Feb. 6, 2008
SAN BRUNO, CA - The 2008 West Coast Conference women's basketball tournament championship game will be broadcast by College Sports Television (CSTV), WCC Commissioner Michael Gilleran announced on Wednesday. The March 9 telecast will mark the second straight season that the deciding contest for the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament will be broadcast live to a national television audience. The WCC women's basketball tournament will run March 6-9, 2008 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the University of San Diego campus.
"We are very excited to announce that the WCC Tournament women's championship will be broadcast live to a national audience once again this season," said Gilleran. "We are eager to showcase our conference's outstanding female student-athletes, and would like to acknowledge CSTV for their role in highlighting WCC women's basketball."
The 17th annual WCC women's basketball tournament begins with four first round contests on Thursday, March 6. The teams will re-seed for the semifinal round, which will take place on Saturday, March 8 before the championship game on Sunday, March 9 at 1:30 PM (PST).
The West Coast Conference has placed multiple women's basketball teams in the postseason for nine straight years, and 12 times in the past 13 seasons. Gonzaga captured the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament last year, as the No. 1 seeded Zags topped Loyola Marymount in the final to earn the program's first-ever WCC Tournament title. All eight WCC women's basketball programs have claimed the tournament crown at least once.
CSTV (Direct TV channel 610, Dish Network channel 152) officially began in April 2003 as the first 24-hour network devoted exclusively to college sports. Since then, CSTV has televised more than 6,000 hours of original programming, features, talk shows and documentaries as well as more women's sports coverage than any other network. Its regular season and championship event coverage draws from every major collegiate athletic conference and division, in addition to nine NCAA championships. With nearly 15 million subscribers, CSTV currently has agreements with distributors representing more than 52 million homes nationwide.