Jayhawks release 2018-19 nonconference schedule
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s basketball will feel right at home throughout its 2018-19 nonconference schedule with seven of the 11 nonconference games being played inside Allen Fieldhouse. Three Jayhawks will also have the opportunity to play close to home in their home states throughout KU’s nonconference slate.
In Kansas head coach Brandon Schneider’s fourth season at the helm of the women’s basketball program, the Jayhawks are facing opponents from eight different leagues during nonconference play. Additionally, Kansas will play two schools that it hasn’t ever played before.
Exactly one month following its debut at Late Night in the Phog, Kansas will begin exhibition play on Sunday, Oct. 28 against Fort Hays State. The Jayhawks will conclude a two-game exhibition slate with Washburn on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Following its pair of exhibition games, Kansas will officially begin the 2018-19 campaign with a five-game homestand starting with local rival UMKC on Wednesday, Nov. 7, inside Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks lead the series with the ‘Roos, 16-4, with KU’s most recent victory coming last season in a 63-48 win.
After opening the season with UMKC, the Jayhawks welcome Oral Roberts back to Allen Fieldhouse for the first time since 2016. KU will play the Golden Eagles for the 15th time on Tuesday, Nov. 13, winning 13 of the 14 matchups to date, including 12-straight from 1977 through 2013.
Three opponents unfamiliar to the Jayhawks will conclude Kansas’ five-game homestand. Alabama A&M travels to Lawrence for just the second time in history on Sunday, Nov. 18 followed by first-time opponent George Mason on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
Following a trip to New York in the 2017-18 season, KU welcomes Iona to Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday, Nov. 25, the Jayhawks’ final game of a five-game home stretch. The Jayhawks are 2-0 all-time when playing the Gaels.
Kansas will travel to the home-state of sophomore forward Micaela Wilson and freshman guard Brooklyn Mitchell for their first road contest of the season at LSU on Thursday, Nov. 29. The Tigers finished seventh out of the 14 teams in the SEC in the 2017-18 season.
Former Big 12 foes Nebraska and Kansas will tipoff for the second-straight season on Wednesday, Dec. 5 in Pinnacle Bank Arena. Kansas looks to prevail over the Cornhuskers in the 2018-19 season after Nebraska snapped the Jayhawks’ seven-game winning streak last season in a 66-49 victory.
The Jayhawks will play Grambling State for the sixth time on Sunday, Dec. 9 and look to remain undefeated against the Tigers.
KU’s last matchups before the brief holiday break will come in senior guard Brianna Osorio’s hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada at the 2018 Duel in the Desert tournament. The eight team tournament will be hosted by UNLV at Cox Pavilion. The Jayhawks will play Washington State on Wednesday, Dec. 19, looking to even the all-time series with the Cougars, 1-1. Kansas will then tipoff with either Northwestern or in-state foe Wichita State on Thursday, Dec. 20
Kansas will conclude nonconference action against first-time opponent Vermont on Sunday, Dec. 30 before beginning Big 12 Conference play.
The Jayhawks return 10 players from last season’s team and welcome five newcomers, including redshirt freshman center Brittany Franklin. Joining Franklin, are freshmen guards Aniya Thomas and Brooklyn Mitchell and junior college transfers Mariane de Carvalho and Niccolly Ramalho.
Kansas returns 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and 2017 All-Big 12 second-team selection senior guard Jessica Washington and 2018 All-Big 12 honorable mention selection senior guard Christalah Lyons.
Season tickets are now on sale at just $109 for a full season of women’s basketball action in Allen Fieldhouse. Senior Citizen Reserved season tickets can be purchased for $80, while K Club Reserved season tickets are available at $75.
New for the 2018-2019 season, Kansas Athletics is introducing the Rock Chalk Card , which includes general admission to women’s basketball, soccer, softball and baseball are available for $175. The Rock Chalk Card and a women’s basketball reserved seat upgrade can be purchased for $225.
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