April 2, 2013, Ottawa (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Tuesday the University of Windsor as host of next year’s CIS women’s basketball championship. The 2014 Final Eight is scheduled for March 14 to 16.
The only previous staging of the event in Windsor, in 2011, proved a resounding success and culminated with the host Lancers capturing the first Bronze Baby Trophy in school history thanks to a 63-49 gold-medal win over Saskatchewan in front of a standing-room only crowd of 2,282 at the St. Denis Centre.
Windsor became – and remains – the first team to triumph on home court since the inaugural national tournament in 1972. The Lancers will enter the 2014 tourney as defending three-time champions as they added Bronze Baby titles a year ago in Calgary and last month in Regina.
“The University of Windsor is grateful to once again be given the opportunity to host the CIS women’s basketball championship,” said Windsor athletic director Gord Grace. “We look forward to promoting CIS and women’s sport in our community, and are excited to put on another memorable event that will enhance the student-athlete experience.”
“We are thrilled to see our women’s basketball championship return to the University of Windsor,” said Pierre Lafontaine, chief executive officer of CIS. “Windsor will keep setting our very high standards expected in hosting this event. It will be memorable.”
The berths for next season’s CIS women’s basketball championship will go to: Regional association champions (AUS, RSEQ, OUA, Canada West), assigned berth to OUA, assigned berth to Canada West, tournament host (Windsor), at-large berth (wildcard).
The University of British Columbia and University of Alberta also bid to organize the 2014 Final Eight.
NOTE: The final three CIS championship hosts for the 2013-14 season will be announced in the coming weeks, including women’s field hockey (fall), swimming (winter) and wrestling (winter).
2013-14 CIS CHAMPIONSHIP HOSTS:
Oct. 31 – Nov. 3: Women’s field hockey – TBD (Canada West)
Nov. 1-3: Women’s rugby – Laval University, Quebec City
Nov. 7-10: Women’s soccer – University of Toronto
Nov. 7-10: Men’s soccer – University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
Nov. 9: Cross country – Western University, London
Nov. 16: Uteck Bowl football semifinal (RSEQ at AUS)
Nov. 16: Mitchell Bowl football semifinal (OUA at Canada West)
Nov. 23: Vanier Cup football final – Laval University, Quebec City
Feb. 20-22: Swimming – TBD
Feb. 21-22: Wrestling – TBD
Feb. 28 – March 2: Women’s volleyball – University of Regina
Feb. 28 – March 2: Men’s volleyball – University of Calgary
March 6-8: Track & field – University of Alberta, Edmonton
March 7-9: Men’s basketball – Carleton University, Ottawa
March 13-16: Women’s hockey – St. Thomas University, Fredericton
March 14-16: Women’s basketball – University of Windsor
March 19-23: Curling – University of Regina
March 20-23: Men’s hockey – University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
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