CIAA hoping to expand, add to growing success

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The CIAA tournament has experienced unprecedented growth over the past decade and interim Commissioner Peggy Davis has no plans to let that momentum slip.

Her goal is to build a stronger CIAA.

This week the conference comprised mostly of historically black colleges and universities celebrates its 100th year anniversary when its signature events -- the men's and women's basketball tournaments -- descend on Charlotte. Games begin Tuesday.

Davis says the conference's goals include possible expansion, increasing the scholarship money given back to the existing schools and continuing to build on the growth the CIAA tournament has enjoyed since coming to Charlotte.

The CIAA tournament drew 190,000 fans and had a $44.3 million economic impact on the city, which is more than the ACC and Big Ten tournaments combined in 2011.