NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione and women’s basketball head coach Sherri Coale announced the 2006-07 women’s basketball schedule on Tuesday afternoon.
The schedule features eight teams that reached the NCAA Tournament and five squads that competed in the WNIT. The 13 postseason opponents towers over the nine scheduled teams that did not reach postseason play.
“Once again we have created an ambitious and daunting schedule, especially when viewed as a precursor to the always difficult conference season,” said Coale. “We begin each season with the Big 12 Championship as our major goal. This non-conference schedule will prepare our team for that goal and the championship tournaments that follow.”
The home slate opens with an exhibition game against Missouri Western State on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Highlighting the non-conference portion of the schedule will be the season opening contest with DePaul in the State Farm Tipoff Classic on Nov. 12 at the Lloyd Noble Center. The State Farm Tipoff Classic owns the rights to the first two NCAA games of the Division I season. OU will play in the second game of the Tipoff Classic, which will be preceded by a contest between defending Big East Champion Rutgers and SEC power Georgia. All four teams in the Tipoff Classic reached the Sweet 16 last season.
After the Tipoff Classic, OU will spend nearly a month on the road. OU will compete against Eastern Kentucky (first round) and either Hawaii or Georgetown (second round) in the Waikiki Mariott Beach Classic on Nov. 17 and 18. On the way back from the big island, OU will stop off at UCLA (Nov. 21) to complete the two-game series that began in Norman last season.
OU will also face Lamar (Nov. 29), Tulsa (Dec. 2) and South Carolina (Dec. 7) on the road before returning to the Lloyd Noble Center for a three-game home stand against Arkansas Pine-Bluff (Dec. 10), Northern Colorado (Dec. 17) and defending Big Ten Champion Ohio State (Dec. 20). The non-conference portion of the season wraps up with New Mexico on Dec. 30. The Sooners and Lobos will play the contest at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
The Big 12 season begins on Jan. 3 at LNC, when WNIT Postseason Champion Kansas State comes to town. OU will also host Big 12 foes Texas Tech (Jan. 13), Iowa State (Jan. 24) and Texas A&M (Feb. 10) in January. The month of February will feature home games against Oklahoma State (Feb. 4), Texas (Feb. 12), Missouri (Feb. 25) and a can’t-miss senior night game against Baylor (Feb. 28).
The rotating Big 12 schedule sends the Sooners on the road to Nebraska (Jan. 6), Colorado (Jan. 20) and Kansas (Feb. 21), in addition to return trips to all of the Big 12 South schools.
Oklahoma City and the Cox Center will host the Big 12 Postseason Championship for the first time on March 6-8 & 10. The NCAA Tournament's first and second rounds are set for March 17-20, while the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds will occur March 24-27. The NCAA season ends in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena, which is hosting the 2007 Final Four, April 1 and 3.
OU is still attempting to add another exhibition game that would take place prior to the State Farm Tipoff Classic.
Currently, a limited amount of game times have been announced. OU will announce times and TV schedules as soon as available. All dates and times are tentative.