KU women’s basketball conference schedule revealed

Kansas senior Holly Kersgieter during the WNIT Championship game between Kansas and Columbia on Saturday, April 1, 2023.

The Kansas women’s basketball team just got a little bit more clarity on what it needs to do to build on its Women’s National Invitation Tournament championship.

The Big 12 Conference announced its slate of league matchups Tuesday morning, and for the Jayhawks the schedule begins and ends at Allen Fieldhouse: against West Virginia on Dec. 30 and against departing conference member Oklahoma on March 2.

In between those dates, KU will play 16 additional matchups against members of the newly expanded Big 12. The schedule takes the Jayhawks to last year’s conference tournament winner Iowa State (Jan. 3) and Texas Tech (Jan. 6), back home for Baylor (Jan. 10) and Oklahoma State (Jan. 13) and then on the road again to regular-season champion Texas (Jan. 16) and rival Kansas State (Jan. 20).

They will rematch the Cyclones at Allen Fieldhouse (Jan. 24), go on the road to face the Sooners (Jan. 27) and then conclude January with a first-ever conference matchup at home against BYU (Jan. 31).

February opens with TCU, the team that upset KU in last year’s conference tournament, on the road (Feb. 3), then at home against newcomers Houston (Feb. 10) and Cincinnati (Feb. 14). The league slate wraps up with three of four road games, including BYU in Provo, Utah (Feb. 17), Baylor in Waco, Texas (Feb. 21), K-State at Allen Fieldhouse (Feb. 25), UCF in Orlando, Florida (Feb. 28) and then the Oklahoma closer.

KU will then hope for a stronger showing in the Big 12 tournament, which opens March 7 at its new venue of the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City.

This year’s Jayhawks return starters Zakiyah Franklin, Taiyanna Jackson, Holly Kersgieter and Wyvette Mayberry while adding five-star freshman S’Mya Nichols and a slew of promising newcomers to the mix. They completed a summer tour of Greece and Italy in August and will take to the court for Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 6, then open their season against Northwestern State on Nov. 8.

Nov. 8: vs. Northwestern State

Nov. 13: at Penn State

Nov. 18: at Kansas City, 3:15 p.m.

Nov. 24: vs. Virginia Tech (Cayman Islands Classic), 4 p.m., FloSports

Nov. 25: vs. UConn (Cayman Islands Classic), 6:30 p.m., FloSports

Nov. 30: vs. Southeastern Louisiana

Dec. 3: at Texas A&M

Dec. 6: vs. Houston Christian

Dec. 10: at Wichita State

Dec. 16: vs. Central Arkansas

Dec. 20: vs. Nebraska

Dec. 30: vs. West Virginia

Jan. 3: at Iowa State

Jan. 6: at Texas Tech

Jan. 10: vs. Baylor

Jan. 13: vs. Oklahoma State

Jan. 16: at Texas

Jan. 20: at Kansas State

Jan. 24: vs. Iowa State

Jan. 27: at Oklahoma

Jan. 31: vs. BYU

Feb. 3: at TCU

Feb. 10: vs. Houston

Feb. 14: vs. Cincinnati

Feb. 17: at BYU

Feb. 21: at Baylor

Feb. 25: vs. Kansas State

Feb. 28: at UCF

March 2: vs. Oklahoma

March 7-12: Big 12 Championship (in Kansas City)


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