Beginning with the 2014-15 season, the Big 12 and Southeastern Conference will expand their basketball challenge series to include women’s hoops.
For the first two years, only two teams from each conference will take part in the inter-conference challenge.
Texas will matchup with Texas A&M and Oklahoma will play Arkansas. In 2014-15, the four teams will play a doubleheader on Dec. 21 at the Verizon Center in North Little Rock. The following year, the same four teams and matchups will be part of a double bill on Dec. 20 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
The venues and teams for the initial two seasons of the Big 12-SEC Women’s Basketball Challenge were selected to aid in the promotion of the 2015 SEC Women’s Basketball Championship, to be played at the Verizon Center in Little Rock, and the Big 12 Women’s Championship, which will be played at the Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.
“The Challenge against the SEC will provide exciting matchups in these next two seasons that enhances both leagues’ nonconference slate,” Dru Hancock, Big 12 senior associate commissioner, said in a statement issued by the conference. “In addition, it provides a unique opportunity to promote conference championships in the venues in which they will be played.
“We’re hopeful that this initial that this initial challenge will include more teams in the future,” Hancock said.
The Big 12 men also have a Big 12-SEC Basketball Challenge. All of the Big 12 men’s teams and 10 of the 12 SEC teams participate in the multi-year challenge series.