OSU BASKETBALL

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.