WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT CHANGE APPROVED

Sept. 17, 2001

Indianapolis - The NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship willtake on a new look beginning in 2003 as the NCAA Division IChampionships/Competition Cabinet, at its September meeting inPhiladelphia, approved the format change to move the championship to aSaturday-Monday and Sunday-Tuesday model.

Currently, the championship operates on a Friday-Sunday andSaturday-Monday format. The 2002 championship will begin with first- andsecond-rounds being played at the campus sites of the top 16 seedsFriday, March 15, and Sunday, March 17, or Saturday, March 16, andMonday, March 18. The regionals will be played Saturday, March 23, andMonday, March 25. The four regional sites are: East - Entertainment &Sports Arena (19,722), Raleigh, North Carolina, North Carolina StateUniversity, host, Mideast - U.S. Cellular Arena (11,360), Milwaukee,Wisconsin, Marquette University, host, Midwest - Hilton Coliseum(14,044), Ames, Iowa, Iowa State University, host, and West - Boise StatePavilion (12,000), Boise, Idaho, Boise State University, host. The 2002Women's Final Four will be Friday, March 29 and Sunday, March 31 at theAlamodome (29,619) in San Antonio.

In 2003, the tournament will go to its new format with all 63 games beingbroadcast by ESPN and ESPN2. The first- and second-rounds will bebroadcast on a regional basis with all games available on pay-per-viewand will be played at 16 sites Saturday, March 22 and Monday, March 24 orSunday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 25. The regionals will be playedover four days, instead of two, with two regionals Saturday, March 29,and Monday, March 31, and two regionals Sunday, March 30, and Tuesday,April 1. All regional games will be televised live on ESPN. The fourregional sites are: East - University of Dayton Arena (13,000), Dayton,Ohio, University of Dayton, host, Mideast - Thompson-Boling Arena(25,000), Knoxville, Tennessee, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, host,Midwest - University Arena 'The Pit' (16,301), Albuquerque, New Mexico,University of New Mexico, host, and West - Maples Pavilion (7,391),Stanford, California, Stanford University, host.

The NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee will determine, no laterthan its 2002 summer meeting, which of the 2003 regionals will be playedon which dates.

The 2003 Women's Final Four will be played Sunday, April 6, and Tuesday,April 8, at the Georgia Dome (30,000) in Atlanta.

The championship bracket selection show will remain on the Sunday priorto the start of the tournament and will continue to be televised live byESPN. The 2003 selection show will be Sunday, March 16.

Future dates and sites of the Division I Women's Basketball Championshipare as follows:

2004First- and second-rounds: March 20 and 22, and March 21 and 23.

Regionals: March 27 and 29, and March 28 and 30.

Women's Final Four: April 4 and 6, News Orleans Sports Arena (18,500),New Orleans, Louisiana, Tulane University, host.

2005First- and second-rounds: March 19 and 21, and March 20 and 22.

Regionals: March 26 and 28, and March 27 and 29.

Women's Final Four: April 3 and 5, Conseco Fieldhouse (18,697) or RCADome (37,263), Butler University and Horizon League, hosts.

2006First- and second-rounds: March 18 and 20, and March 19 and 21.

Regionals: March 25 and 27, and March 26 and 28.

Women's Final Four: April 2 and 4, Fleet Center (18,560), HarvardUniversity, Northeastern University and the Massachusetts SportsPartnership, hosts.

2007First- and second-rounds: March 17 and 19, and March 18 and 20.

Regionals: March 24 and 26, and March 25 and 27.

Women's Final Four: April 1 and 3, Gund Arena (20,000), Cleveland StateUniversity and Mid-American Conference, hosts.

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