NCAA Tournament Sites Annnounced; Storrs Gets 1st and 2nd Rounds

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As expected, UConn has been award a sub-regional hosting assignment for first- and second-round games in the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball tournament.

Other sites to host sub-regionals are Ames, Iowa; Baton Rouge, La.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; College Park, Md.; College Station, Texas; Durham, N.C.; Iowa City, Iowa; Knoxville, Tenn.; Lexington, Ky.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Seattle, Wash; Toledo, Ohio; University Park, Penn.; Waco, Texas; and West Lafayette, Ind.

The big change comes in the site for the regionals: The four selected regional sites are Lincoln, Neb.; Louisville, Ky.; Notre Dame, Ind., and Stanford, Calif.

Toledo will be hosting Division I Women’s Basketball Championship play for the first time, while Los Angeles’ Pauley Pavilion, which hosted the 1984 NCAA Women’s Final Four, will see championship play for the first time since 1999. Lexington, which will host first- and second-round action, will be involved in championship play for the first time since the 1986 Women’s Final Four.

“The committee continues to look for ways to create a better in-arena atmosphere for our student-athletes, improve attendance and enhance the broadcast look of the games,” Carolayne Henry said, chair of the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and senior associate commissioner/senior woman administrator at the Mountain West Conference. “The 2014 championship presented us with a unique opportunity for our institutional hosts during the regional rounds of play. The committee is continuing to look at other host and format options that make sense for our championship going into 2015 and beyond.”

The following first- and second-round sites will host games either Saturday, March 22, and Monday, March 24 or Sunday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (dates to be determined):
VENUE     SITE     HOST(S)
Hilton Coliseum     Ames, Iowa     Iowa State
Pete Maravich Assembly Center     Baton Rouge, La.     LSU
Carmichael Arena     Chapel Hill, N.C.     North Carolina
Comcast Center     College Park, Md.     Maryland
Reed Arena     College Station, Texas     Texas A&M
Cameron Indoor Stadium     Durham, N.C.     Duke
Carver-Hawkeye Arena     Iowa City, Iowa     Iowa
Thompson-Boling Arena     Knoxville, Tenn.     Tennessee
Memorial Coliseum     Lexington, Ky.     Kentucky
Pauley Pavilion     Los Angeles, Calif.     UCLA
Alaska Airlines Arena     Seattle, Wash.     Washington
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion     Storrs, Conn.     Connecticut
Savage Arena     Toledo, Ohio     Toledo
Bryce Jordan Center     University Park, Pa.     Penn State
Ferrell Center     Waco, Texas     Baylor
Mackey Arena     West Lafayette, Ind.     Purdue

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