No. 4 seed Liberty will face No. 5 seed Charleston Southern in the Big South Women's Basketball Championship quarterfinals, Friday at 2 p.m. at the Vines Center.
Big South Women's Basketball Championship Information Central Tournament Bracket Buy Tournament Tickets Tournament host Liberty has earned the No. 4 seed for the 2017 Big South Women's Basketball Championship. The Lady Flames, who are seeded fourth for the first time in program history, will face No. 5 seed Charleston Southern in the quarterfinal round, Friday at 2 p.m. inside the Vines Center.
Liberty will host the entire Big South Women's Basketball Championship for the first time since 1998 and will host its first tournament contests since the 2006 championship game. The four-day tournament will tip off with a pair of first-round games Thursday evening.
If Liberty defeats Charleston Southern on Friday, it would advance to a semifinal contest Saturday at 2 p.m. The championship game is set for Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Lady Flames wrapped up the regular season with a 13-16 overall record and a 12-6 mark in Big South Conference play. Liberty won both of its regular-season matchups with Charleston Southern, including an 81-72 victory in Charleston on Jan. 3 and a 67-56 triumph at the Vines Center on Feb. 17.
Liberty, which will face CSU in the Big South quarterfinals for the second straight year, is 7-0 all-time against the Buccaneers in the Big South Women's Basketball Championship, including 3-0 in the quarterfinal round.
The Lady Flames will put several lengthy streaks on the line Friday afternoon, as Liberty has won 14 consecutive meetings with Charleston Southern overall and 23 straight matchups with the Buccaneers at the Vines Center. Liberty has advanced to the Big South semifinal round for 20 straight seasons and is 17-0 all-time in Big South Women's Basketball Championship contests played at the Vines Center.
Liberty has won 16 of the last 20 titles at the Big South Women's Basketball Championship. However, this will be the Lady Flames' first time as the No. 4 seed in their 26th tournament appearance all-time. UNC Asheville is the only No. 4 seed to cut down the nets in tournament history, claiming the 2007 title on its home court at the Justice Center.
Radford finished 14-4 in conference play, earning its first Big South regular-season title since 1991-92 and the accompanying No. 1 seed. Campbell and High Point shared second place at 13-5, but the Camels were awarded the No. 2 seed by virtue of two regular-season victories over the Panthers.
Charleston Southern went 11-7 for the No. 5 seed, its highest seed since 2012. Presbyterian (No. 6, 10-8), defending champion UNC Asheville (No. 7, 9-9) and Gardner-Webb (No. 8, 6-12) round out the top 8 seeds.
Longwood and Winthrop tied for ninth place with matching 1-17 conference marks, but Winthrop was awarded the No. 9 seed due to finishing ahead of Longwood in the RPI ratings.
Tickets are on sale in-person at the Liberty Athletics Ticket Office, online at LibertyFlames.com or by phone at 434-582-7328.
Liberty fans will have several ways to keep up with the action if they are unable to make it to the Vines Center. Friday's quarterfinal games, Saturday's semifinals and Sunday's championship game will all be aired live on ESPN3.
Additionally, Jamie Hall will broadcast each of Liberty's games on 90.9 FM "The Light." The radio call will also be streamed on LibertyFlames.com and www.liberty.edu/thelight.
The complete 2017 Big South Women's Basketball Championship schedule is as follows:
Thursday, March 9 – First Round (Broadcasted on Big South Network) Game 1: No. 8 Seed Gardner-Webb vs. No. 9 Seed Winthrop - 6 p.m. Game 2: No. 7 Seed UNC Asheville vs. No. 10 Seed Longwood - 8 p.m.
Friday, March 10 – Quarterfinals (Broadcasted on ESPN3) Game 3: No. 1 Seed Radford vs. Winner Game 1 - Noon Game 4: No. 4 Seed Liberty vs. No. 5 Seed Charleston Southern - 2 p.m. Game 5: No. 2 Seed Campbell vs. Winner Game 2 - 6 p.m. Game 6: No. 3 Seed High Point vs. No. 6 Seed Presbyterian - 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 11 – Semifinals (Broadcasted on ESPN3) Game 7: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 - 2 p.m. Game 8: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 - 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 12 – Final (Broadcasted on ESPN3) Game 9: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 - 4 p.m.
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