The UConn women’s basketball team will begin its postseason quest for an NCAA record ninth national championship at home. Gampel Pavilion has been selected as one of the 16 first- and second-round host sites for the 2014 NCAA tournament, the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee announced today.
The games will be played either March 22 and March 24 or March 23 and March 25.
“The committee continues to look for ways to create a better in-arena atmosphere for our student-athletes, improve attendance and enhance the broadcast look of the games,” said Carolayne Henry, chair of the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee. “The 2014 championship presented us with a unique opportunity for our institutional hosts during the regional rounds of play. The committee is continuing to look at other host and format options that make sense for our championship going into 2015 and beyond.”
It will mark the second straight season and the 19th time that UConn has hosted NCAA tournament games at Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies are 45-4 all-time in NCAA tournament games played in Connecticut, including 32-2 at Gampel Pavilion. They have also won 43 of the last 44 overall, with their lone loss coming against Duke in the regional final in Bridgeport March 28, 2006 (63-61 OT).
Other sites selected to host 2014 NCAA first- and second-round games are Ames, Iowa; Baton Rouge, La.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; College Park, Md.; College Station, Texas; Durham, N.C.; Iowa City, Iowa; Knoxville, Tenn.; Lexington, Ky.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Seattle, Wash.; Toledo, Ohio; University Park, Pa.; Waco, Texas; and West Lafayette, Ind.
The regionals will be held in Lincoln, Neb., Louisville, Ky., South Bend, Ind. and Stanford, Calif.