SEC, Big 12 Extend Women’s Basketball Event

The Southeastern and Big 12 conferences have announced an extension of their women’s basketball challenge that will expand to 10 games in both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Alabama will play Kansas and TCU.

The Alabama women’s basketball team of Coach Kristy Curry will play Kansas in December of 2016 in Foster Auditorium. In December, 2018, the Crimson Tide will go to TCU.

Ten teams from the SEC will participate while every team from the Big 12 will take part in the Challenge each season. The format features five home games on campus sites for each conference per year. Teams will not face the same opponent twice.

In 2016, games will be scheduled over the dates of Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4. Exact dates of matchups and television designation will be released when available.

“We are excited to see the SEC/Big 12 Challenge expand in women’s basketball,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “The matchups on these four days, each year, will showcase the strength and depth of our women’s basketball teams and provide the fans of both conferences with exhilarating games.”

The inaugural challenge was held in 2014 in Little Rock, Ark., and featured a top 5 matchup with No. 3 Texas squaring off against No. 4 Texas A&M. Oklahoma and Arkansas, who were both receiving votes in the Associated Press Poll, played in the second game. The conferences split the Challenge with the two games decided by a total of nine points.

The 2015 version will be contested in Oklahoma City on Sunday, December 20, 2015, with the opponents reversed. Texas will play Arkansas while Oklahoma entertains Texas A&M.

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