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
ClassificationDivision I
Season201617
Teams8
SiteMerrell Center
Katy, Texas
ChampionsCentral Arkansas (2nd title)
Winning coachSandra Rushing (2nd title)
MVPMaggie Proffitt (Central Arkansas)
TelevisionESPN3/CBSSN
2016–17 Southland Conference women's basketball standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
Central Arkansas162 .889  265  .839
Abilene Christian*162 .889  239  .719
Lamar153 .833  228  .733
Stephen F. Austin144 .778  258  .758
New Orleans99 .500  1415  .483
McNeese State810 .444  1417  .452
Texas A&M-CC810 .444  1418  .438
Northwestern State711 .389  1317  .433
Nicholls State711 .389  1020  .333
Incarnate Word*711 .389  920  .310
Houston Baptist414 .222  622  .214
SE Louisiana315 .167  524  .172
Sam Houston State315 .167  325  .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.[1][2] 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)
Tiebreaker
1. Central Arkansas 16-2 24–4
2. Lamar 15-3 22-6
3. Stephen F. Austin 14–4 23–6
4. New Orleans 9-9 14-14
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.

Schedule

Source:

Session Game Time* Matchup# Television
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.

Bracket

First Round
Thursday, March 9
ESPN3[3]
Quarterfinals
Friday, March 10
ESPN3[4]
Semifinals
Saturday, March 11
ESPN3[5]
Championship Game
Sunday, March 12
CBSSN[6]
     
             
             
          1 Central Arkansas 62  
          5 Texas A&M CC 44  
        4 New Orleans 77  
5 Texas A&M-CC 57     5 Texas A&M-CC 88  
8 Northwestern State 46       1 Central Arkansas 60
          3 Stephen F Austin 35
             
             
          2 Lamar 48  
          3 Stephen F. Austin 62  
        3 Stephen F. Austin 77      
7 Nicholls 58     6 McNeese State 63      
6 McNeese State 79  

First round

ESPN3
March 9
11:00 am
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
Merrell Center
Katy, TX
Referees: Robert Strong, Marlin Ramsey, Chaney Muench
ESPN3
March 9
1:30 pm
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
Merrell Center
Katy, TX
Attendance: 604
Referees: Travis Jones, Darren McClure, Jennifer White

Quarterfinals

ESPN3
March 10
11:00 am
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
Merrell Center
Katy, TX
Referees: Travis Jones, Kelly Johnson, Darren McClure
ESPN3
March 10
1:30 pm
McNeese State 63, Stephen F. Austin 77
Scoring by half: 20–43, 41–36
Pts: V. Rachal: 23
Rebs: F. Haywood: 15
Asts: Three Players: 3
Pts: T. Ross: 24
Rebs: S. Parker: 14
Asts: T. Ross: 4
Merrell Center
Katy, TX
Attendance: 966
Referees: Eric Koch, Chaney Muench, Britton Sherry

Semifinals

ESPN3
March 11
1:00 pm
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
Merrell Center
Katy, TX
Referees: Travis Jones, D'Lynn Schertz, Darren McClure
ESPN3
March 11
3:30 pm
Stephen F. Austin 62, Lamar 48
Scoring by half: 30–32, 26–22
Pts: T. Ross: 20
Rebs: S. Parker: 13
Asts: T. Ross: 3
Pts: Four Players: 8
Rebs: K. Bowers: 13
Asts: C. Barrs; A. Miles: 3
Merrell Center
Katy, TX
Attendance: 1,413
Referees: John Fletcher, Britton Sherry, Shandra Twine

Championship

CBSSN
March 12
12:00 pm
Stephen F. Austin 35, Central Arkansas 60
Scoring by half: 20–15, 27–33
Pts: S. Parker: 11
Rebs: S. Parker: 8
Asts: S. Parker: 2
Pts: M. Proffitt: 21
Rebs: K. Jordan: 13
Asts: B. Mullins: 3
Merrell Center
Katy, TX
Attendance: 1,073
Referees: Eric Koch, Chaney Muench, Darren McClure

Awards and honors

Source: [7] Tournament MVP: Maggie Proffitt, Central Arkansas

All-Tournament Team:

  • 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


See also

2017 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

References

  1. Richards, Joey (August 20, 2012). "Abilene Christian offered Southland Conference/ Division I membership". Abilene Reporter.
  2. "Incarnate Word to join Southland during transition to D1". NCAA.com. 20 August 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-20. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  3. "NCAAW Basketball Scoreboard". ESPN. March 9, 2017. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  4. "NCAAW Basketball Scoreboard". ESPN. March 10, 2017. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  5. "NCAAW Basketball Scoreboard". ESPN. March 11, 2017. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  6. "NCAAW Basketball Scoreboard". ESPN. March 12, 2017. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  7. "Sugar Bears Surge Past SFA For Second Straight Tournament Title". Southland Conference. March 12, 2017. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
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