Lady Pirates Seeded Fifth At C-USA Tournament
March 4, 2010
IRVING, Texas - The East Carolina women's basketball team, by virtue of a 20-9 overall record and 9-7 conference ledger, has earned the five seed at the 2010 GMC Sierra Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship, as announced by the league office Thursday night.
The five-day event tips off on Monday, March 8, and will conclude with the title game on CBS College Sports Friday, March 12, at the Reynolds Center on the campus of Tulsa.
The Lady Pirates will battle No. 12 seed Southern Miss in the tournament's second first round contest Monday at 3:30 p.m. ET. ECU and the Golden Eagles have played twice already this season, as the Lady Pirates won a 76-50 decision in Greenville before Southern Miss responded with a 59-55 triumph in Hattiesburg. The winner moves on to face No. 4 seed Memphis in the quarterfinals Tuesday.
"Southern Miss has a very good basketball team," head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener remarked. "They have a great player in Pauline Love and she has a great cast around her. They beat us in Hattiesburg just a couple of weeks ago so we all know how dangerous they can be. When it comes tournament time, the records go out the window. Everyone heading into the tournament is 0-0 and fighting to live for another day."
East Carolina has never faced the Golden Eagles in postseason play but hold an 8-6 lead in the all-time series.
The winner of this year's event will automatically qualify for the 2010 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship, which begins in mid-March.
Tickets for the 2010 GMC Sierra Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship are available at the Tulsa Ticket Office by calling 918-631-3348, or visiting www.TulsaHurricane.com, and through the East Carolina Ticket Office (252-328-4500 or 1-800-DIAL-ECU) or ecupirates.com. All seats are general admission and are as low as $10 for an adult single-session ticket. You can also receive free admission to the women's tournament with the purchase of a 2010 GMC Sierra C-USA Men's Basketball Championship all-session ticket.
2009 C-USA CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
FIRST ROUND - MONDAY, MARCH 8
QUARTERFINALS - TUESDAY, MARCH 9
SEMIFINALS - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10
CHAMPIONSHIP - FRIDAY, MARCH 12
All times Central.
Year / Tournament / Regular Season Champ