'Cats, Hawkeyes to Play in Challenge

IRVING, Texas - The Big 12 and Big Ten Conferences announced the formation of an annual inter-conference challenge for women's basketball, which will span at least two years and begin in the fall of 2010.

Kansas State's opponent in the challenge will be the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Wildcats will visit Iowa City in 2010 and the Hawkeyes will return the trip in 2011. K-State holds a 3-0 edge in the series with Iowa. The last meeting between the schools occurred on Dec. 12, 2003 in Iowa City, as K-State defeated Iowa, 82-60.

Entering its 42nd season of women's basketball, K-State has played every team from the Big 10 and owns a 22-19 (.537) record against the league. The Wildcats will play Northwestern this season in Bramlage Coliseum on Dec. 13.

The series will feature a home-and-home format over the initial two-year agreement. Each of the Big 12's teams will play in both years of the Challenge, while one Big Ten team, Wisconsin, will play two Challenge games each year.

"We are looking forward to our challenge with the Big Ten Conference," said Dru Hancock, Big 12 senior associate commissioner. "This provides a unique scheduling opportunity for our women's basketball programs against quality opponents. It will also feature exciting matchups for fans to follow over the next two seasons."

The 2010 Challenge will be played Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5, with the exception of the Kansas at Wisconsin game, which will be played on Nov. 21. The Big Ten will have seven home games during the 2010 Challenge, which will be referred to as the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. In 2011, the Big 12 will have seven home games, and the series will be referred to as the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge.

"The Big Ten is excited to participate in this annual challenge with the Big 12 Conference," said Andrea Williams, Big Ten associate commissioner. "The creation of this new series will provide an opportunity for teams from each league to begin an annual challenge to showcase competitive matchups that our fans from across the country will enjoy."

This will mark the Big 12's first series against another conference in which all institutions will participate. The Big Ten also participates in an annual challenge with the ACC.

Matchups for the 2010 and 2011 Challenges can be found below. Dates, times and television information will be released at a later date.

Kansas State opens its 2009-10 season on Saturday night at 5 p.m., as the Wildcats host Indiana State. To purchase tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com.

Minnesota at Baylor
Illinois at Colorado
Michigan at Iowa State
Kansas at Wisconsin 
Kansas State at Iowa

Missouri at Northwestern
Nebraska at Indiana
Oklahoma at Ohio State
Wisconsin at Oklahoma State
Texas at Michigan State
Purdue at Texas A&M
Texas Tech at Penn State

Baylor at Minnesota                           
Colorado at Illinois
Iowa State at Michigan
Wisconsin at Kansas
Iowa at Kansas State
Northwestern at Missouri
Indiana at Nebraska
Ohio State at Oklahoma
Oklahoma State at Wisconsin
Michigan State at Texas
Texas A&M at Purdue
Penn State at Texas Tech