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Sooner Women's Basketball Releases Non-Conference Schedule

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Oklahoma women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale announced the Sooners’ 2016-17 non-conference schedule on Thursday.

The slate features four matchups against teams that participated in the 2016 NCAA Tournament: BYU, Colorado State, Kentucky and South Dakota State. The Sooners will play nine home contests prior to the start of Big 12 play.

“With nine of our 14 non-conference games inside the Lloyd Noble Center, our fans will have plenty of opportunities to watch us develop as a team before we dive into the rigors of Big 12 play,” Coale said. “We will be tested early and often against several elite teams on our home court as well as on the road. While the rugged schedule could be an abrupt entry into the college game for our newcomers, I am confident that our senior leadership will guide their acclimation. The challenges of this pre-conference slate will give us a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow together.” 

OU begins with a pair of exhibition contests at Lloyd Noble Center, hosting Midwestern State (Nov. 2) and Oklahoma City (Nov. 7) before starting the regular season. The Sooners take on Southern Illinois on Nov. 13 to open the regular season before facing off against Little Rock on Nov. 16.

The Sooners will face four NCAA Tournament foes in as many games starting with their first road trip of the year to BYU on Nov. 19. OU returns home on Nov. 23 to take on South Dakota State before hosting Colorado State on Nov. 27 at Lloyd Noble Center.

OU hits the road to take on a familiar foe in the 2016 Big 12/SEC Challenge on Dec. 1. The Sooners will return to Lexington, Ky., to face Kentucky, who eliminated OU from last season’s NCAA Tournament.

The Sooners return to Lloyd Noble Center to begin a three-game homestand on Dec. 4 against in-state foe Oral Roberts. OU will welcome Texas Rio Grande Valley on Dec. 8 before wrapping up its non-conference home slate against Tulsa on Dec. 11.

OU concludes non-conference play by traveling to the 2016 Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan, P.R., Dec. 19-21. The Sooners will face Xavier on Dec. 19, California on Dec. 20 and Portland State on Dec. 21 at the three-day tournament. 

The Sooners bring back four starters and 12 returners from last year’s team that finished 22-11 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. OU has made 17 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, the fifth-longest streak in the country.

Tip-off times and broadcast information will be announced at a later date. Season tickets for the 2016-17 OU women’s basketball are available now. For more information or to reserve your season tickets, contact the OU Athletics Ticket Office by phone (800) 456-4668 or by clicking here.

The 18-game Big 12 schedule is expected to be announced in August. The 2016 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship will take place at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, March 3-6.

OKLAHOMA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

DAY                 DATE               OPPONENT                            SITE                           TIME (CT)

Wednesday       Nov. 2               Midwestern State (Exh.)          Lloyd Noble Center        7 p.m. CT

Monday             Nov. 7               Oklahoma City (Exh.)              Lloyd Noble Center        7 p.m. CT

Sunday              Nov. 13             Southern Illinois                     Lloyd Noble Center        TBD

Wednesday       Nov. 16             Little Rock                              Lloyd Noble Center        7 p.m. CT

Saturday           Nov. 19             at BYU                                   Provo, Utah                   TBD

Wednesday       Nov. 23             South Dakota State                 Lloyd Noble Center        7 p.m. CT

Sunday              Nov. 27             Colorado State                        Lloyd Noble Center        2 p.m. CT

Thursday           Dec. 1               at Kentucky !                          Lexington, Ky.               TBD

Sunday              Dec. 4               Oral Roberts                           Lloyd Noble Center        2 p.m. CT

Thursday           Dec. 8               Texas Rio Grande Valley         Lloyd Noble Center        7 p.m. CT

Sunday              Dec. 11             Tulsa                                     Lloyd Noble Center        2 p.m. CT

Monday             Dec. 19             vs. Xavier                              San Juan, P.R.               TBD

Tuesday            Dec. 20             vs. California                         San Juan, P.R.               TBD

Wednesday       Dec. 21             vs. Portland State                  San Juan, P.R.               TBD

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