Webster Bank Arena & Fairfield University to host UConn, Kansas State, Princeton & Prairie View A&M in NCAA Women's Basketball Championships


The University of Connecticut, Kansas State University, Princeton University and Prairie View A&M University will begin their trek to Denver in Bridgeport, Conn. it was announced during the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship Selection Monday Special on ESPN Monday night. Fairfield University and Webster Bank Arena will host three games March 17 and 19 with the winner advancing to the Sweet 16 in Kingston, R.I.

The first round will tip-off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 with Kansas State and Princeton, followed by Connecticut and Prairie View A&M at 1:30. The second round game will be played at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 19.

All-session passes can be purchased for $62 through Ticketmaster.com and by phone 1-800-745-3000. Single-session tickets, $41, will go on sale beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, online or by phone through Ticketmaster or in person at the Webster Bank Arena Click It or Ticket Box Office. The box office, open Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., will also have all-session tickets available. For additional information or handicap seating options call the box office at 203-345-2400.

UConn is the top-seed in the East Region after posting a 29-4 record and earning the Big East Conference's automatic bid. Ranked third in Monday's WBCA Coaches Poll, the Huskies have four players scoring in double figures entering the tournament, led by the 15.1 points per game of Tiffany Hayes. UConn is appearing in the NCAA Tournament at Webster Bank Arena for the fourth time, going 5-1 in previous appearances.

The 16th seeded Prairie View A&M Panthers are making their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance after earning the automatic bid for the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Latia Williams averaged a team-best 14 points per game for the Panthers, who are 17-15 on the year.

Kansas State enters the tournament at 19-13 and having earned an at-large bid out of the Big 12 Conference. The Wildcats are making their second NCAA Championship appearance at Webster Bank Arena, having advanced to the second round in 2008. Kansas State received a team-leading 14.5 points per game from Jalana Childs.

Princeton is the number-nine seed in the region and enters the tournament at 24-4 and having won 17 consecutive games. The Ivy League Champion, the Tigers are led by the 16.8 points per game of Niveen Rasheed.

For more information on the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship visit NCAA.com. For information pertaining to the games at Webster Bank Arena, including directions, tickets, dining and hotel options click here.

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Posted on March 12, 2012

Vol. 44, No. 227