PISCATAWAY, NJ – Twelve regular-season home games, in addition to play in the Preseason WNIT, highlight the 2003-2004 Rutgers women’s basketball schedule.
Without adding Rutgers’ opponent(s) in the Preseason WNIT, the 21 teams on Rutgers’ 2003-2004 schedule posted a cumulative record of 350-222 (.612) last year. Ten of the teams appeared in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, including four of the eight regional final participants, while two others played in the postseason WNIT. The Scarlet Knights will play eight teams from a total of seven other conferences during the regular season -- Atlantic Coast Conference, Atlantic 10 Conference, Big Ten Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, Conference USA, Ivy League and Southeastern Conference – as well as a 16-game BIG EAST Conference slate (one additional non-conference game will be announced at a later date).
The Scarlet Knights, after hosting exhibition games on Nov. 3 and 9, will officially begin their season on Friday, Nov. 14, against St. Peter’s in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. The other rounds of the tournament will be conducted Nov. 16 (second round), Nov. 19/20 (semifinals) and Nov. 23/24 (final). Host sites for the other rounds will be announced as teams advance in the bracket.
Following the Preseason WNIT, Rutgers will make a two-game road swing, playing at Clemson on Sunday, Nov. 30, and LSU on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The Scarlet Knights will return to the Louis Brown Athletic Center to host Temple on Saturday, Dec. 6, before playing another SEC road game, this time at Tennessee on Thursday, Dec. 11. The Horned Frogs of TCU will then pay Rutgers a visit on Sunday, Dec. 14.
Following the holiday break, the Knights will host Old Dominion on Sunday, Dec. 28, and travel to Cambridge, MA, to play Harvard on Tuesday, Dec. 30. RU will ring in 2004 with the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge, hosting Ohio State on Sunday, Jan. 4.
Rutgers begins the BIG EAST Conference season with a home game against Virginia Tech on Wednesday, Jan. 7. The Scarlet Knights will then play road games at Villanova on Friday, Jan. 9, and Syracuse on Wednesday, Jan. 14, before returning to New Jersey to host St. John’s on Saturday, Jan. 17.
The Scarlet Knights will face 2003 national-champion Connecticut at the Hartford Civic Center on Monday, Jan. 19. Rutgers will return home to play Georgetown on Sunday, Jan. 25, and will end the month in Miami with a tilt against the Hurricanes on Saturday, Jan. 31.
The month of February begins with Rutgers’ second meeting of the year against the Orangewomen, this time at the Louis Brown Athletic Center on Tuesday the 3rd. RU will play road games at Boston College (Saturday, Feb. 7) and Pittsburgh (Wednesday, Feb. 11) before a pair of home games against Connecticut (Saturday, Feb. 14) and Providence (Wednesday, Feb. 18).
Rutgers will travel to the nation’s capital for its second meeting of the season with the Hoyas on Saturday, Feb. 21, and will then go to Morgantown, WV, to play West Virginia on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The Scarlet Knights will end the regular season with a pair of home games, playing Notre Dame on Saturday, Feb. 28, and in-state rival Seton Hall on Tuesday, March 2.
The Scarlet Knights, under the direction of ninth-year head coach C. Vivian Stringer, engineered the most dramatic turnaround in Division I last season, improving from a 9-20 mark in 2001-2002 to a 21-8 record and a trip to the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
2003-2004 RUTGER’S WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
Monday, Nov. 3 TBA (Exhibition)
Sunday, Nov. 9 NWBL ELITE (Exhibition)
Friday, Nov. 14 ST. PETER’S (Preseason WNIT First Round)
Sunday, Nov. 16 TBA (Preseason WNIT Second Round)
Wednesday, Nov. 19 TBA (Preseason WNIT Semifinals)
Thursday, Nov. 20 TBA (Preseason WNIT Semifinals)
Sunday, Nov. 23 TBA (Preseason WNIT Final)
Monday, Nov. 24 TBA (Preseason WNIT Final)
Sunday, Nov. 30 at Clemson
Tuesday, Dec. 2 at LSU
Saturday, Dec. 6 TEMPLE
Thursday, Dec. 11 at Tennessee
Sunday, Dec. 14 TCU
Sunday, Dec. 28 OLD DOMINION
Tuesday, Dec. 30 at Harvard
Sunday, Jan. 4 OHIO STATE (BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge)
Wednesday, Jan. 7 VIRGINIA TECH*
Friday, Jan. 9 at Villanova*
Wednesday, Jan. 14 at Syracuse*
Saturday, Jan. 17 ST. JOHN’S*
Monday, Jan. 19 at Connecticut* (Hartford Civic Center)
Sunday, Jan. 25 GEORGETOWN*
Saturday, Jan. 31 at Miami*
Tuesday, Feb. 3 SYRACUSE*
Saturday, Feb. 7 at Boston College*
Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Pittsburgh*
Saturday, Feb. 14 CONNECTICUT*
Wednesday, Feb. 18 PROVIDENCE*
Saturday, Feb. 21 at Georgetown*
Tuesday, Feb. 24 at West Virginia*
Saturday, Feb. 28 NOTRE DAME*
Tuesday, March 2 SETON HALL*
CAPS indicate home game
* indicates BIG EAST Conference game
All game times will be announced at a later date