Iowa women’s basketball to play Kansas at Sanford Pentagon next season

The No. 4 ranked Iowa women’s basketball team will make their Sanford Pentagon debut when the Hawkeyes play Kansas in a non-conference matchup on Nov. 20 during the 2024-25 season. This will also be the first appearance for the Jayhawks at the Pentagon.

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“The Iowa women’s basketball team is one of the biggest draws in all of sports right now, and this is an incredible opportunity to see a team that has captured the attention of the entire country,” said Jesse Smith, vice president of operations for Sanford Sports. “This matchup has the makings of an historic event not only for the Sanford Pentagon – but for South Dakota.”

The Hawkeyes continue to build on their national championship game appearance from the 2022-23 season, currently posting a 23-3 record with four more conference games before the Big Ten Tournament.

“Our team has the opportunity to play in the Pentagon, a storied venue, that will be certain to draw a great group of Hawkeye fans from the Northwest side of Iowa and beyond,” said Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder. “Playing Kansas from the Big 12 conference is a great chance for our team to test themselves against another power five school on a neutral court.”

Kansas, members of the Big 12 Conference, won the WNIT Championship last season. The Jayhawks are currently 14-10, as they finish their conference schedule before postseason play in the Big 12 Championship.

“The Pentagon is a great venue for college basketball, and we look forward to playing in Sioux Falls next season,” said Kansas head coach Brandon Schneider. “We have been very intentional about creating a strong non-conference schedule to prepare our team for conference play. Facing a Big Ten opponent the caliber of Iowa will be a great test for our team early in the season.”

This is the first NCAA Division I event announced for the 2024-25 season. Last season, the Sanford Pentagon hosted six Division I college basketball games, including a women’s matchup with No. 22 Creighton vs. North Dakota State and a men’s matchup with No. 20 Baylor vs. Auburn.

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