CHARLOTTE, NC – The Big South Conference Council of Chief Executive Officers has voted to return the Big South Conference Women's Basketball Tournament to High Point University for the next two years, it was announced Monday by Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander.
The 2011 and 2012 tournaments will again be contested at HPU's on-campus facility, the Millis Athletic Center.
High Point, which has hosted the event since 2009, will become the first Big South member institution to host the entire Women's Basketball Championship four consecutive years at the conclusion of the 2012 event, as the current distinction belongs to Radford University at three years (1991-93). In 2007, the Conference returned to a single-site format for its women's basketball tournament following a four-year span using a home-site format from 2003-06.
"High Point University has done an outstanding job hosting the Women's Basketball Championship the past two years," said Kallander. "From the social events to the game management, the entire tournament has been a great experience for our student-athletes. We are looking forward to returning in 2011 and 2012."
"It is a great honor to have the tournament back here again," added High Point Athletics Director Craig Keilitz. "We are pleased that the Conference has shown faith that we will do a great job with the event as we have the last two years. It is important for our team and all the student-athletes that we put on a first class tournament and we are proud to do so once again."
The Big South Conference Women's Basketball Championship has been awarded on a two-year basis the past four years via a bid process. UNC Asheville was first selected to host in 2007 and 2008, followed by High Point for 2009 and 2010. HPU also hosted individual Women's Tournament games each season during the home-site format from 2003-06.
Additional information on dates and tickets for the 2011 Women's Basketball Championship will be announced soon.