Aug. 25, 2009
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 2009-10 Indiana women's basketball schedule features head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers on the Big Ten Network eight times during the conference slate with 17 games in Assembly Hall.
"Having 17 games in Assembly Hall will give our fans the opportunity to see our program battle great teams during the season, and with the help of our community, our goal is to make Assembly Hall one of the toughest venues for opposing teams," said Legette-Jack.
The Hoosiers will host Lambuth (Nov. 1) and Grand Valley State (Nov. 5) in a pair of exhibition contests before opening the regular season at Memphis on Nov. 13. IU will begin the home slate with three straight contests in Assembly Hall. On Nov. 15, the Hoosiers will battle in-state foe IUPUI, in the two teams' first-ever meeting, and will host Cincinnati on Nov. 18 and Missouri on Nov. 22.
Indiana will spend the week of Thanksgiving at the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas. The Hoosiers will face Virginia on Friday, Nov. 26 and either South Dakota State or Charlotte on Saturday, Nov. 27. IU returns home to host Florida State in the third annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 3. The Hoosiers are 1-1 in the challenge, which began during the 2007-08 season.
The Hoosiers open the Big Ten slate on the road on Dec. 6 with a Noon ET tip at Michigan State. IU's battle with the Spartans will be the first of eight league contests aired on the Big Ten Network. The Hoosiers will continue non-conference action on Dec. 9 with UT-Martin in Bloomington, before hitting the road to face Saint Louis on Dec. 13 and Cleveland State on Dec. 19. Indiana will conclude the non-conference slate on Dec. 22 with Toledo.
IU continues Big Ten action on Dec. 31, when it battles rival Purdue in West Lafayette on the Big Ten Network. The New Year's Eve match-up is the only regular season meeting between Indiana and the Boilermakers this season. The Hoosiers also open the New Year on the Big Ten Network when they host Michigan State at Noon in Assembly Hall. Following a contest at home against Illinois on Jan. 7 (7 p.m.), IU will travel to Penn State and face the Lady Lions on the network on Jan. 10 at Noon in State College.
On Jan. 14, Indiana will host Michigan at 7 p.m., before traveling to Columbus to face Ohio State on the Big Ten Network on Jan. 17 (2/4:30 p.m.). Following a game on Jan. 21 against Northwestern in Bloomington, the Hoosiers will head to Michigan on Jan. 24 (Noon, BTN), host Wisconsin on Jan. 28 (7 p.m.) and Ohio State on Jan. 31 (Noon, BTN).
The Hoosiers travel to Champaign on Feb. 7 to face Illinois (TBA) and will host Iowa on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. IU will have a two-game road trip beginning at Wisconsin on Feb. 14 (TBA) and will visit Northwestern on Feb. 18 (TBA). Indiana will host its only meeting with Minnesota on Feb. 21, a game that will be featured on the Big Ten Network with a Noon tip-off. On Feb. 25, the Hoosiers visit Iowa (TBA) and host Penn State on Feb. 28 (TBA) in their final regular season game.
"We are very excited about our eight games that will be televised nationally," added Legette-Jack. "I think it will give our fans nationwide a chance to see our team play some great competition and further showcase the strength of the Big Ten Conference."
Indianapolis and Conseco Fieldhouse will again serve as the home of the Big Ten Tournament on March 4-7. Each game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network with the championship game airing live on ESPN2.