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Pac-10 women's tournament will leave San Jose for L.A.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Pac-10 women's basketball
tournament will move from San Jose to Los Angeles for at least two
years starting in 2009.

The conference approved the move to the Galen Center on the
University of Southern California campus at its recent summer meetings.

The start of the women's tournament will also be moved back to
more closely coincide with the men's tournament at the Staples
Center in Los Angeles. In 2009, the women's tournament will begin
March 4 and end March 7. The men will start and end a day earlier.

"We anticipate fans from each institution will attend the games
of both of their teams, and participate in ancillary events for
both tournaments," commissioner Tom Hansen said. "Having them in
the nation's second largest media market also presents
opportunities for the conference, and provides an outstanding
showcase for our student-athletes."

San Jose, which has hosted the women's tournament since 2003,
will be the site of the tournament in 2008. Attendance in San Jose
had been low in recent years, averaging about 3,700 fans a game
this season.

The Galen Center, which opened last fall, seats about 10,500
fans.