2016 American Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament

The 2016 American Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament was a tournament held between March 4–7, 2016 in the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Connecticut won their third straight American Athletic Conference title by defeating South Florida and earn an automatic trip to the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.

2016 American Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
Tournament Logo
ClassificationDivision I
Season201516
Teams11
SiteMohegan Sun Arena
Uncasville, Connecticut
ChampionsConnecticut (3rd title)
Winning coachGeno Auriemma (3rd title)
MVPBreanna Stewart (Connecticut)
Attendance30,478
TelevisionESPNU, ESPN2, ESPN3
2015–16 American Athletic Conference women's basketball standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
#1 UConn180 1.000  380  1.000
#21 South Florida144 .778  2410  .706
Temple135 .722  2312  .657
Memphis126 .667  1813  .581
Tulane117 .611  2312  .657
Tulsa810 .444  1219  .387
SMU711 .389  1318  .419
East Carolina612 .333  1319  .406
Cincinnati414 .222  822  .267
UCF414 .222  723  .233
Houston216 .111  624  .200
American Tournament winner
As of April 5, 2016; Rankings from AP Poll

Seeds

All the teams in the American Athletic Conference qualified for the tournament. Teams were seeded based on conference record, and then a tiebreaker system was used. Teams seeded 6–11 played in the opening round, and teams seeded 1–5 received a bye to the quarterfinals.

Seed School Conference Overall Tiebreaker
1 Connecticut ‡ 18–0 29–0
2 South Florida # 14–4 21–8
3 Temple # 13–5 19–10
4 Memphis # 12–6 18–11
5 Tulane # 11–7 20–10
6 Tulsa 8–10 11–18
7 SMU 7–11 12–17
8 East Carolina 6–12 12–18
9 Cincinnati 4–14 8–21 0–1 vs. Tulane
10 UCF 4–14 7–22 0–2 vs. Tulane
11 Houston 2–16 6–23
‡ – American Athletic Conference regular season champions.
# – Received a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
Overall record are as of the end of the regular season.

Schedule

All tournament games are nationally televised on an ESPN network:

Session Game Time* Matchup# Television Attendance
First Round – Friday, March 4
1
1
4:00 PM
#8 East Carolina vs. #9 Cincinnati
ESPN3
4,480
2
6:00 PM
#7 SMU vs. #10 UCF
3
8:00 PM
#6 Tulsa vs. #11 Houston
Quarterfinals – Saturday, March 5
2
4
12:00 PM
#4 Memphis vs. #5 Tulane
ESPN3
7,033
5
2:00 PM
#1 Connecticut vs. #8 East Carolina
3
6
6:00 PM
#2 South Florida vs. #7 SMU
5,071
7
8:00 PM
#3 Temple vs. #6 Tulsa
Semifinals – Sunday, March 6
4
8
4:30 PM
#5 Tulane vs. #1 Connecticut
ESPNU
6,821
9
6:30 PM
#2 South Florida vs. #3 Temple
Championship Game – Monday, March 7
5
10
7:00 PM
#1 Connecticut vs. #2 South Florida
ESPN2
7,073
*Game Times in EST. #-Rankings denote tournament seeding.

Bracket

[1]

  First Round
Friday, March 4
Quarterfinals
Saturday, March 5
Semifinals
Sunday, March 6
Championship Game
Monday, March 7
                                     
       
  1 Connecticut 92  
    8 East Carolina 51  
8 East Carolina 70
9 Cincinnati 61  
  1 Connecticut 82  
  5 Tulane 35  
       
       
  4 Memphis 64
    5 Tulane 70  
     
       
  1 Connecticut 77
  2 South Florida 51
       
       
  2 South Florida 73
    7 SMU 60  
7 SMU 83*
10 UCF 74  
  2 South Florida 64
  3 Temple 46  
       
       
  3 Temple 78
    6 Tulsa 52  
6 Tulsa 76
11 Houston 38  

Note: * denotes overtime

See also

References

  1. "2016 American Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Bracket" (PDF). TheAmerican.org. SideArmSports. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
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