PMAC picked as 2013 NCAA women's site

LSU, Baton Rouge will host first and second rounds this year and next.

LSU and the Pete Maravich Assembly Center will serve as the host site for the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament First and Second Rounds, bringing "March Madness" to the campus for the second consecutive year, it was announced on Monday.

Dates and times will be announced at a later date.

Other 2013 first and second round sites include: 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 2013 NCAA regional sites include: Norfolk, Va.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Spokane, Wash.; Trenton, N.J. They lead up to the 2013 NCAA Final Four, which will be held in New Orleans for the first time since 2004 at the New Orleans Arena.

Next month the 2012 NCAA Tournament will take place at the PMAC on March 18 and 20. First-round games tip at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. CT. The second-round contest on Tuesday, March 20 tips at 8:30 p.m. The NCAA Tournament field of 64 will be announced on Monday, March 12 at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN.

All-Session ticket books for the 2012 NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds are now on sale and cost $25 for adults and $15 for youth. All fans regardless of age must have a ticket for admittance. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the LSU Athletic Ticket Office at (225) 578-2184.

Due to NCAA mandated holds, not all season-ticket holders will be able to secure their regular-season seating. Every effort will be made to assign seats as close to regular seats as possible.

Since the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament was expanded to its current 64-team format, LSU has played host to first-and-second round games six times, most recently in 2009 when the Lady Tigers defeated Green Bay before losing to eventual Final Four participant Louisville in the second round.

LSU also served as a host site for first-and-second round games in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2008. The Lady Tigers are 13-2 all-time in NCAA Tournament games played in Baton Rouge. That record dates back to LSU's first hosting opportunity in 1984. LSU owns a perfect 6-0 record all-time in NCAA Tournament First Round games in the Maravich Center.

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