Oklahoma State’s Vivian Gray (12) goes past Houston Baptist’s Amanda Johnson (14) during an NCAA women’s college basketball game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Houston Baptist at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

The Oklahoma women's basketball team will face a new opponent while Oklahoma State will go up against a longtime foe in the Big 12/SEC Challenge later this year.

The OU women will play host to LSU on Dec. 7 in Norman. It will be the first meeting between the Sooners and Tigers.

The OSU women will travel to College Station, Texas for a matchup with Texas A&M, also on Dec. 7.

The two squads have squared off 43 times with the Cowgirls holding a 22-21 advantage in the series. From 1997 to the most recent meeting in 2012, 12 games were decided by five points or less. Texas A&M went 26-8 last season and capped its season with a Sweet 16 appearance.

The matchup will feature two of the nation’s top returning scorers in rising juniors Vivian Gray (20.0 ppg) of OSU and A&M’s Chennedy Carter (23.3 ppg). Gray and Carter represent two of the top five scoring sophomores in the country from the 2018-19 season with Gray finishing the year ranked 25th overall and Carter checking in at No. 6.

The Cowgirls have participated in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on three occasions, posting a 1-2 mark. OSU defeated Georgia, 71-51, at home in 2016, before falling, 79-76, at No. 6 Mississippi State in 2017. Last year, the Cowgirls lost to 11th-ranked Tennessee, 76-63, in Stillwater.

The inaugural Big 12/SEC challenge was held in 2014. The 10-team format began in 2016. For the past two seasons, the two conferences split the challenge with a 5-5 mark. This year's Challenge runs Dec. 4-8.