June 5, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - Fogelman Arena, the storied venue of the Tulane basketball programs, will play host to the 2009 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship this March, the conference announced at its meeting of the Board of Directors.
"We are pleased to host another Conference USA Championship," Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said, "and we look forward to another exciting season of Tulane women's basketball, which will be showcased as we host in Fogelman next spring."
All 12 teams of C-USA will travel to New Orleans for the tournament, March 5-8, for the single-elimination tournament. The top four teams will receive byes to the quarterfinals.
The Green Wave will be hosting the tournament for the second time in the 14-year history of C-USA. Tulane played host to the C-USA tournament in 1999, when the Green Wave won the tournament while seeded third to win their second of four C-USA tournament crowns. In 1981, the Green Wave hosted the Metro Conference Tournament in Fogelman Arena.
Tulane also won the C-USA tournament in 1997, 2000 and 2001. The Green Wave were regular season champions in 1997, 1999 and 2007.
Fogelman Arena, which opened in 1933, has been the host facility for over 20 women's basketball tournaments, in the post-season and regular season, including conference tournaments, the Tulane DoubleTree Classic, and the pre- and post- season Women's NIT. On the men's side, it has hosted a number of tournaments, including the 1942 NCAA East Regional.
The Green Wave finished last season at 16-14, but won four of their final six regular season Conference USA games. Tulane will return nine players from last season's squad, with three newcomers joining the active roster in 2008-09.