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IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team will open the Big Ten season Dec. 28 at Illinois. The conference released the composite schedule Monday.
Iowa was 19-14 last season, finishing in a ninth-place tie in the league at 8-10. The Hawkeyes lost to Ball State in the first round of the WNIT and returns four starters — Ally Disterhoft, Tania Davis, Chase Coley and Megan Gustafson.
The first home Big Ten game is Dec. 31, against Nebraska.
Iowa faces two-time defending Big Ten champion Maryland twice — away on Jan. 14, and at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Jan. 29.
In other news, the university announced Monday that Rob Brooks and Jamie Cavey Lang will lead the 2016-17 women’s basketball broadcast team.
Brooks has been Iowa football’s sideline announcer since 2004. He succeeds Brent Balbinot, who will announce for the football and men’s basketball programs at Toledo.
Lang lettered at Iowa from 2002 through 2005, finishing her career with with 1,265 points and 506 rebounds. She was a two-time All-Big Ten selection, earned her master’s degree in higher education from Iowa and is currently a career advisor at the university.
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA 2016-17 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Sunday, Nov. 6 — Lewis (Exh.)
Friday, Nov. 11 — Oral Roberts
Sunday, Nov. 13 — Hampton
Wednesday, Nov. 16 — at North Dakota
Saturday, Nov. 19 — Massachusetts (Hawkeye Challenge)
Sunday, Nov. 20 — Montana/South Dakota State (Hawkeye Challenge)
Thursday, Nov. 24 — vs. UCLA (Cancun Challenge)
Friday, Nov. 25 — vs. James Madison (Cancun Challenge)
Wednesday, Nov. 30 — Notre Dame (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)
Sunday, Dec. 4 — Northern Iowa
Wednesday, Dec. 7 — Iowa State
Friday, Dec. 9 — Robert Morris
Sunday, Dec. 18 — at Drake
Tuesday, Dec. 20 — Kent State
Wednesday, Dec. 28 — at Illinois
Saturday, Dec. 31 — Nebraska
Tuesday, Jan. 3 — at Penn State
Wednesday, Jan. 11 — Illinois
Saturday, Jan. 14 — Maryland
Tuesday, Jan. 17 — at Rutgers
Saturday, Jan. 21 — Minnesota
Sunday, Jan. 29 — at Maryland
Thursday, Feb. 2 — Rutgers
Sunday, Feb. 5 — at Michigan
Thursday, Feb. 9 — Michigan State
Sunday, Feb. 12 — at Ohio State
Thursday, Feb. 16 — Northwestern
Sunday, Feb. 19 — at Purdue
Wednesday, Feb. 22 — at Indiana
Sunday, Feb. 26 — Wisconsin
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