The ball will be in CBU’s court next weekend
University set to host AUS Women’s Basketball Championship
SYDNEY — Officials at Cape Breton University say they are more concerned about making sure the athletes have a good experience than making money when they host the 2010 Subway Atlantic University Sport Women’s Basket- ball Championship next weekend.
Although profits would be a nice bonus, CBU athletics director John Ryan said the real focus is enhancing the university’s reputation as a top-notch host.
“ We take great pride in putting on a first-class event and giving back to the student athletes,” said Ryan following a press conference to announce Ronnie Shaw and Chris MacInnis as the honorary chairs for the tournament.
“ We want to make sure all participants from the six teams enjoy their time here at Cape Breton University. At the end if there is a financial benefit for the university then that is gravy.”
During tournament action — Feb. 26-28 at the Sullivan Field House — the host CBU squad will attempt to repeat as AUS champions.
Challenging their title defence will be Memorial, Saint Mary’s, St. FX, Dalhousie and Acadia.
“I think our women’s team going in as the top seed and having a great regular season will build some interest for fans to come out. It is great basketball and I think if people want to see top-notch women’s basketball, then CBU next weekend is the place to be.”
Tickets are still available at the Sullivan Field House box office in advance and on game days. Phone 563-1277 for more details.
Two weeks after the women’s champion is crowned the AUS will bring the men’s tournament to Sydney. Men’s games are set for March 12-14 at Centre 200.
Longtime supporters of Cape Breton Ronnie Shaw, left, and Chris MacInnis were officially named honorary co-chairs for the 2010 Subway Atlantic University Sport Women’s Basketball Championship during a press conference held at Cape Breton University, Wednesday.