Air Force Releases 2004-05 Women's Basketball Schedule

    Head coach Ardie McInelly
    Head coach Ardie McInelly

    Sept. 9, 2004

    Back-to-back tournaments to open the season and five additional non-conference home contests amid an always challenging conference slate highlight the 2004-05 Air Force women's basketball schedule, as released today by head coach Ardie McInelly.

    The Falcons get the season off to a start by hosting the Air Force Classic, Nov. 19-20. McInelly and her team will face Montana State to open the tournament, followed by a meeting with either UC Davis or Louisiana-Lafayette. The Falcons spend the following weekend (Nov. 26-27) in a Thanksgiving tournament hosted by Northern Arizona, which includes the host Lumberjacks along with New Mexico State and Albany.

    "We're very excited to be hosting our own tournament this year," said McInelly. "It'll also be nice for us to go to the Northern Arizona Tournament, since it will give [senior] Jennifer Roesch the chance to showcase her talents in front of her friends and family. These two early season tournaments will give us some good experience."

    After traveling to Portland on Dec. 2, the Falcons return to Clune Arena for a pair of home games against Utah State (Dec. 4) and Illinois State (Dec. 7). Then, Air Force heads to Boise State on Dec. 10 as McInelly faces her alma mater before a contest at Northern Colorado on Dec. 13.

    Following a break for exams, the Falcons are back in action on Dec. 22, as they host the University of San Diego. After a short Christmas break, Air Force faces service academy-rivals Navy and Army, as the Midshipmen visit Clune Arena on Dec. 30, before the Falcons fly to West Point to take on the Black Knights on Jan. 3. The non-conference schedule wraps up for the Falcons with a Jan. 8 contest against cross-town opponent Regis.

    "We have a very balanced non-conference schedule to start out the season, in terms of home and away games," McInelly said. "Our earlier games should give us the chance to prepare for our tough conference schedule."

    Air Force begins the 2005 conference slate on the road, traveling to 2004 Mountain West champ New Mexico for a Jan. 15 game. The Falcons then play host to Utah (Jan. 20) and BYU (Jan. 22) before heading to the West Coast to face San Diego State on Jan. 27 and Las Vegas on Jan. 29.

    Feb. 3 marks the beginning of a three-game homestand, the longest of the season for the Falcons, as they take on Colorado State. Wyoming comes to town on Feb. 5, while New Mexico visits on Feb. 10. Air Force then heads to Utah to face BYU (Feb. 17) and Utah (Feb. 19).

    Contests against San Diego State (Feb. 24) and UNLV (Feb. 26) mark the final home games of the season for the Falcons, as they wrap up the regular season on the road at Wyoming (March 3) and Colorado State (March 5). Air Force will conclude its season at the Mountain West Conference Championships March 9-12 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.



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