PROVIDENCE, R.I. — UConn earned the inaugural American regular-season title and clinched the No. 1 seed in the 2014 American Women's Basketball Championship, to be held March 7-10 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. All 10 league teams will compete for the championship title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The tournament field is based on regular-season league records. The highest six seeds earned byes into the quarterfinals on March 8.
No. 1 UConn (31-0, 18-0 American) clinched the conference regular-season title outright with a 68-48 win over Louisville on Monday. The Huskies will open tournament play at 2 p.m. Saturday vs. the winner of No. 9 UCF and No. 8 Cincinnati.
No. 2 Louisville (28-3, 16-2 American) opens tournament play at 6 p.m. on Saturday vs. the winner of No. 10 Houston and No. 7 Memphis. The Cardinals dropped their regular-season finale to UConn in front of a record crowd of 22,163 at the KFC Yum! Center.
No. 3 USF (18-11, 13-5 American) defeated Rutgers, 60-51, on Monday to clinch the tournament's third seed. The Bulls are 8-2 over their past 10 games and will open tournament play on Saturday at 8 p.m. vs. No. 6 Temple/SMU.
No. 4 Rutgers (21-8, 12-6 American) dropped its regular-season finale to USF, 60-51, and will face either Temple or SMU in the tournament quarterfinals at Noon eastern on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights are 2-3 over their past five games.
Temple (14-15, 8-10 American) and SMU (16-12, 7-10 American) have clinched quarterfinal byes at the conference tournament. The two teams will enter the tournament at the No 5/6 spots with the exact seeding to be determined Tuesday afternoon after the UCF-SMU game.
No. 7 Memphis (13-17, 6-12 American) clinched the seventh spot at the conference championship with a 53-47 win over Cincinnati on Monday. The Tigers open tournament play on Friday at 8 p.m. vs. No. 10 Houston.
No. 8 Cincinnati (12-17, 5-13 American) will face No. 9 UCF in the first round of the conference tournament on Friday at 6 p.m. The Bearcats dropped their final home game of the season to Memphis and are 2-3 over their past five games.
No. 9 UCF (10-18, 3-14 American) wraps up its regular-season on Tuesday with a road game at SMU. The Knights will face off with No. 8 Cincinnati in the first-round of the conference tournament on Friday (6 p.m.
No. 10 Houston (5-24, 1-17 American) takes on No. 7 Memphis in the first-round of the conference championship. Game time is slated for 8 p.m.
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 mohegansun.com or the Ticketmaster website at ticketmaster.com.
Tickets also can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily.
The entire tournament will be televised on the ESPN family of networks. The first round and quarterfinal games on March 7 and 8, respectively, will be broadcast live on ESPN3. The semifinals on March 9 will be televised on ESPNU, while championship game on March 10 will air on ESPN.
For more information on the American Women's Basketball Championship, please visit championship central at theamerican.org/wbb.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun