NCAA Picks Iowa, ISU as Women's Tournament Hosts

By Jeff Linder, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Carver-Hawkeye Arena and Hilton Coliseum both will be in use for the 2014 NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

The NCAA announced Wednesday that Iowa and Iowa State both will be host schools for first- and second-round games. It will be the second year in a row that Iowa hosts (the Hawkeyes reached the second round) and Iowa State’s first time since 2012.

Other cities chosen to host first- and second-round games are Baton Rouge, La.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; College Park, Md.; College Station, Texas; Durham, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Lexington, Ky.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Seattle, Wash.; Storrs, Conn.; Toledo, Ohio; University Park, Penn.; Waco, Texas; and West Lafayette, Ind.

The four selected regional sites are Lincoln, Neb.; Louisville, Ky.; Notre Dame, Ind., and Stanford, Calif.

Toledo will be hosting Division I Women’s Basketball Championship play for the first time, while Los Angeles’ Pauley Pavilion, which hosted the 1984 NCAA Women’s Final Four, will see championship play for the first time since 1999. Lexington, which will host first- and second-round action, will be involved in championship play for the first time since the 1986 Women’s Final Four.

“The committee continues to look for ways to create a better in-arena atmosphere for our student-athletes, improve attendance and enhance the broadcast look of the games,” Carolayne Henry said, chair of the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and senior associate commissioner/senior woman administrator at the Mountain West Conference. “The 2014 championship presented us with a unique opportunity for our institutional hosts during the regional rounds of play. The committee is continuing to look at other host and format options that make sense for our championship going into 2015 and beyond.”

The first two rounds are March 22-25, 2014.

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