March 10, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's basketball team claimed the No. 2 seed, its highest-ever seed, in the Conference USA Tournament. The Lady Pirates earned a first-round bye and will take on the winner of the No. 7 seed Memphis-No. 10 seed Southern Miss game. ECU will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, March 14, at the Tulsa Convention Center the league office announced Saturday night.
The Pirates will enter the tournament with a 21-8 overall record and are 11-5 in conference action. ECU has won five of its last seven games and will look to win three in a row to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
No. 1 seed SMU (21-8, 12-4 C-USA), No. 3 seed Tulane (22-7, 11-6 C-USA) and No. 4 seed UAB (18-11, 9-7 C-USA) also earned first-round byes at next week's four-day, 11-game tournament.
The tournament opens with No. 8 UCF (13-17, 7-9 C-USA) against No. 9 Houston (13-16, 7-9 C-USA) at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, followed by No. 5 UTEP (20-9, 8-8 C-USA) versus No. 12 Marshall (9-20, 3-13 C-USA) at 1:30 p.m. The 5:30 p.m. contest features host and No. 6 Tulsa (13-16, 8-8 C-USA) against No. 11 Rice (14-15, 6-10). The nightcap pits No. 7 Memphis (17-13, 8-8 C-USA) against No. 10 Southern Miss (4-15, 6-10 C-USA) at 7:30 p.m.
The first round and quarterfinal games will be played at the Tulsa Convention Center and will be available for viewing exclusively on the C-USA Digital Network. Current subscribers to the C-USA Digital Network can click on the "watch" links and enter their password information to view the games. New and school-only subscribers can visit conferenceusa.com/allaccess.
The semifinal and championship contests will be held at the BOK Center and will be televised by CBS Sports Network.
Fans can purchase tickets by calling 866-7-BOK-CTR (866-726-5287) or logging onto bokcenter.com.
2013 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship
March 13-16 | Tulsa, Okla. (all times Central)
Wednesday, March 13 (Tulsa Convention Center)
Game No. 1 | Seed No. 8 UCF vs. Seed No. 9 Houston | 11 a.m. (C-USA Digital Network)
Game No. 2 | Seed No. 5 UTEP vs. Seed No. 12 Marshall | 1:30 p.m. (C-USA Digital Network)
Game No. 3 | Seed No. 6 Tulsa vs. Seed No. 11 Rice | 5 p.m. (C-USA Digital Network)
Game No. 4 | Seed No. 7 Memphis vs. Seed No. 10 Southern Miss | 7:30 p.m. (C-USA Digital Network)
Thursday, March 14 (Tulsa Convention Center)
Game No. 5 | Seed No. 1 SMU vs. winner of Game 1 | 11 a.m. (C-USA Digital Network)
Game No. 6 | Seed No. 4 UAB vs. winner of Game 2 | 1:30 p.m. (C-USA Digital Network)
Game No. 7 | Seed No. 3 Tulane vs. winner of Game 3 | 5 p.m. (C-USA Digital Network)
Game No. 8 | Seed No. 2 East Carolina vs. winner of Game 4 | 7:30 p.m. (C-USA Digital Network)
Friday, March 15 (BOK Center)
Game No. 9 | C-USA Semifinal 1 | 10 a.m. (CBSSN)
Game No. 10 | C-USA Semifinal 2 | 12:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Saturday, March 16 (BOK Center)
Game No. 11 | C-USA Championship Game | 7 p.m. (CBSSN)