Saint Martin’s to host GNAC basketball tournament

GNAC LogoLACEY, Wash. – Basketball teams from throughout the Northwest will take to the hardwood at Marcus Pavilion next week as Saint Martin’s University hosts the 2013 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s and women’s championship basketball tournament. The University expects thousands of fans to attend the tournament, taking place at the home of the Saints for the second consecutive year.

The tournament will be held Wednesday, March 6, through Saturday, March 9, at Marcus Pavilion, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE. Online tickets will be available at a discounted price until Tuesday, March 5, at 11:50 p.m., at Eventbrite.

“We are delighted to welcome this group of talented athletes and enthusiastic athletic supporters to the Saint Martin’s campus again,” says Bob Grisham, athletic director for the University. “The GNAC tournament allows us to showcase our facilities as well as our campus-wide commitment to Benedictine hospitality.”

GNAC, the athletic conference for Saints Athletics, counts among its members the 2012 NCAA Division II National Champion, Western Washington University. The other Washington-based GNAC members are Central Washington University and Seattle Pacific University.

The tournament begins Wednesday, March 6, with two women’s games, beginning at 5:15 p.m. The men’s tournament starts Thursday, March 7, with two first-round games, also beginning at 5:15 p.m.

The women’s semifinals will take place Friday, March 8, at noon and 2:15 p.m., followed by the men’s semis at 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The championships will be played Saturday, March 9, with the women’s game tipping off at 5:15 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m. Winners of the GNAC championship games will earn automatic berths in the NCAA Division II West Regional tournaments, which begin Friday, March 15, at a site to be determined.

Saturday’s championship games will be televised on ROOT Sports, with Brad Adam calling the play by play and Bill Krueger providing color commentary.

Details regarding the tournament, include ticket and bracket information, can be found on the GNAC website. Free parking is available in the parking lots surrounding Marcus Pavilion.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres 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 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.

For additional information:

Bob Grisham
Athletic director
Athletics
360-438-4368; bgrisham@stmartin.edu

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager
Saint Martin’s University
360-412-6126; mdwyer@stmartin.edu