Big 12 lineup completes 2017-18 Kansas schedule
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s basketball finalized its 2017-18 slate as the Big 12 Conference announced the league lineup for the upcoming season on Thursday morning.
Led by 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year senior guard Jessica Washington, the Jayhawks look to continue improving using their “Tough and Together” mantra in the 2017-18 campaign. Kansas’ third season under head coach Brandon Schneider begins with two exhibition games followed by nine nonconference games in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks have just two competitions on the road before beginning Big 12 play at the end of December.
KU’s final 18 games of the regular season begins on Thursday, Dec. 28 at Iowa State. The Jayhawks lead the Cyclones, 47-36, in the all-time series. Kansas will welcome TCU to Allen Fieldhouse for the first Big 12 home game of the year on Sunday, Dec.31.
The Jayhawks will face the six Big 12 teams that appeared in the NCAA Tournament last season twice each in the league’s double round-robin format, including two teams that made appearances in the NCAA Sweet 16. Inside Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks host TCU (Dec. 31), Baylor (Jan. 6), West Virginia (Jan. 10), Texas Tech (Jan. 17), Kansas State (Jan. 28), Texas (Jan. 31), Oklahoma (Feb. 10), Oklahoma State (Feb. 21) and Iowa State (Feb. 27).
The 2018 Phillips Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship will be held March 2-5 at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Kansas returns seven letterwinners from the 2016-17 campaign and added seven newcomers during the offseason. Among the returning players is the 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, senior guard Jessica Washington, who led the Big 12 in scoring with 19.3 points per game in league action.
Kansas’ 33rd annual Late Night in the Phog presented by Hy-Vee, signaling the official start of KU’s hoops season, will be Saturday, Sept. 30. Activities begin at 10 a.m. with a Phog Festival on the front lawn of historic Allen Fieldhouse. Doors open for Late Night at 4:30 p.m. for KU students and 5 p.m. for the general public; the program will start at 6:30 p.m.
The Phog Festival will involve many activities for all fans to enjoy leading up to Late Night, including a Family Fun Zone, radio remotes, a mobile video board and a live DJ. The festival will also include food trucks, giveaways, interactive displays and much more throughout the day.
Season tickets are now on sale at just $80 for a full season of women’s basketball action in Allen Fieldhouse. Family Zone tickets are also available and include two adult and two youth tickets to every home game for only $180.
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