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UWSP to host 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Finals

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -

In 2014, Quant Fieldhouse at UW-Stevens Point will be center stage for the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Finals.

"You can imagine, we're pretty excited about hosting a national championship game right here in Quant Fieldhouse and having four teams come in and four sets of student athletes and coaches and fans coming right here to Stevens Point," said Daron Montgomery, UW-Stevens Point Director of Athletics.

"Well, we're obviously very excited to be able to bring the national championship here to UW Stevens Point and this community," said Shirley Egner, UW-Stevens Point Women's Basketball Coach.

Enger is the former chair of this championship event and says the experience for the student athletes is the most important factor in choosing a site for a championship game.

"To me, that's the bottom line. What type of experience will the four teams have while they're here competing for a national championship? And everything else is just extra," said Egner.

City officials say they're looking forward to the boost the tournament will bring to the local economy.

"Based on research that we've conducted over the last several months, we know that the average sports event attendee spends about $230 per party… that means for a family of three to four individuals coming into the community," said Sara Brish, Executive Director of the Stevens Point Area Conventions and Visitors Bureau.

City officials say they're confident visitors will enjoy the local attractions in Stevens Point while they're here for the championship game.

UW-Stevens Point has also hosted NCAA Men's and Women's Division III Sectional match-ups in the past.

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