Saturday, August 22, 2015

KU women home — a lot


Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will play 17 of 29 regular-season games within the friendly confines of Allen Fieldhouse this season.

Much to the delight of first-year coach Brandon Schneider.

“My first visit to Allen Fieldhouse was in the fall of 1995,” Schneider said during his introductory press conference. “I was a first-year coach, and I called ahead to get permission to come and attend a men’s basketball practice. Before I even stepped on the court, I began to feel it. You know, the goosebumps, the hair on the back of your neck (standing up). There is a wave of something special about this place.”

Including two exhibition games — starting with the Nov. 1 meeting with Pittsburg State — KU will play 19 games at AFH.

“I’ve always thought that Kansas did a terrific job of putting together a tough nonconference schedule that wasn’t just made up of nine or 10 guarantee games,” Schneider said. “There are other BCS opponents on the schedule and two very good opponents from the Big East. I think that the administration does an awesome job of putting together a schedule that has lot of considerations with RPI and things that put us in a position to be prepared for not only Big 12 play, but also for consideration for the NCAA Tournament should we have a quality season.”

Following a second exhibition Nov. 8 against Emporia State — the school Schneider coached to a national championships in 2010 — the Jayhawks will kick off the regular season Nov. 15 against Texas Southern.

Although KU will hit the road for three consecutive games — Nov. 23 at Arizona, and the Nov. 27-28 trip to face Cal State Fullerton, then either SMU or Northern Illinois in the SMU Thanksgiving Classic in Dallas — Kansas will play six in a row at Allen before opening the Big 12 season Dec. 30 at Oklahoma.

“When we got the schedule we started to see some light at the end of the tunnel and we are getting closer and closer to being able to practice and start preparing for what is going to be a challenging season, both in non-conference and conference action,” said Schneider. “We are very excited and enthusiastic about the upcoming season.”

The Jayhawks begin their 2015-16 campaign with Late Night in the Phog, which is hosted along with Kansas men’s basketball, on Oct. 9 at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU women's 2015-16 schedule

Nov. 1 — Pittsburg State (exhibition), 2 p.m.

Nov. 8 — Emporia State (exhibition), 2 p.m.

Nov. 15 — Texas Southern, 2 p.m.

Nov. 19 — Memphis, 7 p.m.

Nov. 23 — at Arizona, 1 p.m.

Nov. 27 — Cal State Fullerton at SMU Thanksgiving Classic, Dallas, TBA

Nov. 28 — SMU/Northern Illinois at SMU Thanksgiving Classic, Dallas, TBA

Dec. 2 — Creighton, 7 p.m.

Dec. 6 — St. John’s, 2p.m.

Dec. 10 — UMKC, 7 p.m.

Dec. 13 — Navy, 2 p.m.

Dec. 20 — Washington State, 7 p.m.

Dec. 22 — Oral Roberts, 7 p.m.

Dec. 30 — at Oklahoma, TBA

Jan. 3 — West Virginia, TBA

Jan. 6 — Baylor, TBA

Jan. 9 — at Iowa State, TBA

Jan. 13 — Texas, TBA

Jan. 16 — at West Virginia, TBA

Jan. 20 — Kansas State, TBA

Jan. 24 — Oklahoma State, TBA

Jan. 27 — at Texas, TBA

Jan. 30 — at Texas Tech, TBA

Feb. 2 — Iowa State, TBA

Feb. 6 — at Baylor, TBA

Feb. 13 — at Kansas State, TBA

Feb. 17 — Texas Christian, TBA

Feb. 20 — Oklahoma, TBA

Feb. 24 — at Oklahoma State, TBA

Feb. 27 — Texas Tech, TBA

Feb. 29 — at Texas Christian, TBA

March 4-7 — Big 12 tournament at Oklahoma City


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