Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament Information

Oct. 18, 2001

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Sit back and watch as one of the nation's strongest league's for women's basketball gets a little more intense.

The 2001-02 season ushers in a new era when, for the first time in Pac-10 women's history, the season culminates with the drama and excitement of a Conference Tournament. Slated for March 1-4, 2002, at McArthur Court, on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., this inaugural event promises to be history in the making.

All 10 universities -- ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA, USC, WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE -- will participate in the tournament, with the winner receiving the Conference's automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Tournament. Last year the Pac-10 sent four teams to the NCAA Tournament, with three advancing past the first round and Washington coming within one win of reaching the Final Four. The Huskies' run marked the 14th time in 20 years that a Pac-10 team has reached the NCAA Elite Eight or beyond.

More excitement awaits with the 2001-02 edition of Pac-10 women's basketball just around the corner. Several All-Pac-10 team honorees return this season, including 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year Felicia Ragland of Oregon State, 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year Shaquala Williams of Oregon, and 2001 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Nicole Powell of Stanford.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:

Fri., Mar. 1
Game 1: Seed #7 vs. Seed #10, 6:30 p.m.
Game 2: Seed #8 vs. Seed #9, 8:45 p.m.

Sat., Mar. 2
Game 3: Seed #2 vs. Winner 7/10, 12 noon
Game 4: Seed #3 vs. Seed #6, 2:15 p.m.
Game 5: Seed #1 vs. Winner 8/9, 6 p.m.
Game 6: Seed #4 vs. Seed #5, 8:15 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 3
Game 7: Game 3 win vs. 3/6 win, 12:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)
Game 8: Game 5 win vs. 4/5 win, 3 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)

Mon., Mar. 4
Game 9: Championship Game, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports Net)

TICKET INFORMATION:
All-session booklets to the 2002 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament may be purchased through one of the 10 member institutions' ticket offices. Each school determines its priority for selling tournament tickets.

In addition, ticket applications may be submitted online, through the official Pacific-10 Conference website: www.pac-10.org. Online applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no guarantee of availability or seat location.

Ticket booklets for the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament cost $60 each, which includes all sessions (nine games). Everyone must have a ticket for admission, regardless of age.

MAC COURT:
Historic McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore., provides the backdrop for the first ever Pac-10 women's basketball tournament. Located on the University of Oregon campus, in the midst of Oregon's second-largest city, the 9,087-seat arena will lend a high-energy atmosphere to the inaugural event.

Anyone who has seen McArthur Court will testify it's a special place. Picture a four-story, ivy-covered pavilion. From the outside, you can faintly hear the throbbing roar of the crowd. Inside, it's packed to the roof with the deafening cheers of more than 9,000 boisterous fans. Overhead, two balconies vibrate to the sound of the pep band and rally squad. The atmosphere is electric.

That's what it's like in McArthur Court, which is better known by players and visitors alike as 'The Pit.' It's the consummate place to stage the first Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament. Fans speak of it with unmatched reverence. Visitors liken the fabled West Coast facility to the former Boston Garden in the east.

McArthur Court was built in 1926, with the first game staged Jan. 14, 1927. It has since undergone numerous modifications and upgrades. Even with its tradition, McArthur Court is a modern facility. The venerable facility received a new roof in the summer of 1996 to the tune of $1.7 million. New floor level seating as well as a scoreboard and public address system were installed during 1997, making Mac Court a viable venue for numerous events well into the 21st Century. The capacity was raised from its original 6,000 seats to 7,600 with a series of additions between 1934-53, and other expansions increasedthe capacity to 9,100. Recent alterations to the floor level have dropped the capacity to its current level of 9,087.

EUGENE, OREGON:
Eugene's metropolitan population of nearly 200,000 enjoys the cultural advantages of a larger city, yet the relaxed atmosphere of a college town. The city's ideal location between sea level and ski level is anattraction. Natural amenities within Eugene include the Willamette River running through the heart of the city, and the two picturesque buttes, Skinner and Spencer, that frame the city at its northern andsouthern ends. Winter sports are close at hand, and so are the miles of unspoiled beaches and many coastal lakes.

Within Eugene are more than 70 parks and recreation facilities, to provide open space and organized programs for all ages. Miles of bike paths, jogging trails, hiking trails, gardens, river walks and other outdoor opportunities enable citizens and visitors to take advantage of the area's natural assets.

There are also many indoor cultural, leisure, education and entertainment activities available year-round. The nationally-acclaimed Hult Center for the Performing Arts is a $22 million facility with two halls that allow residents to enjoy a broad spectrum of entertainment.

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