April 24, 2014
The Vanderbilt women's basketball team will spend the Thanksgiving holidays in Florida this year.
The Commodores have announced that they will be competing in the Gulf Coast Showcase at Ft. Myers' Germain Arena in Estero, Fla., on Nov. 28-30. They will be joined at the tournament by seven other teams -- including national champion UConn.
Arizona State, which defeated Vanderbilt in the first round of last month's NCAA Tournament, will also be participating, along with College of Charleston, Green Bay, Minnesota, Villanova and Georgia Tech.
"The mission of the Gulf Coast Showcase is to annually showcase the best teams in women's hoops," said Debbie Antonelli, ESPN analyst and Gulf Coast Showcase Tournament Host.
"Having such tremendous programs in only our second year has quickly established the tournament as the premier event in the nation. It will certainly be a March Madness atmosphere on the court and this tournament is a great addition to the women's college basketball landscape."
Ticket Information: Ticket packages are on sale and can be purchased online by clicking here. Single session tickets will go on-sale to the public this summer. Preferred hotel accomodations for fans will be released laster this month.
More information: Gulf Coast Showcase
Quick look at the field: Listed below is some brief information on the teams who will join Vanderbilt at the tournament.
Arizona State (Pac-12 Conference) - Coach Charli Turner Thorne has won more than 300 games at ASU with nine NCAA Tournament appearances and two Elite Eights.
College of Charleston (Colonial Athletic Association) - Coach Natasha Adair led CofC to the third-most wins in school history in only her first season at the helm in 2012-13.
Connecticut (American Athletic Conference) - Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma has led the Huskies to nine national championships and 15 Final Fours.
Georgia Tech (Atlantic Coast Conference) - Coach MaChelle Joseph has led the Yellow Jackets to new heights over the past decade and has the highest winning percentage (overall and conference play) in school history.
Green Bay (Horizon League) - During a six-season stretch from 2008-2013, Green Bay has the third-highest winning percentage in NCAA Division I with a 175-25 mark, trailing only Connecticut and Stanford.
Minnesota (Big Ten Conference) - The Golden Gophers finished 22-13 this past season and advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT.
Villanova (Big East Conference) - The Wildcats are led by Coach Harry Perretta, one of the nation's most accomplished coaches with 661 careers wins over the past 36 years.