Stanford To Host First- And Second-Rounds Of 2003 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament

July 1, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford University has been selected as one of 16 host sites for the first- and second-rounds of the 2003 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, it was announced on Monday. This is the first season the NCAA has used predetermined sites for the women's basketball championship.

'The selection of predetermined sites presented the committee with man challenges,' NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee Chair Maryalyce Jeremiah said. 'We believe the sites selected will provide a solid foundation for the success of the first- and second-rounds while expanding opportunities for the championship to expand to growing areas for women's basketball. The new format will present its challenges but the committee believes the competitive experiences will help the championship to continue to grow.'

The other 15 first- and second-round sites are Kansas State, Penn State, Old Dominion, Colorado, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Purdue, Oregon, North Carolina State, Cincinnati, Georgia, Louisiana Tech, Tennessee, Texas Tech and New Mexico. The first- and second-rounds will be held on March 22 and 24 and March 23 and 25 (the dates for each site will be announced at a later date).

Stanford will be hosting the first- and second-rounds for the 11th time in program history, and second in a row.

In addition, Stanford will also serve as the host site for the 2003 NCAA Women's Basketball West Regional on March 30 and April 1.

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