STORRS, Conn. — The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team hopes it will begin defense of its national championship at home next March.
UConn senior women’s administrator Deb Corum said Friday that the school will bid to host 2014 first- and second-round NCAA tournament games.
A rule change by the NCAA allowing schools to host regionals was passed earlier this year but UConn will not take that route.
“The reason for that being we’re opposed to institutions being able to host regionals on their home site,” Corum said. “So it would be disingenuous to say we’re opposed to that and then bid for it.
“We’re hoping that there will be someone else in the state of Connecticut or nearby that will bid for a regional. Maybe we’ll be able to stay close by. We’d like to do that for our fans.”
The Huskies hosted the East Regional semifinals and final at Gampel Pavilion in 1995 before a rule change prohibited schools from playing regional semifinals and finals on their home court.
Bids must be submitted by Sept. 16.