The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Lupton Renaissance Fund Update

UTC to Host First- and Second-Round
NCAA Women's Basketball Games

The NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee has selected Chattanooga and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as one of the 16 first- and second-round sites for the 2004 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship.

"This is another feather in the cap of the University, the Sports Committee and the City of Chattanooga," UTC Athletics Director Steve Sloan said. "We are confident that our staff, our community and this arena will provide a first-class experience for those teams fortunate enough to earn a berth to the tournament."

It has also been announced that Chattanooga and UTC will host the 2005 Southern Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships and the 2005 NCAA Women's Regional in The McKenzie Arena.

Sports Committee Chairman King Copler said, "This is fantastic news. We are becoming a hotbed for basketball it seems. We are now hosting NCAA Women's First and Seconds Rounds in 2004, an NCAA Women's Regional in 2005, as well as the Southern Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships in 2005. I'm proud of The Sports Committee and the University for securing this latest event."

The Sports Committee and UTC will work in conjunction for all three prestigious events.

"We are ecstatic to be able to host an event of this caliber," said Laura Mincy, UTC's Assistant Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator. "We know that Chattanooga loves to see great basketball and will come out to support this event. This truly validates that our women’s basketball program is growing in national exposure and recognition."

UTC Lady Mocs head coach Wes Moore has taken his team to the NCAA Tournament for three consecutive seasons. A fourth straight berth would mean the Lady Mocs would open the tournament on their home floor.

"This is just another example of how well-respected Chattanooga is in women's basketball circles," Moore said.

The Administrative Committee of the NCAA Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet has approved the sites.

The 2004 first- and second-round games will be held March 20 and 22 and March 21 and 23.