The first seven of 12 will be played at home and the three of the final four are on the road.
“Our conference schedule is demanding every year, and 2014 is no exception,” said UI head coach Lisa Bluder. “The Big Ten is one of the toughest conferences in women’s basketball. Every night we step on the court, we will face quality opponents.”
The tough conference schedule kicks off Jan. 2 on the road against Indiana and ends with the annual Big Ten Tournament on March 6-9. The tournament this year will be at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
The home slate for Iowa includes three weekend games, four mid-week dates and one Monday tilt. The Hawkeyes’ Big Ten home opener will be against two-time defending league champion Penn State on Jan. 5.
“We have the opportunity to play against great teams in some very tough environments,” Bluder said. “We are also challenging our team with a difficult nonconference schedule, facing numerous teams that were in postseason play a year ago. We are excited for the 2013-14 season.”
Iowa’s two mid-week byes will be Jan. 23 and Feb. 20.
The Hawkeyes will face Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State twice and the other six conference teams just once. Iowa host Michigan State, Nebraska and Northwestern and travels to Michigan, Purdue and Wisconsin.
The Hawkeyes are trying to secure their seventh straight NCAA Tournament berth this season. They are the only Big Ten program and one of only 13 in the nation that has been to six straight.