As we reported Sunday, UConn will lead a tournament field in Southwest Florida next November for the 2nd-annual Gulf Coast Showcase at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla.
The event is scheduled for Nov. 28-30, 2014, will be headlined by the Huskies, who have won eight NCAA Championships. UConn will be joined by Villanova, Arizona State, Minnesota, College of Charleston, Green Bay and two teams to be named at a later date, with one slot being held for an Atlantic Sun Conference team.
The A-Sun is the NCAA sponsoring conference of the Gulf Coast Showcase.
- Arizona State (Pac-12 Conference) – Coach Charli Turner Thorne has won more than 300 games at ASU with eight NCAA Tournament appearances and two Elite Eights.
- College of Charleston (Colonial Athletic Association) – Coach Natasha Adair led Cougars to the third-most wins in school history in only her first season at the helm in 2012-13.
- Green Bay (Horizon League) – Over the past five seasons (2008-2013), Green Bay has the third-highest winning percentage in NCAA Division I with a 175-21 (89.3%) mark, trailing only UConn and Stanford. Its men’s program also is participating in the 2014 men’s tournament.
- Minnesota (Big Ten Conference) – Coach Pam Borton has led the Golden Gophers to six NCAA Tournament appearances and a Final Four berth in 2004. Guard Rachel Banham, who will be a senior next year, was named First Team All-Big Ten last season and two years ago, was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
- Villanova (Big East Conference) – The Wildcats are led by Coach Harry Perretta, one of the nation’s most accomplished coaches with 675 careers wins over the past 35 years.
- Atlantic Sun Conference representative – the A-Sun serves as the tournament’s sponsoring conference and may place one team per season in the event.
“The women’s event will be among the toughest tournaments in the nation as these six teams are currently a combined 36-6 on the season,” said Debbie Antonelli, national television analyst and tournament director. “We are excited to have these six great programs committed for next year. And of course, having the Huskies participating is like having the Red Sox in town. UConn’s participation will help us achieve our goal of making this the premier college basketball event in the nation.”