Women's Basketball Announces 2007-08 Schedule

Aug. 22, 2007

LAWRENCE, Kan. — A daunting schedule featuring 10 NCAA Tournament teams and four Women’s NIT squads lies ahead for the 2007-08 edition of the Kansas women’s basketball program.

“Facing 14 teams who competed in the post season last year will be a huge task for this basketball team,” said fourth-year KU Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson. “The experience we gained last year as a young team will be very valuable.”

The Jayhawks will dust off the cobwebs with two exhibition contests in Allen Fieldhouse. KU will play host to Pittsburg State (Nov. 4) and Emporia State (Nov. 8) in their final tune-ups before the official start of the season.

Kansas will open the regular season hosting 2007 WNIT participant Hartford in Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday, Nov. 11. They will stay in Lawrence for a game with UMKC on Wednesday Nov. 14, before traveling to Dallas for the SMU “Hoops for the Cure” Tournament over Thanksgiving weekend. In addition to the Jayhawks and Mustangs, Western Michigan and Drake will also participate in the two-game tourney.

A home game versus Creighton on Tuesday, Nov. 27, will close out the month and kick off a five-game home stand. After taking on the Blue Jays, KU will play host to Saint Louis (Dec. 2), Marquette (Dec. 6), Indiana (Dec. 9) and UC Riverside (Dec. 16). Marquette and UC Riverside were both NCAA Tournament teams last season, while Indiana took part in the WNIT.

The Jayhawks will then hit the road for a pair of games in northern California, traveling to San Jose State on Wednesday, Dec. 19, before heading to Cal for a rematch with the Golden Bears on Friday, Dec. 21. Last year Cal defeated KU 73-65 in Allen Fieldhouse.

After breaking for the holidays, the Jayhawks will host Boston University on Sunday, Dec. 30, before traveling to Xavier on Friday, Jan. 4, for their final non-conference game of 2007-08.

“Our non-conference schedule will once again be challenging,” said Henrickson. “With those challenges come the opportunities to prepare ourselves for the outstanding talent we will face in our league.”

The Jayhawks will open Big 12 Conference play with a home tilt against 2007 NCAA Tournament team Oklahoma State. They will also host Missouri (Jan. 19), Texas A&M (Jan. 26), Iowa State (Feb. 2), Colorado (Feb. 13), Nebraska (Feb. 17), Texas (Feb. 27) and Kansas State (March 5) during league action.

Kansas will play Big 12 road games at Nebraska (Jan. 12), Baylor (Jan. 16), Colorado (Jan. 22), Oklahoma (Jan. 30), Kansas State (Feb. 9), Texas Tech (Feb. 20), Missouri (Feb. 24) and Iowa State (March 1).

“Competing in the Big 12 Conference is as tough as it gets,” said Henrickson. “Our league is full of talented coaches, elite-level players and the best fans in America. The Big 12 is the most difficult league to win on the road because of the tremendous fan support.”

The 2008 Big 12 Championship will tip off Tuesday, March 11, in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium, with the championship game slated for Saturday, March 15.

Big 12 Conference game times and televised games to be announced at a later date.