Ohio Dominican To Host NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship March 21-24

Ohio Dominican To Host NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship March 21-24

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tickets are on sale now for the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Elite Eight, hosted at Ohio Dominican University's Alumni Hall from March 21-24, 2017.

Ohio Dominican, in partnership with the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, was awarded the championship in December, 2013. This will be the first time the event is hosted in Columbus and is part of an effort to celebrate the sport in Central Ohio, as Capital University hosted the Division III Semifinals in 2016 and Ohio State will host the Division I Final Four in 2018.

The Elite Eight contests will begin at noon on Tuesday, March 21. The semifinal contests will be at 6 and 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 and broadcast on CBS Sports Network. The championship game will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 24, and also air on CBS Sports Network.

To purchase tickets for the events, please visit http://ohiodominicantickets.universitytickets.com/.

"With so many NCAA championships being decided in Columbus over the last several years and into the future, the city continues to serve as a key site for women's basketball," said Anucha Browne, NCAA vice president for women's basketball championships.  "We look forward to the Elite Eight being played there this year, with the Women's Final Four soon to follow in 2018."

"We are excited to join Ohio Dominican in this celebration of women's basketball," said Linda Shetina Logan, executive director of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. "The Division II Women's Basketball Championship continues three years of NCAA women's postseason basketball in Columbus and we look forward to welcoming the teams in the Elite Eight with great Columbus hospitality."

"We are excited to welcome teams from across the nation to Alumni Hall for the Elite Eight," said Ohio Dominican Athletic Director Jeff Blair. "Columbus has proven to be a terrific destination for large-scale events such as this. Our entire campus community is energized by hosting these championships, and I'd like to thank them, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, and the NCAA for all they have done to help make these championships a special event for everyone."

Ohio Dominican's women's basketball team will vie for a spot in the Elite Eight as the rest of its season unfolds. The Panthers, under the direction of Columbus native and Bishop Watterson graduate Lynsey Warren, are currently 13-6 and have won six of their last seven games. Last season, Ohio Dominican finished with a record of 20-9 and was ranked as high as No. 6 in the Midwest Region.

"Hosting the Division II Women's Basketball Elite Eight is a tremendous opportunity in many ways," Warren said. "The Greater Columbus Sports Commission did an outstanding job of bringing this event to Columbus and Ohio Dominican. We are excited to showcase our university, the city of Columbus and Division II championship level basketball."

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