The City of Wilmington will soon play host to the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Women’s Basketball Championship. The 13-game series will be played adjacent to Wilmington’s Riverfront neighborhood at the CHASE Fieldhouse March 2-6. This is the first time in six years that all 14 Atlantic 10 teams will compete under one roof. With Wilmington serving as host, the championship will be played at a neutral site for only the eighth time in its 40-year history. This is also an important year for women’s collegiate sports, as 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX.
The city is thrilled that four of the student athletes participating in this year’s championship hail from Wilmington. Michelle Kozicki from La Salle University, Ber’nyah Mayo and Stefanie Kulesza from the University of Massachusetts, and Yanni Hendley from the University of Rhode Island are all returning to their hometown to participate in the event.
Mayor Mike Purzycki is ready to “...roll out the red carpet for everyone associated with the A-10 championship.”
The Atlantic 10 Conference’s Women’s Basketball Championship will tip off with all 14 schools competing in a first round on Wednesday, March 2, followed by four second-round games on Thursday, March 3. Four quarter-final games will take place on Friday, March 4. The semifinal round will be televised live by CBS Sports Network on Saturday, March 5, and the finals will air live on ESPN2 on Sunday, March 6.
A-10 women’s basketball teams are based in eight states and Washington, D.C. They include Davidson College, the University of Dayton, Duquesne University, Fordham University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, La Salle University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, Saint Joseph’s University, Saint Louis University and Virginia Commonwealth University.
For fans, families and players visiting Wilmington during championship week the city and surrounding Brandywine Valley have much to offer. The magnificent estates of Chateau Country recall the French countryside. The colonial hamlets of Historic New Castle and Odessa are untouched by time. And the Brandywine Valley’s six grand gardens, part of America's Garden Capital, encompass over 3,000 acres. Add in a burgeoning restaurant community that Food & Wine says, “Wilmington’s food scene deserves your attention,” and you have a great weekend escape that is convenient to many mid-Atlantic and Northeast metropolitan cities. Start planning your championship week visit at VisitWilmingtonDE.com/A10.