Colonials Claim Top Seed for Women's Basketball Championship

By Atlantic 10 Conference
Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – On the heels of a 15-1 regular season, George Washington has earned the top-seed in the 2015 Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Basketball Championship, which takes March 4-8 at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.

The Colonials, who finish atop the league standings for the first time since the 2007-08 season, currently stand at 26-3 overall and are ranked 21 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and 22 in this week’s Associated Press Poll.

GW receives one of four byes to the quarterfinals on Friday, March 6, and will face the winner of eighth-seeded VCU and ninth seeded Saint Louis at 11:00 a.m.

Dayton finished the season 14-2 in league play and 23-5 overall. The Flyers earn one of the four byes to the quarterfinals where they will face No. 7 Saint Joseph’s or 10th seeded George Mason at 4:30 on March 6.

Duquesne (20-9 / 12-4 A-10) earned the third seed, while defending champion Fordham (22-5 / 13-2 A-10) is seeded fourth.

Richmond finished 9-7 in league play and 17-12 overall to take the fifth seed. Rhode Island and Saint Joseph’s both finished at 8-8, with the Rams garnering the sixth seed thanks to a regular season win over the Hawks. 

VCU and Saint Louis each fashioned 7-9 records to tie for eighth place. VCU earns the eighth seed with a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Billikens.

George Mason, La Salle, Massachusetts and St. Bonaventure all completed the regular season 5-11. Mason was tabbed as the 10th seeded because of .667 winning percentage against the three other opponents, while UMass finished with a .400 winning percentage and was slotted 13th. La Salle is seeded 11th compliments of a head-to-head win over SBU.

St. Bonaventure will open the championship against UMass at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by La Salle and 14th seeded Davidson at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets can be bought at the Richmond Coliseum box office at 601 E. Leigh Street, by calling 804-780-4970 or by visiting ticketmaster.com. The Atlantic 10 returns to the Richmond Coliseum for the second consecutive year and 2015 marks just the fourth time in league history the Championship will be decided on a neutral floor.

First and second round games will be streamed live on the A-10 Network through Atlantic10.com and A-10 mobile apps. Friday’s quarterfinals will be on national television through the American Sports Network (ASN) as well as online on the A-10 Network. Saturday’s semifinals will air live at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network, while Sunday’s finale will be on ESPNU at 1:00 p.m.

FIRST ROUND | Wednesday, March 4
Game 1:    #12 St. Bonaventure vs. #13 Massachusetts | 4:30 PM | A-10 Network
Game 2:    #11 La Salle vs. #14 Davidson | 7:00 PM | A-10 Network

SECOND ROUND | Thursday, March 5
Game 3:    #8 VCU vs. #9 Saint Louis | 11:30 AM | A-10 Network
Game 4:    #5 Richmond vs. Winner Game 1 | 2:00 PM | A-10 Network
Game 5:    #7 Saint Joseph’s vs. #10 George Mason | 4:30 PM | A-10 Network
Game 6:    #6 Rhode Island vs. Winner Game 2 | 7:00 PM | A-10 Network

QUARTERFINALS | Friday, March 6
Game 7: #1 George Washington vs. Winner Game 3 | 11:00 AM | ASN / A-10 Network
Game 8:    #4 Fordham vs. Winner Game 4 | 2:00 PM |ASN / A-10 Network
Game 9:    #2 Dayton vs. Winner Game 5 |4:30 PM |ASN / A-10 Network
Game 10:    #3 Duquesne vs. Winner Game 6 | 7:00 PM | ASN / A-10 Network

SEMIFINALS | Saturday, March 7
Game 11: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 | 11:00 AM | CBSSN
Game 12: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10 | 1:30 PM | CBSSN

FINALS | Sunday, March 8
Game 13: Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12 | 1:00 PM| ESPNU

 

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