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College Basketball: NLR chosen as women’s SEC tourney site

FAYETTEVILLE — North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena has been selected to host the 2015 Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament.

It’s the fourth time the arena — which was previously known as Alltel Arena — has been selected to host the tournament.

“The Southeastern Conference and its member institutions are excited to return to a city that has shown tremendous support for SEC women’s basketball,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement. “Verizon Arena is a great facility and North Little Rock is an enthusiastic community that is perfect to showcase our women’s basketball programs. We know that our student-athletes, coaches and fans will greatly enjoy a return visit to the area.”

The tournament also was held in North Little Rock in 2003, 2006 and 2009. It will be played in Duluth, Ga., this season, while the conference office is currently in the bid process for the 2016 and 2017 tournaments.

The conference already has announced that Nashville will host the SEC Women’s Tournament in 2018, 2022 and 2026.

“The Verizon Arena is very excited to have the SEC Women’s Tournament return to North Little Rock,” said Wesley Holmes, the assistant general manager of Verizon Arena. “This is one of the premier women’s sporting events in the nation featuring numerous top 25 teams. We look forward to rolling out the red carpet for the athletes, staff and fans of these great institutions.”