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NCAA, City Of Columbus Unveil 2018 Women's Final Four Logo, Announce 'Countdown To Columbus'

The city of Columbus and the NCAA unveiled the official Final Four logo for 2018 and announced the 'Countdown To Columbus' event set to take place on Nov. 12 at Nationwide Arena.

The 2017 Women's Final Four has yet to be played in Dallas, but the countdown to the 2018 Final Four is already underway. 

The city of Columbus, Ohio and the NCAA unveiled the official logo for the 2018 Women's Basketball Final Four set to be held at Nationwide Arena on March 30 and April 1, 2018. 

The logo features the arches that can be seen primarily in the short north area of Columbus' High Street and came with the announcement of a two game showcase that will take place in early November of 2017. 

Nationwide Arena will play host to the "Countdown to Columbus" event, which will pit the Ohio State women's basketball team against the University of Connecticut for the third straight season while Stanford is set to take on Louisville with both games set for Nov. 12. 

UConn is currently in the midst of an unprecedented 100 game winning streak and one of its most decorated players, Maya Moore was in attendance on Wednesday morning to help promote the Final Four in Columbus. 

"This is my first time in Columbus. It is crazy basketball hasn't brought me here yet," Moore said Feb. 15. "Just walking around downtown, everything is so accessible. That was the first thing that I saw. I think this city is very welcoming and very unique. When you are here, you really feel like you are in a different place and the people are super friendly."

Moore played in four straight Final Four's at UConn, winning national titles as a sophomore and junior while falling in the semifinals as a freshman and senior. 

Also in attendance was Ohio State legend and Olympic gold medalist Katie Smith. Smith was part of a committee that helped bring the Final Four to Columbus and said she is proud and excited to see the city she used to play in on the big stage. 

"To be able to host in not only the city that I love, but in the sport that I love, I am just totally pumped up for it," Smith said. "It is going to be a really great and unique moment."

Smith played in one Final Four herself as a member of an Ohio State team that lost in the 1993 title game to Texas Tech in Atlanta. She is currently the associate head coach for the New York Liberty of the WNBA. 


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