The Big Sky Conference on Friday announced an agreement to hold its postseason men’s and women’s basketball tournaments at the Reno Events Center from 2016 through 2018.
In moving to a predetermined neutral site for the first time in more than two decades, the two tournaments will expand to include all 12 schools.
This past season, Montana, as the men’s and women’s regular-season champions, hosted eight teams for each tournament.
“That’s one of the great advantages of going to a predetermined site,” said Big Sky Commissioner Doug Fullerton. “Now everybody can go.”
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This past season, Sacramento State came close to hosting the men’s tournament for the first time. University officials scrambled to book hotel rooms and build a makeshift arena in the school’s Wellness Center because the Nest, the campus gym, was too small to host the event.
Fullerton said because tournaments were not determined until the final days of the season, it put “too much strain” on the host schools and their communities.
Big Sky deputy commissioner Ron Loghry said Reno was most desirable because it’s a neutral site, it could host all 24 teams in one arena, and it has downtown hotels within walking distance.
▪ UC Davis received victories from Breanna Standifer (discus, 161 feet, 5 inches), Veronica Smart (shot put, 47-31/2), Brian Thomas (400 meters, 48.08 seconds) and Marc Toney (pole vault, 15-1) in the Brutus Hamilton Open at Cal, UCD reported.
▪ Fifth-seeded Sacramento State (10-14) lost 4-3 to fourth-seeded Montana State (10-14) in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Conference men’s tennis tournament at the Gold River Racquet Club, Sac State reported.
▪ Second-seeded UC Davis (16-6) fell 4-1 to third-seeded UC Santa Barbara (14-9) in the semifinals of the Big West Conference men’s tennis tournament at Indian Wells.
▪ UC Davis (11-12) lost 4-0 to No. 57 UC Santa Barbara (15-8) in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference women’s tennis tournament at Indian Wells.
▪ John Williams’ suicide squeeze in the eighth inning scored Izaak Silva for the go-ahead run, lifting host UC Davis (23-16-1) to a 4-3 victory over Pacific (9-30), according to UCD.
▪ Brennan Leitao allowed just one run and two hits over six innings and Scotty Burcham had three hits for Sac State (22-19, 9-7 Western Athletic Conference) in a 5-1 win over host North Dakota (14-20, 8-8), Sac State reported.
Bee Sports staff