Aug. 10, 1999
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State women's basketball coach Karen Langeland has finalized the 1999-2000 schedule and it features 10 teams that saw postseason play last year, including eight NCAA Tournament participants.
MSU will play one exhibition game, against an opponent still to be determined, on Nov. 13. The Spartans kick off the regular season by hosting 1999 NCAA Tournament participants Appalachian State and Alabama along with St. John's in the Felpausch/MSU Holiday Classic, Nov. 19-20. The tourney returns to the schedule for the 12th time following a year's absence.
"I'm pleased that the Felpausch Tournament is back on the schedule," Langeland said. "Felpausch has been a tremendous supporter of our program and we are excited to renew our partnership with them. This will be one of the most competitive Felpausch fields with Appalachian State, Alabama and St. John's."
The Spartans will play just two home games in the month of December, a non-conference outing against Illinois State (Dec. 2) and a matchup with Dayton (Dec. 17). The month is highlighted by road games against 1999 NCAA Tournament participants Notre Dame (Dec. 11) and North Carolina (Dec. 19). The contest against the Tar Heels will be played at Lambo Arena in Myrtle Beach, S.C., as part of a doubleheader with Penn State and Clemson.
The Big Ten Conference schedule moves to a Thursday-Sunday format this year to allow teams two days of preparation between games. MSU will play Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Iowa and defending NCAA Champion Purdue twice during the 16-game conference schedule and will meet Indiana (home), Penn State (home), Illinois (road) and Minnesota (road) just once. MSU opens league play against intrastate rival Michigan on Thursday, Dec. 30 before returning home to face Ohio State on Sunday, Jan. 2. The Spartans will close out the Big Ten regular season with road games against Purdue (Feb. 24) and Minnesota (Feb. 27). The 2000 Big Ten Tournament will move to Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., and will change to a Thursday through Sunday format.
Another change in MSU's schedule is the starting time for home games. The Spartans will play all of their weekday games at 7 p.m., this season, one half hour earlier than in the past.
"This is a great schedule for our team," Langeland said. "It is certainly a much stronger schedule than in the last couple of years, but that is by design because we will be a more experienced team this season.
"We have quality opponents in Appalachian State, Notre Dame and North Carolina, and the Big Ten is stronger than ever with seven teams coming off postseason play last year, including national champion, Purdue.
"There are several changes in the schedule that will benefit our team and our fans," Langeland added. "The most beneficial change is the move to a Thursday-Sunday format in the Big Ten. The extra day of practice will help everyone in the conference. It's also helpful because our fans will no longer have to choose between our games and Friday night hockey games and it will alleviate any parking conflicts."
Langeland, who will be embarking on her 24th year at Michigan State, returns 11 players and four starters from last season's 17-14 squad that advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT. The Spartans will get a head start on the 1999-2000 season with a five-game, 10-day tour of Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, Aug. 16-25.
NOVEMBER Saturday 13 TBA (Exhibition) TBA Fri.-Sat. 19-20 Felpausch/MSU Holiday Classic Friday 19 Alabama vs. St. John's 6:00 pm Appalachian State vs. MSU 8:00 pm Saturday 20 Consolation 6:00 pm Championship 8:00 pm Wednesday 24 at Detroit TBA Saturday 27 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 7:00 pm
DECEMBER Thursday 2 ILLINOIS STATE 7:00 pm Sunday 5 at Butler 2:00 pm Wednesday 8 at Central Michigan 6:00 pm Saturday 11 at Notre Dame 2:00 pm Friday 17 DAYTON 7:00 pm Sunday 19 MSU vs. North Carolina % TBA Tuesday 21 at Ohio TBA Thursday 30 at Michigan 7:00 pm
JANUARY Sunday 2 OHIO STATE 2:00 pm Thursday 6 at Northwestern 7:00 pm Sunday 9 WISCONSIN 2:00 pm Thursday 13 INDIANA 7:00 pm Thursday 20 at Iowa 7:00 pm Sunday 23 PENN STATE 2:00 pm Thursday 27 at Ohio State 7:30 pm Sunday 30 at Illinois 2:00 pm
FEBRUARY Thursday 3 NORTHWESTERN 7:00 pm Sunday 6 IOWA 2:00 pm Sunday 13 at Wisconsin 1:30 pm Thursday 17 PURDUE 7:00 pm Sunday 20 MICHIGAN 2:00 pm Thursday 24 at Purdue 7:00 pm Sunday 27 at Minnesota 2:00 pm
MARCH Thr.-Sun. 2-5 Big Ten Tournament, Indianapolis, IN Fri.-Mon. 17-20 NCAA First & Second Rounds Sat.-Mon. 25-27 NCAA Regionals Fri.-Sun. 31-A 2 NCAA Final Four (First Union Center - Philadelphia, Pa.)
Home Games (BOLD) played at the Breslin Center % (Lambo Arena, Myrtle Beach, S.C.) All times are local to the event and subject to change