CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Big South Conference tonight announced the pairings for the 2002 Advance Auto Parts Big South Conference Womens Basketball Championship, Feb. 27-March 2, 2002 in Roanoke, Va.
For the fifth consecutive year, Liberty will hold the number one seed. The Lady Flames have been the regular season champions since the 1997-1998 season and the tournament champions since 1996-1997. Liberty (13-1 Big South) will play eighth-seeded UNC Asheville (1-13) at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the first round of the tournament.
Elon will claim the second seed for the second straight year. The Phoenix (10-4) will face seventh-seeded Coastal Carolina (5-9) at 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 27. Radford (8-6) will be the third seed and will face sixth-seeded Winthrop (6-8) at 9:00 p.m. on Feb. 27. High Point (7-7), the fourth seed for this years tournament, will play Charleston Southern, the fifth seed, at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 27.
The semifinal games will be at noon and 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. The championship, which will be televised live on Comcast Sports Southeast and on the Big South Television Network, will be played Saturday, March 2 at noon. All games will be played at the Roanoke Civic Center in Roanoke, Va. The winner will receive the Big Souths automatic bid to the NCAA Womens Basketball Tournament.
2002 Big South Conference Advance Auto Parts Womens Basketball Championship
Wednesday, February 27
Game 1: #1 Liberty vs. #8 UNC Asheville, Noon.
Game 2: #4 High Point vs. #5 Charleston Southern, 2:00 p.m.
Game 3: #2 Elon vs. #7 Coastal Carolina, 7:00 p.m.
Game 4: #3 Radford vs. #6 Winthrop, 9:00 p.m.
Friday, February 28
Game 5 (Semifinal 1): Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, Noon.
Game 6 (Semifinal 2): Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 2
Game 7 (Championship): Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, Noon.
The Big South is a NCAA Division I Conference with nine member institutions throughout the Southeast. Birmingham-Southern College, Charleston Southern University, Coastal Carolina University, Elon University, High Point University, Liberty University, Radford University, UNC Asheville and Winthrop University comprise the 18-year-old-league, which is based in Charlotte, N.C. The Big South is online at www.BigSouthSports.com.