2017 Southland Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
The 2017 Southland Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, a part of the 2016–17 NCAA Division I women's basketball season, took place March 9–12, 2017 at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The winner of the tournament, the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears, received the Southland Conference's automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
|2017 Southland Conference Women's Basketball Tournament|
|Champions||Central Arkansas (2nd title)|
|Winning coach||Sandra Rushing (2nd title)|
|MVP||Maggie Proffitt (Central Arkansas)|
|2016–17 Southland Conference women's basketball standings|
|Stephen F. Austin||14||–||4||.778||25||–||8||.758|
|Sam Houston State||3||–||15||.167||3||–||25||.107|
|† 2017 Southland Tournament winner |
As of March 20, 2017
*ineligible for conference and NCAA tournament postseason play due to Div. I transition; Rankings from AP Poll
Seeds and regular season standings
Only the Top 8 teams advanced to the Southland Conference Tournament. The co-regular season champion Abilene Christian Wildcats were ineligible for the NCAA Tourney. Their seed fell to the next eligible team. Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word were ineligible for post-season play as they were in the final year of a 4-year transition from D2 to D1. They will be eligible for the Southland tourney in 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.
|2017 Southland Conference Women's Basketball Tournament seeds|
|Seed||School||Conference record||Overall record
(end of regular season)
|3.||Stephen F. Austin||14–4||23–6|
|5.||Texas A&M-CC||8-10||12-17||1-0 vs. McNeese State|
|6.||McNeese State||8-10||13–16||0-1 vs. TXAMCC|
|7.||Northwestern State||7-11||13-16||2-0 vs. Nicholls State/Incarnate Word|
|8.||Nicholls State||7-11||10-19||Incarnate Word still in-eligible|
|‡ – Southland Conference regular season champions.|
* – Received a first-round and second-round bye in the conference tournament.
# – Received a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
Overall record are as of the end of the regular season.
|First round – Thursday, March 9|
|1||1||11:00 am||#5 Texas A&M-CC vs. #8 Nicholls State||ESPN3|
|2||1:30 pm||#6 McNeese State vs. #7 Northwestern State|
|Quarterfinals – Friday, March 10|
|2||3||11:00 am||#4 New Orleans vs. #5 Texas A&M-CC||ESPN3|
|4||1:30 pm||#3 Stephen F. Austin vs. #6 McNeese State|
|Semifinals – Saturday, March 11|
|3||5||1:00 pm||#1 Central Arkansas vs. #5 Texas A&M CC||ESPN3|
|6||3:30 pm||#2 Lamar vs. #3 SFA|
|Championship – Sunday, March 12|
|4||7||12:00 pm||#1 Central Arkansas vs. #3 SFA||CBSSN|
|*Game times in CST. #-Rankings denote tournament seeding.|
|Northwestern State 46, Texas A&M-CC 57|
|Scoring by half: 20–16, 26–41|
|Pts: C. Brown; B. Attura: 16
Rebs: S. Abboud: 5
Asts: 3 players: 2
|Pts: D. Booth: 14|
Rebs: C. Davis: 11
Asts: B. Mbamalu; C. Davis: 4
Referees: Robert Strong, Marlin Ramsey, Chaney Muench
|Nicholls 58, McNeese State 79|
|Scoring by half: 21–37, 35–44|
|Pts: C. Barrios: 17
Rebs: E. White; T. Morrison: 5
Asts: T. Morrison: 2
|Pts: F. Haywood: 14|
Rebs: F. Haywood: 19
Asts: F. Haywood; C. Davis: 3
Referees: Travis Jones, Darren McClure, Jennifer White
|Texas A&M-CC 88, New Orleans 77|
|Scoring by half: 42–46, 28–49|
|Pts: K. Jones: 26
Rebs: C. Davis: 11
Asts: Three Players: 2
|Pts: R. Brown: 21|
Rebs: S. Woods: 8
Asts: D. Wright: 5
Referees: Travis Jones, Kelly Johnson, Darren McClure
|Texas A&M-CC 44, Central Arkansas 62|
|Scoring by half: 20–24, 29–33|
|Pts: K. Jones: 13
Rebs: U. Jolivette; B. Mbamalu: 5
Asts: Six Players: 1
|Pts: M. Proffitt: 21|
Rebs: T. Baudoin: 13
Asts: B. Mullins: 6
Referees: Travis Jones, D'Lynn Schertz, Darren McClure
Awards and honors
Tournament MVP: Maggie Proffitt, Central Arkansas
- Maggie Proffitt, Central Arkansas
- Stevi Parker, Stephen F. Austin
- Taylor Baudoin, Central Arkansas
- Taylor Ross, Stephen F. Austin
- Kassie Jones, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
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