2015 WAC Women's Basketball Tournament

The 2015 WAC Women's Basketball Tournament was held in March 11–14, 2015 at the Orleans Arena in Paradise, Nevada.[1] This was the fourth consecutive year the WAC Tournament took place in Vegas.

2015 Western Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
ClassificationDivision I
Season201415
Teams7
SiteOrleans Arena
Paradise, Nevada
ChampionsNew Mexico State
MVPBrianna Freeman (New Mexico State)
Attendance2,624
TelevisionESPNU
WAC Digital
2014–15 WAC women's basketball standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
New Mexico State131 .929  228  .733
Cal State Bakersfield113 .786  239  .719
Texas-Pan American95 .643  1915  .559
Grand Canyon*77 .500  1314  .481
Seattle U68 .429  1021  .323
Utah Valley59 .357  1119  .367
UMKC410 .286  624  .200
Chicago State113 .071  425  .138
2015 WAC Tournament winner
As of 21 March 2015 (UTC)
* Grand Canyon ineligible for WAC Basketball Tournament as part of reclassification from Division II; Rankings from AP Poll

Format

Grand Canyon did not compete in the 2015 women's basketball tournament. As a D2 to D1 transitioning school, they were ineligible to compete in the NCAA tournament until the 2018 season, so they could not win the conference tournament since the winner received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. However Grand Canyon was eligible to win the regular season title and is eligible to compete in the WNIT or WBI should they be invited.[2]
Since Idaho left the WAC at the start of the year, 7 teams competed in the 2015 tournament in a traditional single-elimination style tournament. 1 had a bye in the first round 8, 2 played 7, 3 played 6, and 4 played 5 on Wednesday, March 11. The winners met in the semifinals on Friday, March 13. The championship was held on Saturday, March 14.

Seeds

2014 WAC Women's Basketball Tournament seeds
Seed School Conference Record Overall Record
(End of Regular Season)
Tiebreaker
1. New Mexico State 13-1 20-7
2. Cal State Bakersfield 11-3 22-7
3. UT Pan American 9-5 17-13
4. Grand Canyon 7-7 13-14 Since Grand Canyon can't qualify for the WAC Tourney, teams 5-8 will be seeded 4-7.
5. Seattle U 6-8 9-20
6. Utah Valley 5-9 11-18
7. UMKC 4-10 6-23
8. Chicago State 1-13 4-24

Schedule

Session Game Time* Matchup#
Quarterfinals – Wednesday, March 11
1
1
2:00 PM
#4 Seattle vs. #5 Utah Valley
2
4:30 PM
#2 Cal State Bakersfield vs. #7 Chicago State
2
3
7:00 PM
#3 UT Pan American vs. #6 UMKC
Semifinals – Friday, March 13
3
4
12:00 PM
#1 New Mexico State vs. #4 Seattle
5
2:30 PM
#2 Cal State Bakersfield vs. #3 UT Pan American
Championship Game – Saturday, March 14
4
6
1:00 PM
#1 New Mexico State vs. #3 UT Pan American
*Game Times in PT. #-Rankings denote tournament seeding.

Bracket

Quarterfinals
Wednesday, March 11
Semifinals
Friday, March 13
Championship
Saturday, March 14
         
1 New Mexico State BYE
 
1 New Mexico State 79
4 Seattle U 75OT
4 Seattle U 64
5 Utah Valley 62
1 New Mexico State 70
3 UT Pan American 52
2 Cal State Bakersfield 77
7 Chicago State 53
2 Cal State Bakersfield 70
3 UT Pan American 76
3 UT Pan American 61
6 UMKC 50

Game Summaries

Seattle U vs. Utah Valley

Broadcasters: Mychal Clanton, Steven Hunter, & Evyn Murray

WAC Digital
Mar 11
2 p.m. PDT
Utah Valley Wolverines 62, Seattle U Redhawks 64
Scoring by half: 27-24, 35-40
Pts: Rhai Spooner-Knight 14
Rebs: Sam Loogins 11
Asts: Georgia Agnew 6
Pts: Taelor Ross 22
Rebs: Taelor Ross 14
Asts: Jazmine Johnson 6
Orleans Arena
Paradise, NV
Attendance: 657[3]
Referees: Lisa Jones, Jack Jones, Brenda Pantoja

