The Kansas State women’s basketball team has a marquee non-conference game next season.
K-State announced Wednesday that it will travel to Eugene, Oregon, to play the Oregon Ducks on Dec. 21.
“Every year our non-conference schedule is designed to challenge our team and position us to be in the NCAA Tournament field of 64,” head coach Jeff Mittie said in a release. “Adding Oregon for a two-game series helps us accomplish this by adding a team that is a preseason No. 1 in a poll already and coming off a Final Four appearance.”
The Wildcats and Ducks only have played once before, and that was back on Dec. 10, 1999, when the Ducks won 79-69 in Springfield, Missouri. It will be the fourth straight season the Wildcats have played a Pac-12 opponent; they faced Arizona State last season, UCLA and Utah in 2017-18 and Stanford in 2016-17. K-State is 47-48 all-time against Pac-12 teams.
Oregon was dominant last season, going 33-5 (16-2 Pac-12) overall and advancing to the Final Four. It was the first Final Four appearance in program history. In the national semifinals, the Ducks lost to eventual champion: the Baylor Bears.
The Wildcats also will travel to Bimini, Bahamas, next season for the Junkanoo Jam. The Wildcats will play two games there, the first being against Memphis at 2 p.m. Nov. 29. Depending on outcomes, the Wildcats will either play LSU or Michigan at 3:30 p.m. or 5:45 p.m. Nov. 30.
The Wildcats went 21-12 in 2018-19 and made an appearance in the NCAA tournament. This was the fifth consecutive season under Mittie that the Wildcats played in the postseason.
K-State brings back nine letterwinners from the 2018-19 season, with senior Peyton Williams, junior Rachel Ranke and sophomore Christianna Carr expected to lead the way. The Wildcats also made key additions with redshirt freshman Ayoka Lee and freshmen Emma Chapman, Jada Thorpe and (the recently signed) Emilee Ebert.