Feb. 14, 2012
St. John's University's Carnesecca Arena will be one of the 16 host sites for the First and Second Rounds of the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, as announced by the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee on Monday.
In addition to Queens, other cities chosen to host First and Second-round games in 2013 include Baton Rouge, La.; Boulder, Colo.; College Park, Md.; College Station, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Durham, N.C.; Iowa City, Iowa; Knoxville, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky.; Lubbock, Texas; Newark, Del.; Spokane, Wash.; Stanford, Calif.; Storrs, Conn., and Waco, Texas. The four selected regional sites are Norfolk, Va.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Spokane, Wash., and Trenton, N.J.
Nine different conferences are represented.
St. John's has never hosted an NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament; however, Carnesecca Arena was a host site for the First and Second Rounds of the 2007 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament.
"St. John's University is excited and honored to be given an opportunity to host the NCAA Tournament for 2013," said Associate Vice President for Athletics Kathy Meehan. "We are honored to be selected for the first time, and we think that it shows just how far our program has come on the national scene. It's a privilege to showcase not only our excellent facility, but to welcome four outstanding teams who will be vying for a run at the women's Final Four and 2013 NCAA title."
Carnesecca Arena (5,602 capacity) has also been a host site for the 2005, 2008 and 2009 Postseason WNIT Tournaments.
The St. John's women's basketball team has continued to be one of the top programs in the country under the direction of 10th-year head coach Kim Barnes Arico. The Red Storm has been to three NCAA Tournaments under Barnes Arico's leadership, including back-to-back runs in 2010 and 2011. Barnes Arico is perfect at 3-0 in First Round games. Last year, as No. 9 seed, St. John's went up against top-seeded Stanford on its home court. With a 9-3 BIG EAST record and 17-8 overall slate, the Red Storm is looking to make it a three-peat in 2011-12.
"It is truly an honor for our University and our women's basketball program to be chosen to host," remarked Barnes Arico. "This is a wonderful opportunity as it is great for both the sport of women's basketball and St. John's and will give increased exposure to the game as well as to our University. Hopefully, we take care of our part and get there because there will be no greater honor than to play on your home court in the NCAA Tournament."
the St. John's women's basketball program history, St. John's has appeared in six NCAA Tournaments, making it to the Round of 32 four times. The last time St. John's received back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths was during the 1983 and 1984 seasons under head coach Don Perrelli.