San Antonio Silver Stars host Chinese National Team in tipoff game

WNBA Announces 2003 Preseason Schedule

NEW YORK, March 7 � The 2003 WNBA preseason tips off May 5 when the San Antonio Silver Stars host the Chinese National Team at the University of Texas. It is the first of four games pitting the Chinese National Team against WNBA teams as they face the Houston Comets on May 6, the Sacramento Monarchs on May 9, and the Los Angeles Sparks on May 13.

The WNBA preseason schedule is comprised of 22 games, with teams allowed to play up to four preseason games. WNBA team training camps open Sunday, April 27 with Media Day scheduled for Monday, April 28 at the teams� respective training facilities.

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Charlotte Sting Cleveland Rockers
Connecticut Sun Detroit Shock
Houston Comets Indiana Fever
Los Angeles Sparks Minnesota Lynx
New York Liberty Phoenix Mercury
Sacramento Monarchs San Antonio Silver Stars
Seattle Storm Washington Mystics
The WNBA will tip off its seventh season Thursday, May 22 with two Western Conference games featuring the Seattle Storm against the Houston Comets at the Compaq Center and the Sacramento Monarchs vs. the Phoenix Mercury at America West Arena. The league�s newest broadcast partner, ABC, will air the first of seven regular season Saturday afternoon games on May 24, as the two-time defending WNBA Champion Los Angeles Sparks travel to play the league�s newest franchise, the Connecticut Sun, at 4 p.m. ET.

ESPN2 will televise 10 regular season contests in 2003 with the Oxygen network broadcasting 13 games during the regular season. Rounding out the broadcast schedule, Telemundo will, for the first time, televise up to 10 additional games, and NBA TV begins its inaugural season of WNBA game coverage broadcasting 40 regular season and playoff contests to 28 different countries.

A record 2,362,430 fans attended WNBA games during the 2002 season, with an average attendance of 9,228 fans, up from 9,075 in 2001. The 2002 WNBA Finals concluded with the Los Angeles Sparks capturing their second consecutive WNBA title. The league enters its seventh season in 2003, with the WNBA All-Star Game marking its fifth anniversary with a return to Madison Square Garden on Saturday, July 12. The event will be held on the weekend for the first time and make its network television debut on ABC.

WNBA 2003 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
DateVisitorHomeLocal TimeLocation
May 5 Chinese National Team San Antonio7:30 p.m.U. of Texas, Austin, Texas
May 6 New York Connecticut 7 P.M. Mohegan Sun Arena
May 6 Chinese National Team Houston 7:30 P.M. Compaq Center
May 6DetroitMinnesota12:00 P.M.Target Center
May 8 Indiana Charlotte 7:30 P.M. Charlotte Coliseum
May 9 Washington Minnesota 7 P.M. Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, Minn.
May 9 Chinese National Team Sacramento 7 P.M. ARCO Arena
May 10 New York Houston 7:30 P.M. Compaq Center
May 10 San Antonio Los Angeles 7 P.M. Long Beach State University-The Pyramid
May 11 Connecticut Charlotte 2 P.M. Sting Training Center
May 11 Sacramento Seattle 6 P.M. Tacoma Dome
May 13 Chinese National Team Los Angeles 7:30 P.M. Loyola Marymount University, L.A., Calif.
May 13 Cleveland Washington 11:30 A.M. MCI Center
May 14 Minnesota Detroit 7:30 P.M. Birch Run Expo Center
May 14 Phoenix Indiana 7 P.M. Conseco Fieldhouse
May 15 Seattle Sacramento 7 P.M. University of Pacific, Stockton Calif
May 15 Houston Connecticut 7 P.M. Mohegan Sun Arena
May 16 Los Angeles San Antonio 7:30 P.M. SBC Center
May 16 Charlotte Phoenix 7 P.M. America West
May 17 Indiana Phoenix 7 P.M. America West
May 18 Houston New York 4 P.M. Madison Square Garden
May 18 Detroit Cleveland 7 P.M. Gund Arena