Published April 18. 2014 4:00AM
The American Athletic Conference made it official Thursday by announcing its women's basketball tournament will return to Mohegan Sun Arena in 2015.
The Sun hosted the inaugural AAC tournament in 2014 with UConn defeating Louisville in the final. The Huskies went on to win their second straight NCAA championship and record ninth overall.
"The American Athletic Conference is excited to return to a venue that demonstrated tremendous support for our women's basketball tournament," AAC commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement released by the conference. "Attendance was outstanding, the facility is first-rate, and the Mohegan Sun staff provided a great experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans."
This year's tournament will be expandfrom 10 to 11 teams. Louisville and Rutgers are departing but the AAC is adding East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa. All 11 schools will take part in the event at the Sun Arena., home of the WNBA's Connecticut Sun.
"We are thrilled that we will be bringing the American Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament back to Mohegan Sun Arena," said Mitchell Etess, president and CEO of Mohegan Sun. "Our first year was a huge success. We are delighted to continue the relationship."
There four-day event will feature four first-round games on the first day followed by the quarterfinals, semifinals and title game. All games will be part of various ESPN networks and dates have yet to be determined.
- Day Staff Reports