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Lady’Backs announce full 2005-06 basketball schedule

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Lady’Backs announce full 2005-06 basketball schedule

FAYETTEVILLE – With the completion of the Southeastern Conference portion of the 2005-06 schedule, the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team is ready to begin its 30th season of varsity play. Lady Razorback head coach Susie Gardner is pleased with the schedule, and eager to begin full practice in mid-October. “We’re looking forward to this year,” Gardner said. “There’s a lot of home games in the preseason, and I’ve learned to appreciate Bud Walton Arena.” Arkansas opens at home on Nov. 21 with Memphis, and plays five more games at Walton Arena in late November and early December. The Lady’Backs open the regular season in Dallas against Southern Methodist on Nov. 18. “I know Dallas is important to Arkansas fans, and it’s a great chance to take Rochelle (Vaughn) home for her senior year,” Gardner said. Vaughn, a senior on the court, begins graduate school this fall, and is one of six senior players on the 2005-06 team. The Lady’Backs make their first-ever visit to the state of Oregon with a Thanksgiving trip to face Oregon on Nov. 25 and Portland State on Nov. 26. Arkansas closes the non-conference slate with the Florida International Fun & Sun Classic on Dec. 29-30. “The team is excited about seeing a new part of the country when we go to Oregon, and the trip to Miami will be a great holiday break tournament,” Gardner said. While Arkansas released its non-conference schedule several weeks ago, the SEC finalized the 14-game conference portion of the Lady’Back schedule on Friday. “The first thing people will notice is the change in SEC games, and it gives us a different look,” Gardner said. “But in this league, whoever you play twice is tough.” The conference schedule rotates in the 2005-06 season with the Lady’Backs swapping Ole Miss for Miss State as Arkansas’ Western Division home-and-home and Vanderbilt replacing Tennessee as the Eastern Division partner. Arkansas’ permanent travel partner remains LSU. Arkansas opens league play on the road against its new Western Division rotator at Starkville, Miss., on Jan. 5, then returns to Bud Walton Arena to host the East rotator Commodores on Sunday, Jan. 8. The Lady’Backs’ seven home SEC games include Auburn on Jan. 12, the return game with Miss State on Jan. 26, the Florida Gators on Jan. 26, Final Four LSU on Feb. 2, Kentucky on Feb. 12 and Senior Night with Georgia on Feb. 23. The SEC Tournament returns to ALLTEL Arena in North Little Rock on March 4-7 to close the season. Season tickets for Lady Razorback basketball go on sale in late October, and fans interested in tickets for the SEC Tournament can also purchase them through the Lady Razorback Ticket Office. For more information about Arkansas women’s basketball or tickets to Lady’Back games, go on-line at LADYBACKS.COM.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS2005-06 LADY RAZORBACK BASKETBALL
DATEOPPONENTSITETIME
Nov. 6Cameron [Exhibition]FAYETTEVILLE2:00 PM
Nov. 11Missouri Southern [Exhibition]FAYETTEVILLE7:00 PM
Nov. 18at Southern MethodistDallas, TX7;00 PM
Nov. 21MemphisFAYETTEVILLE7:00 PM
Nov. 25at OregonEugene, OR9:00 PM
Nov. 26at Portland StatePortland, OR9:00 PM
Nov. 29GramblingFAYETTEVILLE7:00 PM
Dec. 1TulsaFAYETTEVILLE7:00 PM
Dec. 4UMKCFAYETTEVILLE2:00 PM
Dec. 6at Western KentuckyBowling Green, KY7:00 PM
Dec. 15Nicholls StateHot Springs, AR7:00 PM
Dec. 18Texas-Pan AmericanFAYETTEVILLE2:00 PM
Dec. 21New OrleansFAYETTEVILLE7:00 PM
Dec. 29-30FIU Fun & Sun ClassicMiami, FL
Coppin State, Northern Illinois, Florida International, Arkansas

Thursday, Dec. 29Friday, Dec. 30
Northern Ill. vs. Florida International4:00 PMConsolation Game4:00 PM
ARKANSAS vs. Coppin State6:00 PMChampionship Game6:00 PM
Jan. 5at MISS STATE*Starkville, MS7:00 PM
Jan. 8VANDERBILT*FAYETTEVILLE2:00 PM
Jan. 12AUBURN*FAYETTEVILLE7:00 PM
Jan. 15at ALABAMA*Tuscaloosa, AL2:00 PM
Jan. 22MISS STATE*FAYETTEVILLE2:00 PM
Jan. 26FLORIDA*FAYETTEVILLE7:00 PM
Jan. 29at SOUTH CAROLINA*Columbia, SC1:00 PM
Feb. 2LSU*FAYETTEVILLE7:00 PM
Feb. 5at TENNESSEE*Knoxville, TN1:00 PM
Feb. 9at VANDERBILT*Nashville, TN7:00 PM
Feb. 12KENTUCKY*FAYETTEVILLE2:00 PM
Feb. 19at LSU*Baton Rouge, LA2:00 PM
Feb. 23GEORGIA*FAYETTEVILLE7:00 PM
Feb. 26at MISSISSIPPI*Oxford, MS2:00 PM
M. 4-7Southeastern Conference TournamentN. Little Rock, ARTBA
M. 18 & 20NCAA First and Second RoundChicago, Denver, Nashville, Tucson
M. 19 & 21NCAA First and Second RoundNorfolk, Trenton, Univ. Park, W. Lafayette
M. 25 & 27NCAA RegionalsAlbuquerque/San Antonio
M. 26 & 28NCAA RegionalsBridgeport/Cleveland
A. 2 & 4NCAA Final FourFleet Center, Boston, MA


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