Oct. 30, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS--- The NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee has selected The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M., as one of the sites for the first- and second-round for the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship.
The Pit has hosted the event numerous times throughout the years with the last time being 2009. UNM was scheduled to host this year but elected to give up the bid due to construction on the historic venue. The 2011 NCAA Tournament will be sixth time UNM has hosted the event.
The sites have been approved by the Administrative Committee of the NCAA Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet. Cities chosen to host first- and second-round games in 2011 include Albuquerque, New Mexico; Auburn, Alabama; Charlottesville, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; College Park, Maryland; Columbus, Ohio; Durham, North Carolina; Knoxville, Tennessee; Salt Lake City, Utah; Spokane, Washington; Shreveport, Louisiana; Stanford, California; Storrs, Connecticut; University Park, Pennsylvania; Waco, Texas; and Wichita, Kansas. The four selected regional sites are Dayton, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Dallas, Texas; and Spokane, Washington.
"The committee was pleased with the level of interest in our championship that we found from cities, institutions and conferences across the country," said Jane Meyer, senior associate director of athletics at the University of Iowa and chair of the Division I Women's Basketball Committee. "Of the 20 preliminary sites for 2011, we have 11 different conferences represented, with Wichita and Shreveport hosting for the first time."