In 2013 if a team wants to make it past the first and second round of the NCAA Women's Tournament some will have to go through Lubbock, Texas.
On Monday it was announced that the United Spirit Arena will be one of 16 host sites for the 2013 NCAA Women's Tournament.
Lubbock was not alone as a city to be chosen in Texas as Waco, home of the No. 1 Lady Bears, and College Station, home to the SEC-bound Texas A&M Aggies, will also host first and second round games in the tourney.
"It's a great honor I appreciate our administration putting a bid out, and showing their commitment," Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "And very honored to be a part of a really special group when you look at it. College Station got a bid, Waco got a bid, and Lubbock got a bid, so for the state of Texas to have three bids is pretty spectacular.
"We're excited for our fans, obviously our players, I know our four freshman will be excited. It's a great opportunity."
This marks the first time Texas Tech has hosted the first and second round of the tournament since the 2009 season, but the Lady Raiders were not a tournament squad that season. Tech finished 16-15 overall and 6-10 in Big 12 Conference Play.
It will also be the 10th time in program history that Tech has hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
With the fact in mind that the tournament will be coming to Lubbock, Tech junior Chynna Brown said to have the opportunity to play the first and second round of the NCAA Tournament at home would be great.
"Feel like it'd be a great opportunity, like (Barncastle) said it'd be a great crowd," Brown said. "Hopefully we'd be in it with us hosting it, and I just look forward to it."