Cal State Bakersfield vs. Chicago State

Broadcasters: Mychal Clanton, Steven Hunter, & Evyn Murray

WAC Digital
Mar 11
4:30 p.m. PDT
Chicago State Cougars 53, Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners 77
Scoring by half: 23-40, 30-37
Pts: Paris Williams 21
Rebs: Layne Murphy 10
Asts: Sarah Amalou 3
Pts: Tyonna Outland 17
Rebs: Batabe Zempare 10
Asts: Tyonna Outland 6
Orleans Arena
Paradise, NV
Attendance: 657[4]
Referees: Penny Davis, Carla Fujimoto, Peter Contreras

UT Pan American vs. UMKC

Broadcasters: Mychal Clanton, Steven Hunter, & Evyn Murray

WAC Digital
Mar 11
8 p.m. PDT
UMKC Kangaroos 50, UT Pan American Broncs 61
Scoring by half: 27-26, 23-35
Pts: Calli White 12
Rebs: Kiana Law 8
Asts: Sierra Bone 3
Pts: Shawnte' Goff & Brittany Bush 17
Rebs: Brittany Bush 7
Asts: T'Ondria Nolen 4
Orleans Arena
Paradise, NV
Attendance: 657[5]
Referees: Melissa Barlow, Kent Johnson, Julie Krommenhoek

New Mexico State vs. Seattle U

Broadcasters: Mychal Clanton, Steven Hunter, & Evyn Murray

WAC Digital
Mar 13
12 p.m. PDT
Seattle Redhawks 75, New Mexico State Aggies 79 (OT)
Scoring by half: 35-30, 32-37 Overtime: 8-12
Pts: Crystal Allen & Taelor Ross 21
Rebs: Taelor Ross 17
Asts: Kaylee Best 6
Pts: Sasha Weber 22
Rebs: Brianna Freeman 16
Asts: Shanice Davis 5
Orleans Arena
Paradise, NV
Attendance: [6]
Referees: Julie Krommenhoek, Kent Johnson, Peter Contreras

Cal State Bakersfield vs. UT Pan American

Broadcasters: Mychal Clanton, Steven Hunter, & Evyn Murray

WAC Digital
Mar 13
2:30 p.m. PDT
UT Pan American Broncs 76, Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners 70
Scoring by half: 43-41, 33-29
Pts: Shawnte' Goff 14
Rebs: Shawnte' Goff 11
Asts: Rickell Preston 6
Pts: Tyonna Outland 24
Rebs: Tyonna Outland 12
Asts: Tyonna Outland 5
Orleans Arena
Paradise, NV
Attendance: [7]
Referees: Brenda Pantoja, Jack Jones, Ify Seales

Championship: New Mexico State vs. UT Pan American

Broadcasters: Steve Quis & Katie Smith

Mar 14
1 p.m. PDT
UT Pan American Broncs 52, New Mexico State Aggies 70
Scoring by half: 27-25, 46-24
Pts: Cha'zaye Wright 15
Rebs: Bush; Wright 8
Asts: Preston; Wright 2
Pts: Sasha Weber 20
Rebs: Freeman; Mack 9
Asts: Moriah Mack 4
Orleans Arena
Paradise, NV
Attendance: 888[8]
Referees: Melissa Barlow; Lisa Jones; Julie Krommenhoek

Awards and honors

Source: [9]
Tournament MVP: Brianna Freeman – New Mexico State

All-Tournament Teams:

  • Brianna Freeman – New Mexico State
  • Shawnte' Goff – Texas–Pan American
  • Tyonna Outland – CSU–Bakersfield
  • Taelor Ross – Seattle
  • Sasha Weber – New Mexico State

See also

References

  1. "WAC basketball tournaments will be held in Las Vegas". The Monitor. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  2. "Grand Canyon joins Western Athletic Conference". AZCentral Sports. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  3. "Seattle U vs. Utah Valley". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved 2015-03-11.
  4. "Cal State Bakersfield vs. Chicago State". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved 2015-03-11.
  5. "UT Pan American vs. UMKC". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved 2015-03-11.
  6. "Seattle U vs. New Mexico State". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  7. "UT Pan American vs. Cal State Bakersfield". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  8. "Box Score (Final): 2014-15 WAC Women's Basketball – Texas-Pan American vs New Mexico State". Western Athletic Conference. March 14, 2015. Archived from the original on March 16, 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
  9. "2015 WAC Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament". Western Athletic Conference. Archived from the original on March 16, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
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