Best on the court coming to Camrose next year

The inaugural ACAC women's basketball Final Eight Championship has found a home in Camrose.

The Univsersity of Alberta - Augustana Campus will be the site of the tournament Feb. 28 to March 3, 2013 and the Augustana Vikings will be the host.

"Augustana is honoured to host the inaugural Women's Basketball ACAC Tournament. We would like to set the bar high and provide a wonderful play-off experience for every team," said head coach Leanne Shenton."

Since the 2009/2010 season the Vikings women's basketball team has consistently shown their ability to progress and compete in the tough playoff format, which in the past could leave the teams travelling for extended periods of time and playing few or no home games. This past season the women's team played all their playoff games away from home and outside of the playoff atmosphere that the Augustana Campus and Camrose community help provide.

While Shenton is excited about this tournament coming to Camrose her athletes are already looking forward to it.

"It will be an amazing opportunity to host the ACAC championships next season!" said team fourth year player and Captain, Monique Jarrett.

Jarrett was on the team in 2010 when the women made their first playoff run in several years.

"Back in 2010 I remember the crowd being amazing and really giving us a boost, the atmosphere and having our fans cheering us on will give us the spark to make a deep playoff run in 2013," she said.

Vikings Athletics and the Augustana Campus are also excited to host an event of this magnitude.

"After last season's hockey success this will allow us to continue to bring exciting high level sporting events to the Camrose community, and our Campus community" said Vikings' event coordinator, Alicia Hurley.

"Our gymnasium's reputation for being one of the most exciting places to play in the ACAC has grown over the last two years, and that has a lot to do with our fans and the atmosphere they bring to an event of this size," said Hurley.

Vikings Athletics will have a booth during Jaywalkers Jamboree for season ticket and championship information.


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