Washington Selected To Host First and Second Rounds For 2005 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship

July 8, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Washington has been selected as one of eight sites to host the first- and second-rounds of the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, the NCAA Women's Basketball Committee announced Thursday.

Bank of America Arena on the UW campus in Seattle will serve as the host arena. Washington will host first- and second-round games on Saturday, March 19, and Monday, March 21, 2005. Game times will be announced at a later date.

'We're excited to once again host the preliminary rounds of the tournament,' UW senior associate athletic director Marie Tuite said. 'Receiving the bid is a reflection on our commitment to hosting NCAA championships. It will be a great event for our university and for the community.'

This year marks the second straight season the Huskies have hosted NCAA women's basketball games. Last year, Washington hosted the 2004 NCAA West Regional at Bank of America Arena.

The first- and second-rounds for the 2005 and 2006 championships will be conducted at eight predetermined sites each year, which represents a format change from the 16 first- and second-round sites each year.

Two first-round sessions will be played in Seattle, Saturday, March 19, with two games in each session. One second-round session (two games) will be played on Monday, March 21.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.gohuskies.com. All-session ticket prices for adults are $40, while student and youth (under age 18) will be $24. Single session prices are $16 for adults, $10 for student/youth.

2005 First and Second Round Sites - March 19, March 21
Reunion Arena, Dallas; University of Texas and Texas Tech hosts
Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif.; Fresno State host
Williams Arena, Minneapolis; University of Minnesota host
Bank of America Arena, Seattle; University of Washington host

2005 First and Second Round Sites - March 20, March 22
Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.; University of North Carolina host
Comcast Center, College Park Maryland; University of Maryland host
Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn.; University Tennessee host
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn.; University of Connecticut host

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