One Week Remaining Until the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament Presented by Xbox 360
Feb. 22, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In preparation for the upcoming 2007 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament presented by Xbox 360, Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack, and sophomores Kim Roberson and Whitney Thomas will be featured in a pre-tournament press conference held by the Indiana Sports Corporation on Monday, Feb. 26, along with Big Ten Commissioner James Delany, Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp and selected players, as well as members of the Indiana Sports Corporation to discuss ticket sales.
The press conference is scheduled to begin at noon ET in the entry pavilion of Conseco Fieldhouse.
The league also announced plans for the second annual Big Ten "Talk of the Town," which will be hosted by the Big Ten Conference and the Indiana Sports Corporation, on Saturday, March 3. The event, which runs from 2:30-4 p.m. ET and is open to both media and the public, will take place on the off-day of the 2007 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament presented by Xbox 360. "Talk of the Town" will feature a public question-and-answer segment and autograph session involving coaches and selected players from the four tournament semifinal participants, as well as a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Big Ten Women's Championships.
The event will take place at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, located above the intersection of Illinois and Washington streets, and is accessible through Circle Centre Mall. A unique opportunity for both media and the general public to hear from the four remaining Big Ten Tournament semifinalists, coaches will field questions from the public and be available to media for one-on-one interviews from 2:30-3:30 p.m., while the student-athletes take part in the autograph session. At 3:30 p.m., selected student-athletes will become available to the media for 30 minutes, but will remain at the autograph table if no interview requests are made.
Also scheduled to appear are five conference standouts from the past 25 years of Big Ten women's basketball. The 1980s will be represented by Tracey (Hall) Yarbrough, who was the conference's first two-time All-American during her stint at Ohio State. Fellow Buckeye Katie Smith will represent the 1990s, as she was the 1996 Big Ten Player of the Year and went on to claim an Olympic gold medal on both the 2000 and 2004 Team USA squads. Two former Big Ten student-athletes will represent the third and most recent decade of Big Ten women's basketball in Kelly Komara (Purdue, 1999-02) and Angelina Williams (Illinois, 2002-05). In addition, current Big Ten women's basketball television analyst Suzie McConnell-Serio (Penn State, 1985-88) will also be at the event. The former WNBA player retired to the sidelines in 2000 and later became the league's Coach of the Year in 2004 during a three-year stint with the Minnesota Lynx. For the past two seasons, McConnell-Serio has served as the Big Ten's lead women's basketball color analyst on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
In addition to the autograph session, basketball fans will also be able to roam the Artsgarden and view artwork from participants of the Big Ten Tournament Middle School Program. This year, more than 2,500 students from 32 middle schools representing a variety of Indianapolis and area schools were given the opportunity to submit artwork for the annual Middle School Program T-shirt. Each student in the program was given a free ticket to Friday's games and encouraged to wear the artistic T-shirt and cheer for the team his/her school has been assigned. The top 10 T-shirt designs, including the winner, will be on display at the Artsgarden, with participants and their families invited to attend.
The event is easily accessible to fans of all ages and is located next to the Circle Centre Mall food court. Although parking is available in a number of parking garages attached to Circle Centre Mall, the Artsgarden is easily accessible by foot from Conseco Fieldhouse and downtown hotels and restaurants.
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