MEAC Womenís Bracket Set For 2014 Basketball Tournament
NORFOLK, Va. - The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its women's pairings for the 2014 MEAC Basketball Tournament, March 10-15, at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. The three-time defending MEAC Tournament champion Hampton Lady Pirates will enter the tournament as the top seed after concluding the regular-season with a 16-0 mark in MEAC play.
Hampton registered its second consecutive unblemished record, marking the sixth time in conference history that a women’s basketball team has gone undefeated in MEAC play.
The Lady Pirates earned the tournament’s first-round bye and will open up play on Wednesday, March 12 at noon. They will face the winner of the No. 8 Howard vs. No. 9 North Carolina Central matchup slated for Tuesday, March 11 at 11 a.m.
Games will start on Monday, March 10 with No. 4 Florida A&M vs. No. 13 Delaware State at 11 a.m. and No. 5 Savannah State vs. No. 12 Morgan State at 1:30 p.m.
North Carolina A&T finished the season with a 13-3 mark to secure the number two seed and the runners-up trophy, while Coppin State earned the third seed with a 12-4 mark in MEAC play. The Lady Aggies will meet the winner of No. 7 Bethune-Cookman vs. No. 10 South Carolina State on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. B-CU and SCSU will open up tournament play on Tuesday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m.
The Lady Eagles of Coppin State will face the winner of No. 6 Norfolk State/No. 11 Maryland Eastern Shore on Thursday, March 13 at 12 p.m. The Spartans and Lady Hawks will close out the women’s action on Monday, March 10 at 4 p.m. Norfolk State won the tiebreaker over Bethune-Cookman to secure the No. 6 spot, while Maryland Eastern Shore defeated Delaware State on the final day of the regular season to lock into the No. 11 spot.
The 2014 regular season champion, regular season runners-up, first-team members and top honorees including Player, Rookie, Defensive and Coach of the Year selections, will be recognized in pre-game presentations prior to the honorees first games in tournament play.
The 2014 MEAC Basketball Tournament tips-off Monday, March 10, and will conclude on Saturday, March 15 with the men’s and women’s championship games. The women’s game will begin at 3 p.m. and will be tape-delayed on ESPNU. It will air the following day, Sunday, March 16, at 11 a.m. The men’s finale will begin at 6 p.m. and will broadcast live on ESPNU. The preliminary games will also be streamed live on www.MEACsports.com. Live statistics of all games will be available on the conferences’ official website and the tournament’s official website, www.MEAChoops.com.