Stanford was chosen, for what will be the 16th time, by the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee as one of 16 host sites for the first and second round of the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championships, the NCAA announced Thursday.
Other cities chosen to host first- and second-round games in 2011 areAlbuquerque, New Mexico; Auburn, Alabama; Charlottesville, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; College Park, Maryland; Columbus, Ohio; Durham, North Carolina; Knoxville, Tennessee; Salt Lake City, Utah; Spokane, Washington; Shreveport, Louisiana; Storrs, Connecticut; University Park, Pennsylvania; Waco, Texas; and Wichita, Kansas.
The four selected regional sites are Dayton, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Dallas, Texas; and Spokane, Washington.
"The committee was pleased with the level of interest in our championship that we found from cities, institutions and conferences across the country," said Jane Meyer, senior associate director of athletics at the University of Iowa and chair of the Division I Women's Basketball Committee. "Of the 20 preliminary sites for 2011, we have 11 different conferences represented, with Wichita and Shreveport hosting for the first time."
Entering the 2009-10 season, Stanford is riding a 29-game winning streak at Maples Pavilion, the fourth-longest streak in school history.
The longest streak stretched from Nov. 25, 1994 and ended on March 14, 1998 with Stanford's 71-67 first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Harvard.
The current streak has run over two full seasons, and the Cardinal, with the potential for 16 home regular-season dates this season, can pull off three straight undefeated home seasons for the first time since 1994-96.
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 313-32 (.907) record at home during her tenure. The Cardinal is 195-12 (.942) all-time against Pac-10 foes at home. Stanford has also won 112 of its last 119 games at Maples.
The last time the Cardinal lost at Maples Pavilion was March 19, 2007 against Florida State in a second-round NCAA Tournament game. Stanford's last conference loss at Maples was on Feb. 4, 2007, when California posted a 72-57 victory over the Cardinal.
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