SDSU Announces Its 2003-04 Women's Basketball Schedule
Aug. 8, 2003
SAN DIEGO - Non-conference meetings with 13 schools from seven states and seven different conferences highlight the 2003-04 San Diego State women's basketball schedule announced Friday by second-year head coach Jim Tomey.
"We tried to keep the schedule very balanced and competitive for where our program is, and we feel like we've accomplished that," Tomey said. "We looked at teams that we thought we might like to play and looked at (geographic) areas we thought would be good for us, and it just turned out that we have multiple areas to go to and multiple conferences to play."
The Aztecs begin with two exhibitions before playing host to St. Mary's College (Nov. 21) and Nevada-Reno (Nov. 24). The team then heads on a three-game road trip to Big West Conference schools Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 1), UC Irvine (Dec. 2) and Cal State Northridge (Dec. 6), prior to a three-game set at home, featuring cross-town rival University of San Diego (Dec. 10).
SDSU rounds out 2003 with trips to Washington State (Dec. 22) and the University of Alabama-Birmingham tournament (Dec. 29-30), before concluding non-conference action at home with Santa Clara (Jan. 6) and Texas Pan-American (Jan. 9).
Overall, for the second straight year, just four of the 13 non-Mountain West teams (St. Mary's, UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge and USD) appeared on last season's schedule. Texas Pan-American and both games at the Alabama-Birmingham tournament will be against first-time opponents for the Aztecs.
SDSU faces a grueling conference campaign again in 2004, as six of the Mountain West's eight schools are coming off postseason bids (three NCAA, three WNIT).
"This is as good of a conference as there is in the country," Tomey said. "We have a steep climb to make with our basketball program, but we're moving in the right direction. We feel that we're going to be a much tougher out for people than we were a year ago. We have a little better handle on our opponents and the travel involved in this league."
The Aztecs kick off MWC play against travel partner UNLV (Jan. 17) for the third straight season, before heading back to San Diego to play host to Wyoming (Jan. 22) and Colorado State (Jan. 24).
Following another two-game road trip, the team has a three-game homestand from Feb. 5-14, as round two of conference action begins. SDSU concludes its regular season with four of its final six games on the road for the second consecutive year.
"The schedule is what it is," Tomey said. "They make the schedule, they send it to you and you have to find a way to deal with it. I'm hoping that we're going to have a tough-minded group of young women who are going to look forward to the challenge of going on the road for four of the last six games and seeing how they stand up to the task."