7 p.m.
Jan. 24  at Akron* 2 p.m.
Jan. 28  at Central Michigan*7 p.m.
Jan. 31  Eastern Michigan* TBA
Feb. 3   at Northern Illinois* 7 p.m.
Feb. 7   at Bowling Green State* 2 p.m.
Feb. 11  Ball State* 7 p.m.
Feb. 15  at Miami* TBA
Feb. 18  at Toledo* 7 p.m.
Feb. 21  Ohio* 2 p.m.
Feb. 24  Central Michigan* 7 p.m.
Feb. 28  Toledo* 2 p.m.
March 6  MAC Tournament First Round (Campus Sites)
March 10 MAC Tournament Quaterfinals (Cleveland)
March 12 MAC Tournament Semifinals (Cleveland)
March 13 MAC Tournament Final (Cleveland)

* Mid-American Conference games.

Media contact: Paula Haughn, 269 387-4138, paula.haughn@wmich.edu

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