Big East women’s basketball tourney returning to Connecticut

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — The Big East Conference is moving its women’s basketball tournament to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.

The move, announced Tuesday, follows the return of the University of Connecticut to the Big East from the American Athletic Conference.

The 10,000-seat arena, which also is the home of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, is scheduled to host the Big East women’s tournament for the next three seasons, the conference announced Tuesday.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma said he’s thrilled with the decision.

“We have the best women’s basketball fans in the nation in Connecticut and they’ll be excited to see UConn back in the Big East,” he said. “Continue wearing masks and taking necessary health and safety precautions so this tournament can take place in 2021.”

The tournament, which spent a decade in Hartford’s XL Center before the breakup of the old Big East in 2013, has been held for the past three seasons at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

The Mohegan Sun hosted all seven American Athletic Conference Tournaments while UConn was a member of that league. The Huskies never lost an AAC regular-season or tournament game.

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