Aug. 16, 2012
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.– The Atlantic 10 Conference will play its 2013 Women’s Basketball Championship game at the new state-of- the-art Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the league office announced on Thursday. The women’s championship finale will be conducted in conjunction with the men’s semifinal contests on Saturday, March 16 and will be televised on the ESPN Networks, while the first three rounds will once again be held at Hagan Arena on the campus of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, March 8-11.
“We have made a commitment to further strengthen the Atlantic 10 as one of the premier women’s basketball conferences in Division I,” stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “Without a doubt, relocating our championship game to Barclays Center is a key move in that commitment. It gives our top teams exceptional exposure on one of the biggest stages in the world. We are excited about showcasing A-10 women’s basketball in Brooklyn in March."
The top 12 women’s teams at the end of the regular season will advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship. First round action of the event begins on Friday, March 8 at Hagan Arena, with the top four teams earning a bye. Quarterfinal play continues on Saturday, March 9 in Philadelphia, with the Semifinal round aired live on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, March 10. The Championship game will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Barclays Center.
“Barclays Center is proud to announce its first women’s basketball game,” said Sean Saadeh, Vice President of Programming for Barclays Center. “Our venue’s inaugural season will offer a strong lineup of college basketball, culminating with the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships for both the men and women.”
Xavier made its 17th-consecutive trip to the A-10 Championship last season. The Musketeers have won the tournament title six times, with all six championships coming in the last 13 seasons.
“I think it's great for the student-athletes to have the chance to compete for the championship in Brooklyn,” said Xavier Head Coach Amy Waugh. “It sounds like the arena will be fantastic, and the opportunity to visit that area, while also playing for a title, will be very special. Obviously, it will be a different schedule in terms of preparation between the semifinal and final rounds, but I think it's an adjustment that, if managed well, can be an advantage in the postseason.”