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Green Bay Set to Take Part in Cancun Challenge Next Season

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: May 10, 2017

FORT COLLINS, Colo.  – Offering teams and fans a unique and memorable basketball experience, tournament officials at the Women's Cancun Challenge are pleased to announce the field of NCAA D-I women's programs heading to Mexico in 2017.

The 13th edition of the women's event includes long-respected powers from major conferences and a mix of mid-major teams looking to flex their muscle. The Cancun Challenge will be held Nov. 23-25 at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula.

In the Riviera Division, it will be Indiana State, Marquette, Montana, Oklahoma State, South Dakota and Tennessee; the Mayan Division will feature Arizona State, Columbia, Green Bay and Mississippi State, which broke UConn's 111-game winning streak in March and reached the NCAA championship game.

This will be the fourth visit to the Cancun Challenge for Arizona State (2005, 2007, 2013) and Montana (2008, 2010, 2014). Mississippi State (2005, 2007) will be on hand for the third time, and it's the second trip for Green Bay (2012) and Marquette (2009). Six of the teams (Arizona State, Green Bay, Marquette, Mississippi State, South Dakota, Tennessee) had 20 or more victories in the 2016-17 season.

Green Bay's lone visit to the Cancun Challenge was in the 2012-13 season where the Phoenix went 2-1 with double-digit victories over Missouri and Richmond and fell in overtime to James Madison, 89-86.

“We are thrilled to be able to showcase such a great group of teams at the Cancun Challenge,” said Renee Carlson, executive director of the event. “Returning teams and first-time teams alike will find a competitive experience that also promotes team bonding, recruiting opportunities, a Mayan cultural view, and a team/fan relationship like no other.”

The Cancun Challenge is one of the premier basketball events held each year and was rated as a top-five preseason tournament by Sports Illustrated in 2014.  Teams stay and play at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. The resort's convention center ballroom is converted into an arena, which provides fans a special close-up view of the games.  Once arriving to the hotel, teams and fans are treated to a spectacular all-inclusive rock star vacation with games, practices, unlimited dining and drinks, world-class entertainment and fun all in one location.

Located just off the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya offers the ultimate vacation for guests of all ages with both the adults-only and family friendly resort experiences. With a combined 1,264 ultra-posh and lavishly appointed guestrooms boasting balcony, terrace views or new, expansive sky terrace options with picturesque views, hydro tubs in each room, world-class shopping and endless style, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is nothing short of the ultimate crowd-pleaser.  Complete with expansive outdoor pools and private beach, this all-inclusive escape offers nine world-class restaurants, eight bars and lounges, in addition to 88,915 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space ideal for elegant banquets, themed parties, weddings, concerts, and more.

All games are ET and played in the modified convention center at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Home team is listed second:

Thursday, Nov. 23
Mayan Tournament
Green Bay vs. Columbia, 11 a.m. ET
Arizona State vs. Mississippi State, 1:30 p.m. ET

Riviera Tournament
South Dakota vs. Oklahoma State, 4 p.m. ET
Tennessee vs. Marquette, 6:30 p.m. ET
Montana vs. Indiana State, 9 p.m. ET

Friday, Nov. 24
Mayan Tournament
Mississippi State vs. Columbia, 11 a.m. ET
Arizona State vs. Green Bay, 1:30 p.m. ET

Riviera Tournament
Oklahoma State vs. Tennessee, 4 p.m. ET
Indiana State vs. South Dakota, 6:30 p.m. ET
Marquette vs. Montana, 9 p.m. ET

Saturday, Nov. 25
Mayan Tournament
Green Bay vs. Mississippi State, 11 a.m. ET
Columbia vs. Arizona State, 1:30 p.m. ET

Riviera Tournament
Tennessee vs. South Dakota, 4 p.m. ET

Seating is limited for this exclusive event, and all fans should book land travel packages through Triple Crown Sports for admission into games in Mexico.  Travel packages are the only way to guarantee admission to games at this time.  For travel package information, contact Sarah Sullivan at 970-672-0533 or by email at, or visit the website at


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