Tuesday, October 4, 2011

U of M women move into renovated facilities

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It was three years ago that University of Memphis women's basketball player Brittany Carter first heard about the renovations that were scheduled to take place at Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

But those renovations -- complete with brand new locker rooms for the women's basketball and volleyball teams, a players lounge area and a team meeting room -- took longer than expected.

"I was like, I hope it gets done before I leave," Carter said.

As Carter, now a senior, heads to the Tigers' first practice for the upcoming 2011-12 season today, Phase 1 of the fieldhouse renovations are complete, a year later than what was originally hoped for. The final cost was about $1 million, said associate AD for compliance/senior women's administrator Lynn Parkes.

"We're very grateful that the university and the athletic department made that kind of commitment to our women's programs -- volleyball and basketball," Parkes said. "We continue to progress and hope to see the university reap the benefits of their investments in the programs."

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