2016 Southland Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
The 2016 Southland Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, a part of the 2015–16 NCAA Division I women's basketball season, will take place March 10–13, 2016 at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The winner of the tournament will receive the Southland Conference's automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
|2016 Southland Conference Women's Basketball Tournament|
|Champions||Central Arkansas (1st title)|
|Winning coach||Sandra Rushing (1st title)|
|MVP||Angela Beadle (Sam Houston State)|
|2015–16 Southland Conference women's basketball standings|
|Central Arkansas †||16||–||2||.889||28||–||4||.875|
|Stephen F. Austin||12||–||6||.667||18||–||12||.600|
|Sam Houston State||7||–||11||.389||14||–||18||.438|
|† 2016 Southland Tournament winner |
As of March 18, 2016
*ineligible for postseason play due to Div. I transition; Rankings from AP Poll
Seeds and regular season standings
Only the Top 8 teams advance to the Southland Conference Tournament. If a team ineligible for the NCAA Tourney should finish in the top 8, their seed will fall to the next eligible team. Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word are ineligible for post-season play as they are in the third year of a 4-year transition from D2 to D1. They won't be eligible for the Southland tourney until 2018. This chart shows all the teams records and standings and explains why teams advanced to the conference tourney or finished in certain tiebreaking positions.
|2015 Southland Conference Women's Basketball Tournament seeds|
|Seed||School||Conference record||Overall record
(end of regular season)
|1.||Abilene Christian ‡*||17–1||26–3||D1 transitioning, ineligible for NCAA Tourney|
|2.||Central Arkansas *||16–2||26–3|
|3.||Northwestern State #||13–5||19–10|
|4.||Stephen F. Austin #||12–6||18–12|
|8.||Sam Houston State||7–11||16–12||2–0 vs. Lamar|
|9.||Lamar||7–11||11–18||0–2 vs. Sam Houston State|
|10.||Texas A&M–Corpus Christi||6–12||9–20|
|12.||Incarnate Word||3–15||6–23||1–0 vs. Southeast Louisiana, D1 transitioning, ineligible for NCAA Tourney|
|13.||Southeast Louisiana||3–15||4–25||0–1 vs. Incarnate Word|
|‡ – Southland Conference regular season champions.|
* – Will receive a first-round and second-round bye in the conference tournament.
# – Will receive a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
Overall record are as of the end of the regular season.
|First round – Thursday, March 10|
|1||1||11:00 am||#5 Houston Baptist vs. #8 Lamar||SLC Digital|
|2||1:30 pm||#6 Nicholls State vs. #7 Sam Houston State|
|Quarterfinals – Friday, March 11|
|2||3||11:00 am||#4 McNeese State vs. #8 Lamar||SLC Digital|
|4||1:30 pm||#3 Stephen F. Austin vs. #7 Sam Houston State|
|Semifinals – Saturday, March 12|
|3||5||1:00 pm||#1 Central Arkansas vs. #4 McNeese State||ESPN3|
|6||3:30 pm||#2 Northwestern State vs. #7 Sam Houston State|
|Championship – Sunday, March 13|
|4||7||11:30 am||#1 Central Arkansas vs #7 Sam Houston State||CBSSN|
|*Game times in CST. #-Rankings denote tournament seeding.|
Thursday, March 10
Friday, March 12
Saturday, March 13
|Championship Game |
Sunday, March 14
|7||Sam Houston State||62|
|7||Sam Houston State||78|
|3||Stephen F. Austin||70|
|7||Sam Houston State||73||7||Sam Houston State||78|
- Richards, Joey (August 20, 2012). "Abilene Christian offered Southland Conference/ Division I membership". Abilene Reporter.
- "Incarnate Word to join Southland during transition to D1". NCAA.com. 20 August 2012. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
- "2016 Southland Conference Women's Basketball Tournament" (PDF). Southland Conference. Retrieved March 11, 2016.