Chattanooga in picture again for SEC women's tournament

photo Tennessee center Isabelle Harrison, left, talks with Tennessee coach Holly Warlick during the celebration of their win over Kentucky in the finals of the Women's Southeastern Conference tournament.

Absence apparently has made the heart grow fonder when it comes to Southeastern Conference women's basketball and Chattanooga.

SEC assistant commissioner Leslie Claybrook, who oversees the women's basketball tournament, has held discussions with Chattanooga Sports Committee president Tim Morgan and UTC athletic director David Blackburn about the tournament's return to McKenzie Arena. Chattanooga hosted seven of the eight SEC tournaments from 1993 to 2000, providing a total economic impact of $10.91 million according to Sports Committee figures.

The earliest McKenzie could be available again for the SEC women would be 2017.