Wolfpack's First Opponent Announced for 2013 Gulf Coast Showcase
Sept. 13, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State University women’s basketball team has learned the identity of its first opponent at the 2013 Gulf Coast Showcase, a tournament which will be played at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla. The Wolfpack will open play at the tournament on Friday, Nov. 29 against Wright State from the Horizon League.
“We’re excited for this tournament,” said NC State head coach Wes Moore. “There is a competitive field and this will be a great trip for our student-athletes. It’s going to be a very challenging weekend of games and I think it will go a long way as far as preparing us for our ACC schedule.”
Wright State ended the 2012-13 season with a 12-18 record which included a 6-10 mark in Horizon League play. Head coach Mike Bradbury is 53-44 in three years at WSU and returns five players which started at least 13 games last season.
Following the game against Wright State, NC State will either advance to the semifinal round against the winner of Middle Tennessee State/Southeastern Louisiana or play in the consolation side of the bracket against the loser of those same teams.
The two semifinal and two consolation-round games will be played on Saturday, Nov. 30. Competition will then wrap up at the tournament following the seventh-place, fifth-place, third-place, and championship games on Sunday, Dec. 1.
Mississippi State, Grand Canyon, UCLA, and James Madison are the other four teams in the tournament bracket.
“There are strong teams from major conferences in this tournament and also some very strong mid-major programs, so there are no easy games in this field,” Moore added. “We’ll be challenged every day.“
In addition to the eight-team women’s tournament from Nov. 29–Dec. 1, there will be an eight-team men’s tournament from Nov. 25-27 in the same location.
“We are excited to showcase these 16 quality programs in the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase,” said Brooks Downing, president of bd Global (www.bdglobalsports.com). “We had been considering this market to launch a premium event of this nature, and after Florida Gulf Coast made its magical run last March, we were convinced that the Fort Myers-Naples area would be the ideal destination location to create a signature event.”
The tournament figures to be a boon for the local economy, attracting fans from around the country. While the games will be played at Germain Arena, the Waldorf Astoria Naples serves as the host resort for teams.
"We are thrilled to have so many good schools represented in the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase, said Craig Brush, president of Germain Arena. “We are convinced that this will become one of the premier college basketball events in the country as well as a fixture on the Southwest Florida sports fan's calendar."
“I'm thrilled to partner with my long-time friend Brooks Downing and bd Global to bring a competitive women's basketball tournament to the Ft Myers/Naples area,” said Debbie Antonelli, ESPN analyst and Tournament Director of the women’s event. “Each of these eight teams brings an intense, hard working, offensive-minded style of play that will be entertaining for fans. I think the coaches will agree that this tournament will simulate post-season play, especially given the competitive field that has been put together.”
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