The Colorado women's basketball team has tried to build a tougher non-conference schedule each year.

The 2013-14 schedule could be the Buffaloes' toughest in years.

CU's schedule is not official, as the program continues to try to fill one more game and tie up some loose ends with some matchups, but a pair of games against Big Ten opponents highlight the home portion of the schedule. The Buffs will also visit the national runner-up.

The Buffs will entertain Iowa on Nov. 20 and Illinois on Dec. 7. The matchup with Iowa is the start of a home-and-home series. The Illinois game completes a home-and-home series, as CU went to Champaign, Ill., last year.

Iowa reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in March. Although the Hawkeyes lose several key players from that team, they do return junior point guard Samantha Logic, who earned All-Big Ten recognition, and junior guard Melissa Dixon, who was the Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year.

In 13 seasons with head coach Lisa Bluder, Iowa has been to the NCAA Tournament 10 times, including the past six years. They've been there 22 times since 1986.

Illinois just missed the NCAA Tournament last year, settling for the Women's NIT. However, the Illini upset several quality opponents along the way, and return most of the roster from last year. The game with Illinois is slated for the same day the CU men will host Kansas.

CU will also visit Louisville, which advanced to the NCAA title game in April.


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CU defeated the Cardinals in Boulder last season. Louisville had seven players start at least 10 games last year and all seven are back.

Colorado is 22-0 in non-conference regular season games the past two seasons.

Abatemarco officially leaving CU

For the first time since Tad Boyle arrived as CU's head men's basketball coach three years ago, he will have to replace an assistant coach.

Director of player development Tom Abatemarco is leaving CU to join the staff at Loyola Marymount University. The move was reported last week, but made official on Monday.

"This is an opportunity for me that I really like, I've known (LMU coach Max Good) for many years and I think LMU could be a sleeping giant in the West Coast Conference," Abatemarco said in a press release.

"I hope Colorado can go on, continue to make the NCAA Tournament and hopefully make the Final Four in Coach Boyle's tenure.

Edelman named co-captain of Team USA

Colorado volleyball player Nicole Edelman has been named a co-captain for the Women's Junior National Team.

Edelman, a sophomore, was named to the team in May and departed with the WJNT for the Czech Republic on Saturday. The team will play in the Czech Republic June 21-30.

Notable

Roberto Aspillaga, who has been the associate head coach for the CU women's tennis team, is leaving CU to become the head coach at Stephen F. Austin. The Pac-12 Network announced Monday that it will broadcast 90 women's volleyball matches this next season, including Colorado games.

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