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South Carolina will compete in the SEC/Big 12 Women's Basketball Challenge

The Gamecocks will travel to the Hawkeye State to face Iowa State in the annual battle between the SEC and the Big 12.
Credit: AP
South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley, center right, and Tyasha Harris, center left, acknowledge the crowd after defeating Mississippi State in a championship match at the Southeastern Conference women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

The non-conference schedule for the South Carolina women's basketball team is starting to take shape.

On Thursday, it was announced the Gamecocks will face Iowa State in the 2020 SEC/Big 12 Women's Basketball Challenge.

It marks the Gamecocks' third Challenge appearance in the fifth season of the 10-game slate between the two conferences.

The inaugural challenge was held in 2014  with a format that features five home games on campus sites for each conference per year.
 
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.
 
South Carolina will likely come into the 2020-2021 season ranked first in the preseason polls after finishing at the top when the final rankings were released in mid-March following the cancellation of the 2019-2020 season due to COVID-19.

Iowa State finished the season 18-11, 10-8 in the Big 12. The last game for the Cyclones was a 57-56 win over then #2 Baylor on Senior Day in Ames. The Big 12 women's tournament was cancelled the following week.