Sooners Release Non-Conference Slate

Tyler Pigg
By Tyler Pigg
Director of Communications

NORMAN – University of Oklahoma women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale and Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione announced the Sooners’ 2018-19 non-conference schedule on Thursday.

OU will once again face one of the nation’s toughest non-conference slates during the upcoming season. The Sooners will have eight matchups against teams that appeared in the postseason a year ago with five potential contests against NCAA Tournament teams: Connecticut, DePaul, South Florida, Tennessee and Western Kentucky.

The Sooners will also host five home non-conference contests prior to the start of Big 12 play, including games against NCAA Tournament squads DePaul, UConn and Western Kentucky.

"This season's non-conference schedule allows our team to be challenged early and often, while preparing this squad for the rigors of Big 12 play,” Coale said. “With three home games against NCAA Tournament teams from last season our fans will have the opportunity to watch our team's development against elite competition. I'm excited about the opportunity this non-conference slate gives us to learn and grow."

OU begins its home slate on Nov. 5 with an exhibition matchup against Northeastern State inside Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners begin the regular season with back-to-back home games against Western Kentucky (23-9, NCAA First Round) on Nov. 9 before hosting Northwestern State (7-22) on Nov. 15.

The Sooners will play five straight games away from home starting on Nov. 18 with a trip to South Florida (26-8, NCAA First Round). OU topped USF, 76-71, in Norman last season. Next up, OU will head to Bimini, Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam where it will open play against UAB (25-7, WNIT) on Nov. 22. The Sooners will face either Clemson (11-19) or Tennessee (25-8, NCAA Second Round) in their following game at the Junkanoo Jam on Nov. 23 or Nov. 24.

On Nov. 28, OU will travel to New Mexico for a rematch with the Lobos. Last season, the Sooners defeated New Mexico (24-11, WNIT), 105-63, inside Lloyd Noble Center. The SEC/Big 12 Challenge will take on place on Dec. 2 as Oklahoma makes its first-ever trip to Auburn (14-15).

The Sooners return to Norman and open a three-game homestand on Dec. 5 with Central Arkansas (21-10, WNIT). OU will see a familiar foe on Dec. 9 as DePaul (27-8, NCAA Second Round) makes the trip to Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners and Blue Demons squared off twice during the 2017-18 season, including a matchup in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

OU wraps up its home non-conference slate on Dec. 19 as the Sooners take on UConn (36-1, NCAA Final Four). It will be the first matchup between the two teams in Norman since 2012.

The Sooners close out their non-conference slate on Dec. 22 at SMU (10-20). OU defeated the Mustangs, 87-75, last season at home.

Oklahoma appeared in its 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament during the 2017-18 season and finished tied for third in the Big 12 with an 11-7 mark. OU returns the 2018 Big 12 Freshman of the Year Shaina Pellington, along with All-Big 12 Freshman and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection Ana Llanusa. The Sooners’ recruiting class was also ranked No. 9 nationally by Prospect Nation.

Tip-off times and TV information will be announced at a later date.

Season tickets for 2018-19 Oklahoma women's basketball can be reserved today with a $50 deposit. For more information, contact the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 456-4668.

OU's 18-game Big 12 Conference schedule is expected to be announced at a later date. The 2019 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship returns to Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, March 1-4.

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2018-19 Oklahoma Women's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Date Opponent Site Time (CT)
Nov. 5 Northeastern State (Exh.)   Lloyd Noble Cener TBD
Nov. 9 Western Kentucky  Lloyd Noble Center  TBD
Nov. 15 Northwestern State  Lloyd Noble Center TBD
Nov. 18 at South Florida  Tampa, Fla.  1 p.m.
Nov. 22 vs. UAB !  Bimini, Bahamas 4:15 p.m.
Nov. 23/24 vs. Clemson/Tennessee !  Bimini, Bahamas TBD
Nov. 28 at New Mexico  Albuquerque, N.M.  TBD
Dec. 2 at Auburn $  Auburn, Ala.  TBD
Dec. 5 Central Arkansas  Lloyd Noble Center  TBD
Dec. 9 DePaul  Lloyd Noble Center  TBD
Dec. 19 Connecticut  Lloyd Noble Center  TBD
Dec. 22 at SMU  Dallas, Texas  2 p.m.

! – Junkanoo Jam – Bimini, Bahamas
$ –  SEC/Big 12 Challenge – Auburn, Ala.
Dates and times subject to change