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Gonzaga To Host 2011 NCAA Women's Basketball First/Second Rounds

Oct. 30, 2009

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University was one of 16 institutions selected to host the first-and-second-rounds of the 2011 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament as announced by the NCAA Wednesday. The Bulldogs will host First-and-Second Round action at the McCarthey Athletic Center on either Saturday, March 19 and Monday, March 21, 2011 or Sunday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

"We obviously are very very excited for the opportunity to be hosting," stated Bulldog head coach Kelly Graves. "The opportunity for us, if we are fortunate to make the tournament and play at home is really special. It truly is a great opportunity for Gonzaga to showcase our beautiful arena, our great fans, and our basketball team. Spokane has always been big supporters of girl's and women's basketball and to give them the chance to watch the first-and-second rounds is fantastic."

Other universities hosting the First-and-Second Round games are the University of New Mexico, Auburn University, University of Virginia, Xavier University, University of Maryland, Ohio State University, Duke University, University of Tennessee, University of Utah, Louisiana Tech University, Stanford University, University of Connecticut, Pennsylvania State University, Baylor University and Wichita State University. The 2011 Regional Rounds will also be held in Spokane (Spokane Arena; hosted by Washington State University), Dayton, Dallas and Philadelphia.

It will be the first time in school history Gonzaga will host an NCAA Tournament event.

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The following first and second round sites will host games either Saturday, March 19, and Monday, March 21 or Sunday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 22, 2011 (dates to be determined in June, 2010):

The Pit/Bob King Court
Albuquerque, New Mexico
University of New Mexico (Host)

Auburn Arena
Auburn, Alabama
Auburn University (Host)

John Paul Jones Arena
Charlottesville, Virginia
University of Virginia (Host)

Cintas Center
Cincinnati, Ohio
Xavier University

Comcast Center
College Park, Maryland
University of Maryland

St. John Arena
Columbus, Ohio
The Ohio State University (Host)

Cameron Indoor Stadium
Durham, North Carolina
Duke University (Host)

Thompson-Boling Arena
Knoxville, Tennessee
University of Tennessee (Host)

Jon M. Huntsman Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
University of Utah (Host)

McCarthey Athletic Center
Spokane, Washington
Gonzaga University (Host)

CenturyTel Center
Shreveport, Louisiana
Louisiana Tech University (Host)

Maples Pavilion
Stanford, California
Stanford University (Host)

Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Storrs, Connecticut
University of Connecticut (Host)

Bryce Jordan Center
University Park, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University (Host)

Ferrell Center
Waco, Texas
Baylor University (Host)

INTRUST Bank Arena
Wichita, Kansas
Wichita State University (Host)

The following regional sites will host games on the dates indicated:

March 26 and 28, 2011
University of Dayton Arena
Dayton, Ohio
University of Dayton (Host)

Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
Spokane, Washington
Washington State University (Host)

March 27 and 29, 2011
American Airlines Center
Dallas, Texas
Big 12 (Host)

Liacouras Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Temple University (Host)