Aug. 22, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten announced its 2006-07 women’s basketball conference schedule Tuesday. Ohio State, the two-time defending league champion, will open Big Ten play at Iowa Dec. 31. The Buckeyes also travel to Purdue Jan. 29 for a national spotlight game on ESPN2. Ohio State will wrap up the regular season with three of its last four games at home.

Although the Big Ten schedule begins Dec. 28, the Buckeyes have a bye week before traveling to Iowa City. Ohio State swept the Hawkeyes last season in two high-scoring contests. Iowa, an NCAA tournament qualifier last season, makes the return trip to Columbus Feb. 4. Ohio State’s league home opener is against Minnesota, also an NCAA tournament team, Jan. 4. The Buckeyes travel to Minneapolis Feb. 8.

Ohio State alternates away and home games for the next four contests, traveling to Penn State (Jan. 11), playing host to Northwestern (Jan. 14), trekking to Wisconsin (Jan. 18) and returning home vs. Illinois (Jan. 21). Northwestern visits Ohio State Feb. 1, while the Buckeyes face Illinois in Champaign, Ill., Feb. 11. Ohio State went a perfect 6-0 against those teams last season.

The Badgers and Nittany Lions are part of the Buckeyes’ longest Big Ten home stretch in late February. Wisconsin (Feb. 15) and Penn State (Feb. 22) sandwich Ohio State’s only scheduled tilt with Michigan State Feb. 18. OSU swept three games from the Spartans in 2006, including a victory on a last-second, game-winning layup by two-time reigning Big Ten player of the year Jessica Davenport in East Lansing, Mich.

Ohio State and Purdue, which placed second to the Buckeyes in the Big Ten race last year, match up only once during the regular season Jan. 29 in West Lafayette, Ind. The game is scheduled to be broadcast by ESPN2. The contest against the Boilermakers follows Ohio State’s only meeting with Indiana, a Jan. 25 home date. The Buckeyes play Michigan once as well, completing the regular season slate Feb. 25 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Ohio State’s non-conference schedule and start times for all games are incomplete and will be announced at a later date.

The Buckeyes captured the Big Ten regular-season crown for the second year in a row in 2006, compiling a 15-1 league mark. Ohio State enters 2007 conference play boasting a 17-game winning streak against Big Ten foes.

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2006-07 Ohio State Women’s Basketball Big Ten Schedule

Date Opponent Site Television
Sunday, Dec. 31 at Iowa Iowa City, Iowa
Thursday, Jan. 4 MINNESOTA Columbus, Ohio
Thursday, Jan. 11 at Penn State State College, Pa.
Sunday, Jan. 14 NORTHWESTERN Columbus, Ohio
Thursday, Jan. 18 at Wisconsin Madison, Wis.
Sunday, Jan. 21 ILLINOIS Columbus, Ohio
Thursday, Jan. 25 INDIANA Columbus, Ohio
Monday, Jan. 29 at Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. ESPN2
Thursday, Feb. 1 at Northwestern Evanston, Ill.
Sunday, Feb. 4 IOWA Columbus, Ohio
Thursday, Feb. 8 at Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn.
Sunday, Feb. 11 at Illinois Champaign, Ill.
Thursday, Feb. 15 WISCONSIN Columbus, Ohio
Sunday, Feb. 18 MICHIGAN STATE Columbus, Ohio
Thursday, Feb. 22 PENN STATE Columbus, Ohio
Sunday, Feb. 25 at Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich.