The Colorado Buffaloes women’s basketball team is guaranteed one opponent for the next two years.
As part of the formation of an annual challenge between the Big 12 and Big Ten Conferences, the CU women’s basketball team will start a home-and-home series with the University of Illinois beginning next fall.
In 2010, the Buffs will host Illinois on either Saturday, Dec. 4 or Sunday, Dec. 5. In the fall of 2011, they will head to Champaign, Ill.
This matchup may strike a deep chord with head coach Kathy McConnell-Miller as she was a former assistant coach at Illinois for four seasons during the 1990s.
The agreement between the two conferences will be the Big 12’s first series against a different conference in which all institutions will participate. This has both conferences excited about the upcoming matches.
“This provides a unique scheduling opportunity for our women’s basketball programs against quality opponents,” Dru Hancock, the Big 12 senior associate commissioner, said in a news release. “It will also feature exciting matchups for fans to follow over the next two seasons.”
The Big 10 associate commissioner, Andrea Williams, said in a news release the series will showcase talent across the country.
“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,” Williams said.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Marlee Horn at Marlee.firstname.lastname@example.org.