Penn announces 2004-05 Women's Basketball Schedule

Philadelphia - The University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team and new Head Coach Patrick Knapp have announced the schedule for the 2004-05 season. The Red and Blue will take on the usual opponents from the Ivy League and Big 5, as well as a handful of teams with national prominence.

“Looking through the previous years, this may be one of the toughest schedules Penn has ever had, which is good. This schedule shows the progress of the women’s program here at Penn and that in order to take the next step, we need to do so against quality opponents in and out of the conference. What this also does is put a premium on our preseason conditioning and preparation. The first month will tell a lot for us,” Knapp said.

The Quakers' schedule of opponents is something to be excited about as November steadily approaches. Penn posted a 15-9 record last season against teams on the docket this year. The schedule proves that the Red and Blue are also not about to shy away from nationally-respected institutions as seven 2004 NCAA Tournament invitees will step onto the hardwood against the Quakers in 2004-05.

Penn will face two of the seven at one venue when the Quakers travel westward for the University of Colorado Tournament over Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 26-27). The Red and Blue open the tourney with host Colorado and follow with either Maryland or LSU. Maryland was a "Sweet-16" squad a year ago and ended its season with a loss to the Lady Tigers as LSU advanced all the way to the Final Four in New Orleans.

Other key dates to mark on the calendar are Dec. 7 and 13 when Penn welcomes Temple and Ohio State to The Palestra within one week of each other.

The Quakers will not have the luxury of a home game during the month of January and will pack 10 contests into February, the shortest month of the year.

“When you get to that point of the season, preparation will tell a lot. We will have quick, swift practices, good off days and we will need to travel well,” Knapp added.

Penn opens the Ivy season on the road, traveling to Yale and Brown on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29, respectively. Harvard highlights the home League schedule when the Crimson come to Philadelphia on Feb. 4 in a match-up between the winners of the last four Ancient Eight crowns.

The Red and Blue return 13 student-athletes (eight letterwinners, including three starters) from a team that captured Penn’s second Ivy League women’s hoops title in four years. Penn also welcomes a new coach in Patrick Knapp, who has over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience and spent the past 18 seasons at Georgetown University.

Date

Opponent

Time

November 21

NORTHEASTERN

7 p.m.

November 23

LA SALLE

TBA

November 26

at Colorado *

7 p.m. (MST)

November 27

vs. Maryland/LSU *

5/7 p.m. (MST)

December 1

at Saint Joseph’s

7 p.m.

December 5

VILLANOVA

1 p.m.

December 7

TEMPLE

7 p.m.

December 11

at Marist

7 p.m.

December 13

OHIO STATE

Noon

December 23

DREXEL

1 p.m.

January 3

at Rider

7 p.m.

January 10

at Lafayette

7 p.m.

January 18

at Lehigh

7 p.m.

January 28

at Yale

7 p.m.

January 29

at Brown

7 p.m.

February 1

at Princeton

7 p.m.

February 4

HARVARD

7 p.m.

February 5

DARTMOUTH

7 p.m.

February 11

at Columbia

6p.m.

February 12

at Cornell

7 p.m.

February 18

BROWN

7 p.m.

February 19

YALE

7 p.m.

February 22

PRINCETON

7 p.m.

February 25

CORNELL

7 p.m.

February 26

COLUMBIA

7 p.m.

March 4

at Dartmouth

7 p.m.

March 5

at Harvard

6 p.m.

* - University of Colorado Tournament
All dates and times are subject to change.
Home games in CAPS and played at The Palestra.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications