Feb. 13, 2012
For the third time in program history, the Baylor has been selected to host NCAA Championship games. Waco is one of 16 sites selected to host 2013 NCAA Division I Championship first- and second-round games.
Baylor also hosted first- and second-round games in 2002 and 2010. In 2002, the Lady Bears fell in the second round but won both games played in the Ferrell Center in 2010.Baylor averaged 8,402 fans for its two games in Waco in 2010, the best mark of all 16 first- and second-round sites.
"I am extremely pleased that the NCAA has selected Baylor to host first- and second-round games in 2013. I appreciate the hard work of our administration and staff in this effort and most importantly, thank the community and our Lady Bear fans for their support," said Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey.
Cities chosen to host first and second-round games in 2013 include Baton Rouge, La.; Boulder, Colo.; College Park, Md.; College Station, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Durham, N.C.; Iowa City, Iowa; Knoxville, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky.; Lubbock, Texas; Newark, Del.; Queens, N.Y.; Spokane, Wash.; Stanford, Calif.; Storrs, Conn., and Waco, Texas. The four selected regional sites are Norfolk, Va.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Spokane, Wash., and Trenton, N.J.
"As a committee we are excited that in 2013 our championship will be hosted by institutions from nine different conferences, with Delaware and St. John's hosting for the first time," said Greg Christopher, chair of the Division I Women's Basketball Committee and director of athletics at Bowling Green State University. "Having this geographic blend of sites is important to the committee as we continue to grow the game of women's basketball."
First and second-round sites will host games either Saturday, March 23 and Monday, March 25 or Sunday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 26, 2013 (dates to be determined in June 2012).