Saint Martin’s offers jump start on ‘March Madness’ as host of GNAC tournament

February 29, 2012

LACEY, WASHINGTON — Saint Martin’s University is preparing to welcome 12 college basketball teams — six men’s teams and six women’s teams — and their fans to Marcus Pavilion for the 2012 Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament. The four-day GNAC championship begins Wednesday, February 29, with two evening games, and culminates Saturday, March 3, with the championship games. Both final games on Saturday will be televised on ROOT SPORTs.

This marks the first time that Saint Martin’s has hosted the GNAC tournament, and the first time that the GNAC has selected a single, central site for both the men’s and women’s tournament. GNAC, which is in its 11th season of athletic competition, is comprised of 10 NCAA Division II schools located in five states and one Canadian province.

On the men’s side, Western Washington enters the tournament as the number-one seed. Alaska Anchorage, with a 21-5 record, is the men’s number-two seed. As the top seeds, both Western Washington and Anchorage enjoy first-round byes. In the women’s tournament, Alaska Anchorage is the number-one seed and Western Washington is the number-two seed.

General admission tickets are $10 per session or $40 for a tournament pass. Reserved seating is $15 a session or $55 for a tournament pass. For student and youth, the cost is $6 a session and $20 for a tournament pass.

The daily schedule for the tournament is as follows:

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 (men):
Game 1: No. 6 Central Washington (14-12) vs. No. 3 Seattle Pacific (21-6), 5:15 p.m.;
Game 2: No. 5 Montana State Billings (15-11) vs. No. 4 Western Oregon (18-9), 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 1, 2012 (women):
Game 3: No. 6 MSU Billings (18-11) vs. No. 3 NW Nazarene (17-9), 5:15 p.m.
Game 4: No. 5 Simon Fraser (16-10) vs. No. 4 Seattle Pacific (17-9), 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 2, 2012 (men/women):
Game 5: Men CWU/SPU winner vs. No. 2 Alaska Anchorage (21-5), noon.
Game 6: Men MSU/WOU winner vs. No. 1 Western Washington (25-4), 2:15 p.m.
Game 7: Women MSUB/NNU winner vs. No. 2 Western Washington (20-6), 5:15 p.m.; SPU/SFU winner vs. No. 1 Alaska Anchorage (25-4), 7:30 p.m.
Game 8: Women

Saturday, March 3, 2012 (men/women):
Game 9: Men’s championship, 5:15 p.m.
Game 10: Women’s championship, 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Gail Wood, sports information director at Saint Martin’s University, 360-438-4328 or sportsinfodirector@stmartin.edu.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.

For more information:

Gail Wood
Sports Information Director
Saint Martin's University
sportsinfodirector@stmartin.edu; 360-438-4328

Sarah Holdener
Director of Community Relations and Event Management
Office of Marketing and Communications
Saint Martin’s University
sholdener@stmartin.edu; 360-412-6140