In 1891, James Naismith mounted two peach baskets on opposite walls of a gym, inventing the rudimentary version of what we know today as “shelving.” Take your basketball off this grand innovation with today’s GrouponLive deal to the 2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship at Municipal Auditorium. For $35, you get one ticket to each session of the nine-game championship with best available seating in section 209, 211, 226, 227, or 229, rows S–X (up to a $76.75 value, including all Ticketmaster fees). The package includes a ticket to each tournament game:
- First round on Wednesday, March 7, featuring the following games:
- Game one at 5 p.m.
Game two at 7:30 p.m.<p>
- Quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8, featuring the following games:
- Game three at 11 a.m.
- Game four at 1:30 p.m.
- Game five at 5 p.m.
Game six at 7:30 p.m.<p>
- Semifinals on Friday, March 9, featuring the following games:
- Game seven at 12 p.m.
Game eight at 2:30 p.m.<p>
- The finals on Saturday, March 10, at 11 a.m.<p>
The 2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship pits the conference’s teams against one another, including nine Big 12 teams in the Top 40 of the Sagarin/RPI ratings as of February 6th, winnowing out the champs from a collection of dominant teams that started the season with a staggering 99–15 record against non-conference opponents. Sitting at the top of the Sagarin/RPI ratings, the red-hot Baylor Lady Bears jumped out of the gates to a 24–0 season start that has transformed them into favorites to win the NCAA championship. The squad takes on opponents and lines up for yearbook photos under the leadership of junior Brittney Griner, whose 22.8 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 5.2 blocks per game inspire envy in her peers and fear in the gym of her local Y. Kansas forward Carolyn Davis has baffled defenses with her uncanny .605 field goal percentage, and Iowa State forward Chelsea Poppens scoops up poorly aimed shots with a sixth-in-the-nation 11.3 rebounds per game average. Last year’s NCAA champs, Texas A&M, return to contention, hoping to reclaim their recent glory and the sweatshirt they accidentally left at the championship last year.
The Municipal Auditorium ensconces fans in the architectural elegance of its Streamline Moderne design, evoking the 1930s with an imposing stone façade. More than 7,000 upholstered seats keep guests and their unhatched dinosaur eggs comfy throughout the championship’s nine games.
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