UPDATE: Lady Flames to take on Tennessee in Friday's NCAA Tourney opener
Big South Conference champion Liberty University’s Women’s Basketball team secured the No. 14 seed in the Lexington Region of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship and will meet No. 3 seed Tennessee in the first round.
The first matchup between the Lady Flames and Lady Volunteers in 20 years will tip off Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., where Tennessee has won 56 consecutive NCAA Tournament games. Liberty has won a season-high eight games in a row and is 15-1 in its last 16 outings.
It will be broadcast live on ESPN2, with radio coverage on 90.9-FM, The Light.
The winner will face the victor of Friday’s noon contest between No. 6 seed Oregon State and No. 11 seed Western Kentucky on Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena, with the start time to be determined.
The Lady Flames (24-9, 16-2 Big South) are seeded No. 14 for the fifth time, following tournament appearances in 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2009. Liberty has only been seeded higher once, in 2005, when it upset Penn State 78–70 and DePaul 88–79 before losing to No. 1-seeded LSU 90–48 in its first Sweet 16 appearance.
Read the full story on the Liberty Flames Athletics website.
Liberty claims 17th Big South Championship, clinches NCAA Tourney bid
Top-seeded Liberty University’s women’s basketball team overcame an early deficit with rebounding and a stifling defense to upend No. 3 seeded, two-time defending champion UNC Asheville, 60-42, in Sunday’s 2018 Big South Women’s Basketball Championship final at the Vines Center.
Liberty (24-9) limited Asheville (17-15) to 29.8 percent shooting from the field to hold its 17th straight opponent below the 60-point mark.
The Lady Flames’ eighth win in a row clinched their 17th Big South Championship title in 22 years as well as an automatic bid into the NCAA Division I Championships. Liberty closed out its first unbeaten home season since 2007-08 with a 15-0 record, celebrating by cutting down the nets in the Vines Center.
Tournament MVP KK Barbour (10 points, six rebounds) was joined by point guard and Big South Rookie of the Year Ashtyn Baker (12 points) on the all-tournament team. Fellow point guard Nene Johnson added 10 points and a career-high eight rebounds.
Senior Sheana Vega is the only current team member to play in the NCAA Tournament, so all of her teammates will make their debuts at The Dance on Friday or Saturday. Their first-round opponent will be announced Monday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Read the full game recap on the Liberty Athletics website.