March 1, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane women's basketball team will be the sixth seed at the 2009 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship, and will open play Thursday at home as the tournament's host. Tulane (17-13 overall, 9-7 C-USA) will take on 11-seeded Tulsa at 5:30 p.m. at Fogelman Arena. Action gets underway at noon Thursday with 8-seeded East Carolina vs 9-seed UAB.
The Green Wave wrapped the regular season with a 64-56 win over Tulsa on Saturday, setting up a rematch on Thursday. Tulane swept the season series, scoring a 78-41 win at Fogelman Arena on January 24.
The winner of Tulane-Tulsa will take on third-seeded Southern Miss on Friday.
With its second-best scorer and rebounder on the bench, SMU picked up two critically important Conference USA wins during the final days of regular season play. The victories helped the Mustangs clinch the No. 1 seed. With a league-best record of 12-4, the Mustangs also received a first-round bye and will await the winner of No. 8 seed East Carolina (17-12, 8-8 C-USA) and No. 9 seed UAB (10-18, 5-11 C-USA).
The Lady Pirates and the Blazers tip off tournament action on Thursday at Noon. Following the No. 8-9 game is No. 5 seed UCF (12-16, 11-5 C-USA) and No. 12 seed Rice (7-22, 2-14 C-USA) at 2:30 p.m. The Knights have gone from being the No. 12 seed a year ago to finishing in a four-way tie for second in the league standings with UTEP, Houston and Southern Miss this season. UCF was edged out by Houston (19-9, 11-5 C-USA) for the No. 4 seed due to the league's tie-breakers, which came down to head-to-head results. Houston defeated UCF, 80-65, earlier this season.
The winner of UCF-Rice advances to face fourth-seeded Houston on Friday.
Wrapping up opening day action will be No. 7 seed Marshall (15-14, 8-8 C-USA) and No. 10 seed Memphis (12-17, 5-11 C-USA) at 8 p.m. The Thundering Herd has won three of its last four games, while four of Memphis' five C-USA wins came on the road. Under first-year head coach Melissa McFerrin, the Lady Tigers enter tournament action riding a 77-74 overtime win over a tough Southern Miss team.
The winner of Marshall and Memphis will face one of the hottest clubs entering tournament play in No. 2 seed UTEP (18-11, 11-5 C-USA) at 8 p.m. on Friday March 8. The Miners have won six of their last seven games.
Saturday's semifinals will begin at 2 and 4:30, and air live on CBS College Sports, with Sunday's 2:30 final on ESPN2. The winner of the 2009 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship will earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Green Wave are hosting the C-USA Women's Basketball Championship for the second time in school history. Tulane's 1998-99 team won the 1999 C-USA championship at Fogelman Arena by winning three games in three days to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Tickets for the 2009 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship are available at the Tulane Ticket Office by calling 504-861-WAVE, or visiting TulaneGreenWave.com and through your local C-USA institution box office. For additional women's basketball championship information, visit conferenceusa.com.
2009 C-USA CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
FIRST ROUNDS - THURSDAY, MARCH 5
Game 1: (8) East Carolina vs. (9) UAB, 12 p.m.
Game 2: (5) UCF vs. (12) Rice, 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: (6) Tulane vs. (11) Tulsa, 5:30 p.m.
Game 4: (7) Marshall vs. (10) Memphis, 8 p.m.
QUARTERFINALS - FRIDAY, MARCH 6
Game 5: winner G1 vs. (1) SMU, 12 p.m.
Game 6: winner G2 vs. (4) Houston, 2:30 p.m.
Game 7: winner G3 vs. (3) Southern Miss, 5:30 p.m.
Game 8: winner G4 vs. (2) UTEP, 8 p.m.
SEMIFINALS - SATURDAY, MARCH 7
Game 9: Game 9 - winner of game 5 & 6 (CBS C), 2:00 p.m.
Game 10: Game 10 - winner of game 7 & 8 (CBS C), 4:30 p.m.
CHAMPIONSHIP - SUNDAY, MARCH 8
Game 11: Game 11 - winner of game 9 & 10 (ESPN2), 2:30 p.m.
All times Central.
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET PRICES ARE:
All Sessions: Adult $50; Youth $40
Single Session: Adult $10; Youth $7
Below is a chart listing Conference USA's regular season and tournament winners in the league's 13 years.
Year / Tournament / Regular Season Champ
2009 / TBD / SMU
2008 / SMU / UTEP
2007 / East Carolina / Tulane
2006 / Tulsa / Tulsa
2005 / TCU / DePaul
2004 / Houston / Houston
2003 / TCU / Charlotte
2002 / Cincinnati / TCU
2001 / Tulane / Louisville
2000 / Tulane / Marquette
1999 / Tulane / Cincinnati, Louisville, Marquette, Tulane
1998 / Memphis / Memphis
1997 / Tulane / Tulane, Louisville, Memphis
1996 / Memphis / DePaul