ACC to Celebrate Women’s Basketball Tourney’s 40th Anniversary
League’s top moments to be recognized throughout the 2016-17 season
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference plans a season-long celebration as it recognizes the 40th anniversary of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The ACC became the first conference to conduct a women’s basketball tournament when the event was played at Charlottesville, Virginia’s University Hall in February of 1978, paving the way for countless opportunities for female student-athletes in the decades that followed. In commemoration, the ACC and its member institutions will select 40 of the league’s top women’s basketball moments to be highlighted during the upcoming season and the 2017 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
“The ACC’s strong tradition in women’s basketball is exemplified by our league’s leadership in hosting the sport’s first-ever Division I conference women’s basketball tournament,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “We look forward to celebrating the successes of our teams, coaches and student-athletes over the last four decades throughout the upcoming season.”
The “40 ACC Moments” will be highlighted throughout the league’s ACC Women’s Basketball games televised by the regional sports networks, across the league’s digital platforms, as well as each school highlighting its moments in its arena and socially. In addition to the “40 ACC Moments,” which will be announced in mid-January, the ACC Network will unveil the All-ACC Women’s Tournament Team from the last 40 years during this year’s event March 1-5. The 40th anniversary all-tournament team will consist of a five-member first team and a five-member second team.
Please visit theACC.com throughout the regular season for additional information and updates on the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament’s 40th anniversary celebration.