Iowa to host opening rounds of 2013 NCAA women's hoops tourney

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 14, 2012 6:30 AM

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Carver-Hawkeye Arena will serve as one of the 16 first- and second-round venues for the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, the University of Iowa announced on Monday.

Games will take place either on March 23 and March 25 or March 24 and March 26.

Iowa City has hosted the tournament 11 times, most recently in 2009; Carver-Hawkeye reeled in the fourth-most fans of any of the 16 first-round venues, with 5,615 in attendance over two games on March 22.

Carver-Hawkeye has been the site of the regional finals four times and first- and second-round games 10 times. It hosted from 1986-90, 1992-94, 1996-98, and in 2009.

"This gives the University of Iowa and our women's basketball team a chance to showcase our great arena after the renovations that took place last year," Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said in a release. "… We're very happy that our fans will get a chance to see NCAA Tournament games inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena."

The opening rounds of the 2013 tournament will be split between 16 schools from nine conferences; Delaware and St. John's will both host for the first time. Log on to dailyiowan.com for a full list of the host schools and their venues.

2013 NCAA Tournament first- and second-round venues:

• Baylor; Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas

• Colorado; Coors Events Center, Boulder, Colo.

• Connecticut; Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn.

• Delaware; Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, Del.

• Duke; Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, N.C.

• Gonzaga; McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, Wash.

• Iowa; Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa

• Louisville; KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky.

• LSU; Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, La.

• Maryland; Comcast Center, College Park, Md.

• Ohio State; St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

• St. John's; Carnesecca Arena, Queens, N.Y.

• Stanford; Maples Pavillion, Stanford, Calif.

• Tennessee; Thompson Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn.

• Texas A&M; Reed Arena, College Station, Texas

• Texas Tech; United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, Texas

— by Seth Roberts

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