Women's Hoops Announces Non-Conference Slate

NORMAN, Okla. -- Sooner women's head basketball coach Sherri Coale announced her team's non-conference schedule Wednesday morning, and it's loaded with formidable opponents."

"Once again, our pre-conference schedule will be one of the most challenging in the country," Coale said. "We will have a young team that will be forced to grow up quickly, however. The Big 12 Conference is unforgiving. It's imperative that we prepare ourselves for the grind of league play and ultimately for the climb of March in the NCAA Tournament."

The Sooners, who have ranked in the Top 10 in strength of schedule for the past four seasons and five of the last six, start things off with an exhibition game against UCO Nov. 2 and have another exhibition game against Grand Canyon State University Nov. 10.

Then, they open up the regular season Nov. 13 with a home game against Sacramento State.

After that, they head to New Mexico Nov. 19, before playing in the Vanderbilt Tournament in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 25-26.

Their opponents will be either Liberty or Lipscomb in the first game and Vanderbilt in the second.

Following a week off, Ohio State comes to town Dec. 4 for a national battle in the Big 12/Big Ten Women's Basketball Challenge.

Next, it's a Dec. 8 contest at Fresno State.

Then, OU plays in its second non-conference tournament when it participates in the Duel in the Desert Dec. 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nev., which features Ohio, Syracuse and Xavier.

The Sooners then return home for a Dec. 28 matchup against TCU.

And they cap off the non-conference slate with a Feb. 13 home contest against Geno Auriemma's perennial national championship contending UConn Huskies.

It will be the second time in three years the Sooners host UConn in the Pack the Place Pink Game and the fourth consecutive season the two have met.

This year, OU will also host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship at Lloyd Noble Center Sunday, March 18, and Tuesday, March 20.

Stay tuned for the conference slate, which will be released in August.

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