Aug. 20, 2002

Norman, Okla. - For the first time in women's basketball history, the NCAA Championships will take place at predetermined first and second round sites. The University of Oklahoma has been selected as one of the 16 host institutions, the Division I Women's Basketball Committee announced Monday. OU will host its first and second round games on Sun., March 23 and Tues., March 25, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, opposite the NCAA Men's Tournament that will be taking place in Oklahoma City on Sat., March 22 and Mon., March 24. This will mark the third consecutive season and fourth overall that the Sooners have played host to this event. OU also hosted first and second round games during the 1985-86 campaign. The NCAA also announced Oklahoma will serve as the host site for the 2004 NCAA Women's Basketball Midwest Regional. That will be a first in program history. For the last 21 years first and second round games took place at the home of the top seeds in each region. This year, the NCAA women's basketball committee invited all Division I institutions to submit bids to host the games. from that, 16 host schools were selected by the committee based on the bids. The Big 12 Conference had the most schools selected to host with four (Colorado, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech) followed by the Big Ten (Purdue, Penn State), the PAC-10 (Stanford, Oregon), and the Southeastern Conference (Georgia, Tennessee). First and second round games are to be played from March 22-25, however specific times for each subregional have not been released.


2003 NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Round Games
Saturday, March 22, and Monday, March 24
Host Institutions (Venue, Capacity)
Colorado (Coors Events/Conference Center, 11,064)
Georgia (Stegeman Coliseum, 10,075)
New Mexico (University Arena, 16,596)
Old Dominion (Constant Convocation Center, 8,600)
Oregon (McArthur Court, 9,087)
Purdue (Mackey Arena, 14,123)
Stanford (Maples Pavilion, 7,391)
Tennessee (Thompson-Boling Arena, 25,000)


Sunday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 25
Host Institutions(Venue, Capacity)
Cincinnati (Shoemaker Center, 13,176)
Connecticut (Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, 10,027)
Kansas State (Bramlage Coliseum, 13,340)
Louisiana Tech (Thomas Assembly Center, 7,565)
North Carolina State (Reynolds Coliseum, 10,000)
Oklahoma (Lloyd Noble Center, 11,800)
Penn State (Bryce Jordan Center, 15,261)
Texas Tech (United Spirit Arena, 15,000)

Regional sites are Knoxville (Mideast) and Albuquerque (Midwest), on March 29 and March 31, and Dayton, Ohio (East) and Stanford (West), on March 30 and April 1.

The NCAA women's Final Four will be on Sunday, April 6, and Tuesday, April 8, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.