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    SEC Announces Women's Tournament Format Change

    By: Eric SanInocencio
    Twitter: @EricSan
    SEC Digital Network


    Birmingham, Ala. – For the second time in Southeastern Conference history, the Women’s Basketball Tournament will undergo a format change for the upcoming 2012-13 season. The tournament, which had been a four-day event featuring 12 teams since 1992, will now expand to 14 teams, adding an extra day of competition.

    The 2013 SEC Women’s Tournament will be held at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia on March 6-10, 2013. The addition of a day to this year’s tournament will feature two additional contests played on Wednesday. Seeds 11 through 14 will compete in the opening games of the bracket, with the rest of the event continuing on Thursday.

    As SEC Assistant Commissioner Leslie Claybrook explains, the format change will give SEC fans another chance to watch quality women’s basketball.

    “The high profile of the tournament and the fact that it gives every institution the opportunity to play and compete for a championship was very important in the conversation about expanding the tournament,” Claybrook stated. “Our league is good enough to include all 14 teams and give them the opportunity to compete and win the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.”

    The format changes are due in large part to the new additions of Missouri and Texas A&M into the Southeastern Conference, with both universities competing in the league starting in the fall of 2012. Texas A&M won a women’s hoops National Championship in 2011, while Missouri advanced to the Big 12 Women’s Tournament last year.

    Other than the two newly added Wednesday games, the bracket remains identical to that of years prior. The game times and television coverage for the 2013 SEC Women’s Tournament will be announced at a later date.

    “Who doesn’t love more basketball?” Claybrook explained, noting the SEC fan experience will only improve with the new games at this year’s event. “This gives our fans the chance to see all of our member institutions play, without changing what they (SEC fans) have become accustomed too.”

    The new tournament format will be reviewed after the event’s completion at the next SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, as both league and school officials will discuss the event and the current bracket.

    Ticket books for the 2013 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament will go on sale in October. This year’s event will feature general admission seating for the Wednesday and Thursday sessions. Single session tickets will go on sale the week of the tournament.

    You can purchase tickets by calling 1-800-732-4849 or at