Pairings Announced for 2015 American Women’s Basketball Championship

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – UConn earned the American regular-season title and clinched the No. 1 seed in the 2014 American Women’s Basketball Championship, to be held March 6-9 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. All 11 league teams will compete for the championship title and the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The tournament field is based on regular-season league records. The highest five seeds earned byes into the quarterfinals on March 7.

No. 1 UConn (29-1, 18-0 American) clinched the conference regular-season title outright with a win over Memphis on Saturday. The Huskies will open tournament play at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday versus the winner of No. 9 Cincinnati and No. 8 UCF.

No. 2 USF (24-6, 15-3 American) opens tournament play at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday versus the winner of No. 10 SMU and No. 7 Memphis. The Bulls dropped their regular-season finale to UConn on Monday at the Sun Dome.

No. 3 Tulsa (17-12, 12-6 American) defeated Cincinnati, 71-58, on Monday to clinch the tournament’s third seed. The Hurricane is 8-2 over their last 10 games and will open tournament play on Saturday at 8 p.m. vs. the winner of No. 6 Tulane and No. 11 Houston.

No. 4 Temple (16-15, 12-6 American) won its regular-season finale over Houston, 56-45, and will face No. 5 East Carolina in the tournament quarterfinals at Noon eastern on Saturday.

No. 5 East Carolina (20-9, 11-7 American) clinched a quarterfinals bye with a 10-point win over UCF on Monday. The Pirates will face No. 4 Temple on Saturday at Noon ET.

No. 6 Tulane (20-9, 11-7 American) wrapped up regular season action on Saturday with a three-point loss at Tulsa. The Green Wave earned the sixth spot at the conference championship and open tournament play on Friday at 8 p.m. eastern vs. No. 11 Houston.

No. 7 Memphis (13-16, 7-11 American) will face No. 10 SMU in the first round of the conference championship on Friday at 6 p.m. ET. The Tigers will face the Mustangs for the second consecutive time after dropping their regular season finale to SMU on Monday.

No. 8 UCF (9-20, 5-13 American) will take on No. 9 Cincinnati in the first-round of the conference championship on Friday at 4 p.m. ET. The Knights dropped a 10-point contest to East Carolina on Monday.

No. 9 Cincinnati (7-22, 4-14 American) takes on No. 8 UCF in the first-round of the conference championship. Game time is slated for 4 p.m. eastern. The Bearcats fell to Tulsa, 71-58, in their final game of the season on Monday.

No. 10 SMU (7-22, 3-15 American) defeated Memphis, 60-53, on Monday and earned the championship’s 10th seed. The Mustangs will take on the seventh-seeded Tigers on Friday at 6 p.m. ET.

No. 11 Houston (6-23, 1-17 American) opens tournament play at 8 p.m. ET on Friday versus sixth-seeded Tulane. The Cougars fell in their regular-season finale to Temple on Monday.

Package and single-session tickets are still available for the conference championship. To order tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. In addition, tickets can be purchased online by logging on to the Mohegan Sun Arena website at www.mohegansun.com or the Ticketmaster website at www.ticketmaster.com.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office. Box office hours are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. All ticket purchases are subject to additional convenience fees.

Fans can watch the entire tournament on the ESPN family of networks. The first round and quarterfinal games on March 6 and 7, respectively, will be carried live on ESPN3. The semifinals on March 8 will be televised on ESPNU while the championship game on March 9 will air on ESPN.

For more information on the American Women’s Basketball Championship, please visit championship central at www.theamerican.org/wbb.

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