NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma will participate in the inaugural women’s basketball Big 12/SEC Challenge in 2014-15. The Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences announced the formation of the challenge, which will span at least two years and begin this upcoming season, Thursday.
The challenge will include two teams from each league in the initial two years; Oklahoma and the University of Texas from the Big 12 and the University of Arkansas and Texas A&M from the SEC.
"We consider it an honor to represent the Big 12 in this power conference match-up,” stated Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale, who begins her 19th year at the helm in 2014-15. “Opportunities like this provide the potential for developing out of conference rivalries that are both compelling and preparatory as we all shoot for the NCAA Tournament in March."
Oklahoma will face Arkansas, while Texas will square off against Texas A&M Dec. 21, 2014 at the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Ark. The opponents will be reversed the following season with games played on Dec. 20, 2015 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The 2014-15 challenge will take place in Little Rock to assist in the promotion of the 2015 SEC Women’s Basketball Championship, and the 2015-16 challenge will be held in Oklahoma City to promote the 2016 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship.
Times, ticket and television for the 2014 Big 12/SEC Challenge will be released as it becomes available.
Notes: Oklahoma and Arkansas will be facing each other for the 18th time in school history and the first time since the 2012-13 season. The Sooners hold the 10-7 edge in the all-time series with the Razorbacks. OU won the only other neutral site match-up 73-70 on Nov. 23, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown. The game between Oklahoma and Texas A&M in 2015-16 will be the first between the two schools since the Aggies moved from the Big 12 to the SEC after the 2011-12 campaign. The Sooners hold the 27-20 edge in the all-time series.