Jayhawks reveal second half of 2016-17 slate
IRVING, Texas – Kansas women’s basketball learned how the second half of its 2016-17 campaign will look after the Big 12 Conference announced the 2016-17 women’s basketball schedule on Thursday afternoon.
KU’s second season under head coach Brandon Schneider tips off with two exhibition games and 11 nonconference contests before the Big 12 Conference season gets underway in late December. The Jayhawks’ nonconference schedule features 10 home games, including the pair of exhibition games.
The Jayhawks final 18 games of the regular season begin on Dec. 29 with Oklahoma, the second year in a row that Kansas has opened its Big 12 lineup with the Sooners in December. KU’s first road game of the 2017 Big 12 lineup is at Baylor on Jan. 1.
In 2017, 14 of KU’s 18 conference contests are against a foe that appeared in last year’s NCAA Tournament, including two opponents that made it to the Elite Eight. The 2017 season marks KU’s 20th Big 12 campaign, which started in 1997.
Inside Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks will host Texas (Jan. 4), Baylor (Jan. 15), West Virginia (Jan. 18), Texas Tech (Jan. 28), TCU (Feb. 5), Oklahoma State (Feb. 8), Iowa State (Feb. 21) and Kansas State (Feb. 25).
The Big 12 schedule features a double round-robin format in which the Jayhawks will face each conference opponent twice. The 2017 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship will be held March 3-7 at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The Big 12 Conference will also serve as host of the 2017 Women’s Final Four at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Semifinals are scheduled for Friday, March 31 with the national championship game to be played on Sunday, April 2.
Schneider returns 12 student-athletes from a year ago and added three transfers during the offseason. Among the 12 returning are a pair of transfers, McKenzie Calvert and Jessica Washington, who are now eligible to play in 2016-17.
The University of Kansas men’s and women’s basketball teams will open their 2016-17 seasons at the 32nd annual Late Night in the Phog presented by Hy-Vee Saturday, Oct. 1, in Allen Fieldhouse. Late Night in the Phog will run from 6:30 p.m. to approximately 9:30 p.m.
The event will feature recognition of KU’s unprecedented 12th-straight Big 12 Championship, music by the KU pep band, skits by both basketball teams, video highlights from KU’s award-winning Rock Chalk Video department, coach and player introductions, scrimmages by the KU men’s and women’s teams and much more.
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