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For Immediate Release:
January 29, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. Single-session tickets for the 2009 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament go on sale to the general public Monday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. EST. The 2009 tournament, which takes place on March 5-8 at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis, features all 11 Big Ten teams battling in 10 games over four days of competition. The winner will earn the conference’s coveted automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

The single-session tickets ($12-$16) will be available at the Conseco Fieldhouse box office, Ticketmaster outlets, http://www.ticketmaster.com/, or by calling Ticketmaster at (317) 239-5151. All-session tickets are still available for $65.

The bracket for the 2009 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, along with information on tickets, travel, lodging, tournament history and more can be found at both http://www.bigten.org/ and http://www.indianasportscorp.com/.

Indianapolis has staged 13 of the 14 previous women’s tournaments. The Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments will call Indianapolis and Conseco Fieldhouse home through 2012. The 2004 women’s tournament championship game, also held at Conseco Fieldhouse, was played in front of a single-session record of 9,417 fans.

Fans wishing to purchase all-session tickets within their university’s fan block are encouraged to contact their school’s ticket office:

Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone Numbers Local to Big Ten Universities
Champaign (217) 351-2626; Bloomington (812) 333-9955; Iowa City (319) 363-1888; Ann Arbor (248) 645-6666; East Lansing (517) 484-5656; Minneapolis (651) 989-5151; Evanston (312) 559-1212; Columbus (614) 431-3600; University Park (570) 693-4100; West Lafayette (765) 743-5151; Madison (608) 255-4646.

The tournament schedule and single-session ticket prices (game times are listed in EST):

Session 1 (First Round) $12
Game 1: Thursday, March 5, Noon #7 Seed vs. #10 Seed, Big Ten Network
Game 2: Thursday, March 5, 25 minutes following the conclusion of Game 1 #6 Seed vs. #11 Seed, Big Ten Network
Game 3: Thursday, March 5, 25 minutes following the conclusion of Game 2 #8 Seed vs. #9 Seed, Big Ten Network
Session 2 (Quarterfinals) $14
Game 4: Friday, March 6, 11:30 a.m. #2 Seed vs. Game 1 Winner, Big Ten Network
Game 5: Friday, March 6, 25 minutes following the conclusion of Game 4 #3 Seed vs. Game 2 Winner, Big Ten Network
Session 3 (Quarterfinals) $14
Game 6: Friday, March 6, 6 p.m. #1 Seed vs. Game 3 Winner, Big Ten Network
Game 7: Friday, March 6, 25 minutes following the conclusion of Game #4 Seed vs. #5 Seed, Big Ten Network
Session 4 (Semifinals) $16
Game 8: Saturday, March 7, 6 p.m. Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner, Big Ten Network
Game 9: Saturday, March 7, 25 minutes following the conclusion of Game 8 Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner, Big Ten Network
Session 5 (Championship) $16
Game 10: Sunday, March 8, 5:30 p.m. Game 8 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner, ESPN2

The Big Ten Conference is an association of 11 world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes’ lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. Big Ten universities provide in excess of $100 million in athletic scholarship aid to more than 8,500 men and women student-athletes who compete for 25 championships, 12 for men and 13 for women. Conference institutions sponsor broad-based athletic programs with more than 270 teams. For more information, visit http://www.bigten.org/

Indiana Sports Corporation is the amateur sports champion, stimulating economic growth, inspiring healthy kids, and creating vibrant communities throughout Indiana. Indiana Sports Corp was founded in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission. For more information, visit http://www.indianasportscorp.com/.