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Top college athletes from across the United States will converge on Vancouver Island this fall to participate in Victoria’s first ever NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division Women’s basketball tournament.

The tournament will take place on November 28th – 30th, 2019, at UVic’s newly constructed CARSA (Centre for Athletics, Recreations, and Special Abilities) building, and will feature previous NCAA finalists like Mississippi State, Stanford, and Syracuse.

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“We are thrilled to have the option to move our premium women’s event to such an outstanding facility at UVic,” said Brooks Downing, CEO of bdG Sports, the Kentucky-based event organizer in a statement.

“It’s a state-of-the-art, new facility that has played host to the Toronto Raptors training camp and will serve our teams and fans in a first-class fashion.”

Besides the previous finalists, the five other teams participating in the tournament including Houston, Green Bay, San Francisco, Bowling Green, and Cal Baptist.

“Our teams and their fans will absolutely fall in love with Victoria and all it has to offer,” said David Munro, a co-founder of the tournament.

“From the Butchart Gardens to the original Chinatown, from Victoria’s British roots to its stunning whale watching tours, this tournament will provide a unique experience for these teams, their friends, family and fans alike.”

The Victoria Invitational is just the second NCAA basketball tournament to come to Canada, with the first event taking place in Vancouver last year.