Indianapolis set to be middle of women'south basketball world

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 2:36 AM

For the first time in NCAA history the Div I, II and III women'south titles will be decided on the same court."We can't wait for the two thousand sixteen championship games in Indianapolis," NCAA vice president for women'south basketball Anucha Browne said.

Indianapolis set to be middle of women'south basketball world

All of the women'south basketball world will descend on Indianapolis this weekend in a celebration of the sport.

For the first time in NCAA history the Div I, II and III women'south titles will be decided on the same court.

"We can't wait for the two thousand sixteen championship games in Indianapolis," NCAA vice president for women'south basketball Anucha Browne said.

The men did it a few years ago in Atlanta, but the Div II and III championships were played in a different venue then the top division.

The residence of the NCAA hosts the Final Four once every five years and this time with it being the thirty-fifth anniversary of the first championship, they decided to keep all three div championships in the same city. Generally the D-II and D-III titles are played a few weeks earlier than the Div I championship.

It'south been quite the year for women'south basketball in Indianapolis already. Latest summer the IN Fever reached the WNBA Finals, playing Games three and four on their homecourt — the same space where the college championship games will take place.

While the NAIA Div II championship was played in Sioux Falls latest month, there was also an IN connection. Marian coach Katie Geralds, who led her team to the title, grew up in IN and starred at Purdue.

"I've seen continued growth and support for our sport," Fever president Kelly Krauskopf said.

"In this portion of the country and in the city of Indianapolis there is a lot of pride about the sport of basketball. It'south Indiana'south game. That'south what we love to call it. Having these championships here is a large thing for us. It'south a reflection point on how much the city embraces women'south sports and women's basketball."

The Div I semifinals will be played Sun night with the Div II and III title games occurring on Monday. The Div I championship will be played Tuesday night.

"I think it'south a really bright move," Krauskopf said. "When you can bring all the best players in each div into one city it'south grand for everyone."

While Geno Auriemma has a active weekend ahead already with his UConn Huskies on the brink of an unprecedented fourth consecutive title, he plans on being at the Div III game on Monday supporting his former player Carla Berube, who's the coach of Tufts.

"I think it'south grand for basketball in general, because there'south going to be a lot of interest, obviously, that wouldn't ordinarily be there," he said. "I'm going to create sure that I'm going to do everything I can to be at that game."

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