NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In a rematch from the 1993 Final Four, the Vanderbilt women’s basketball team will host Texas Tech in 2020-21 as the SEC and Big 12 Conference announced the 2020 matchups for their annual Women’s Basketball Challenge. A date and time are to be determined.
This will be the sixth all-time meeting between the Commodores and Red Raiders, including Texas Tech’s 60-46 win at the 1993 Final Four in Atlanta. The Red Raiders, who were led by Sheryl Swoopes, went on to win the national title.
Texas Tech has won all five previous encounters. The first meeting between these programs was also the last time the Red Raiders visited Nashville — the Commodores fell 74-69 in the 1985-86 season opener. In the latest matchup, No. 13 Texas Tech defeated the 22nd-ranked Commodores, 81-71, on Dec. 29, 2001 in Lubbock, Texas.
Vanderbilt, which doubled its win total last season returns four of five starters from the end of the 2019-20 campaign as well as leading scorer Brinae Alexander, who played just seven games before a season-ending injury, and SEC All-Freshman honoree Akira Levy, who sat out last season as a transfer.
Ten teams from the SEC participate while every team from the Big 12 takes part in the Challenge each season. The format features five home games on campus sites for each conference per year.
The inaugural challenge was held in 2014 with the first 10-game slate in 2016. The SEC edged the Big 12, 6-4 that year, with the conferences splitting the challenge, 5-5, in 2017 and 2018. The Big 12 took home the trophy last season.
All official game information and start times will be announced at a later date.
2020 SEC/Big 12 Women’s Basketball Challenge Matchups
South Carolina at Iowa State
Kentucky at Kansas State
Alabama at Oklahoma State
Texas A&M at Texas
Tennessee at West Virginia
Baylor at Arkansas
Kansas at Ole Miss
Oklahoma at Georgia
TCU at Missouri
Texas Tech at Vanderbilt