|11 TEAMS, 10 GAMES, 4 DAYS, 1 CHAMPION|
|Indiana Sports Corporation | Conseco Fieldhouse | City of Indianapolis|
|SCHEDULE & RESULTS|
|TRAVEL & LODGING|
Celebrating its 11th year in Indianapolis, the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament presented by Xbox Live will be played for the fifth-straight year at Conseco Fieldhouse, March 2-3-5-6, 2006. The 12th annual tournament features 10 games over five days, with no games on March 4 to make way for the Indiana High School Athletic Association Girls' State Basketball Finals.
All 11 teams participate in the women's tournament with the winner receiving the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The team that finishes atop the regular season standings is the Big Ten champion. The bracket will be seeded according to the final regular-season standings with the league champion earning the top seed and the top five finishers receiving first-round byes.
The inaugural Big Ten Tournament was played at Hinkle Fieldhouse in 1995 and remained at that location until 1996, when it then relocated to the RCA Dome from 1997-99. The tournament moved to Conseco Fieldhouse in 2000 and then left Indianapolis for a one-year stint in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 2001. The event returned to Indianapolis and Conseco Fieldhouse in 2002 and will remain at that venue through 2007.
The women's tournament has increased the interest in Big Ten women's basketball over the past decade. Tournament attendance has eclipsed 30,000 fans in each of the last four years and just two years ago, the Big Ten set a pair of attendance records as the 2004 championship game was played in front of a single-session record of 9,417 fans, which helped establish an overall tournament record of 37,635 spectators.
In the past 11 years of Big Ten Tournament play, the conference has welcomed more than 314,000 fans, including over 287,000 spectators to the Indianapolis area. Five different league representatives have become tournament champions. Michigan State captured the 2005 title, after Purdue claimed both the 2003 and 2004 championships. The Boilermakers have won a league-best five titles, including three consecutive events from 1998-2000. Iowa and Penn State have each won two titles, while Indiana claimed its only title in 2002, as the fifth-seeded Hoosiers became the lowest seed to clinch the tournament crown.
Join us in celebrating our 11th year in Indianapolis and order your 2006 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament presented by Xbox Live tickets today.