Oregon To Host First PAC-10 Women's Basketball Tournament
Walnut Creek, Calif.-- The University of Oregon will serve as the site for the first ever Pacific-10 Conference postseason women's basketball tournament, Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
The 10-team, four-day event, which commences in Eugene, Ore., in March 2002, will be staged annually on the campus of a Pac-10 member institution.
'Oregon is an excellent choice for the first tournament because of its history and interest in women's basketball,' Hansen said. 'It should assure excellent attendance and an exciting atmosphere for our tournament games.'
The Ducks averaged a school-record 5,582 fans at McArthur Court in 1999-2000, the 12th best mark nationwide.
The Pac-10 Chief Executive Officers approved the establishment of men's and women's postseason basketball tournaments on October 23, 2000. The men's tournament will be an eight-team event to be staged at Staples Center in Los Angeles, beginning in 2002.
The Conference prviously conducted a men's tournament following the 1987 through 1990 season. It has never sponsored a similar event for women.
In each case, the winner of the Tournament will earn the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.