The Missouri women’s basketball team faces a lineup of top-notch opponents and four games of national television coverage, the most of any season yet.
Coach Cindy Stein announced the team’s 2004-05 schedule Tuesday, which includes 14 games at home in the new 15,000-seat, $75 million Paige Sports Arena.
The Tigers will take on 15 teams that reached post-season play last year. Of those 15, 11 made it to the NCAA Tournament.
Missouri finished 17-13 last season and was knocked out of the post-season by Stanford in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers have a chance to avenge that loss when Stanford visits Columbia on Dec. 17.
The Tigers will play their first home game in the arena against Central Missouri State. The Nov. 12 exhibition game will have to tide fans over until the late Nov. 30 home opener.
Fox Sports Network is scheduled to televise four Missouri games:
- Dec. 18 against Stanford;
- Jan. 14 at Iowa State;
- Feb. 19 at Oklahoma.
- March 8-12 at the Big 12 Conference Tournament.
Missouri opens the season officially against Northern Illinois in the KCRG TV-9 Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City on Nov. 19-20.
The team will then head down to the University of New Mexico at the Airport University Inn Thanksgiving Tournament. Missouri plays the tournament-host Lobos on Nov. 26 before facing either Gonzaga or Providence.
Big 12 Conference play starts Jan. 5 against Oklahoma State, when the Cowgirls travel to the Paige Arena.
The Tigers play Colorado Jan. 18 and Texas Jan. 29. They face Kansas State, in the season finale on March. 2.