Lions Enter Tournament as No. 4 Seed - Will Square Off Against Seventh-Seed Lynn
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The pairings have been solidified for the 2014 Sunshine State Conference Women's Basketball Championship. The tournament will begin on Wednesday, March 5 and conclude on Sunday, March 9 with the championship game.
Saint Leo will enter into the tournament as the No. 4 seed, and will square off against seventh-seeded Lynn University to kick off the tournament on Wednesday, March 5. The Lions and Fighting Knights are slated to tip off at 2:30 p.m. at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Fla.
Tampa (21-5, 14-2 SSC) won the regular-season conference title and earned the No. 1 seed. The Spartans will play their first game on Saturday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m. in the semifinal round.
The rest of the seeds are as follows: No. 2 Rollins (23-5, 12-4 SSC), No. 3 Nova Southeastern (22-4, 12-4 SSC), No. 4 Saint Leo (18-8, 9-7 SSC), No. 5 Barry (16-10, 8-8 SSC), No. 6 Florida Tech (16-12, 7-9 SSC), No. 7 Lynn (11-15, 4-12 SSC), No. 8 Eckerd (11-15, 4-12 SSC), No. 9 Florida Southern (7-19, 2-14 SSC).
Rollins and Nova Southeastern both finished the season at 12-4 in conference play. Rollins went 1-1 against top-seeded Tampa during the regular season, while Nova Southeastern went 0-2 against the Spartans to give the Tars the No. 2 seed and the Sharks the No. 3 seed.
Lynn and Eckerd both finished the season at 4-12 in conference action. Both teams went a combined 0-10 against the top five seeds. Lynn swept No. 6 Florida Tech during the regular season, and Eckerd went 1-1 against the Panthers to give the Fighting Knights the No. 7 seed and the Tritons the No. 8 spot.
No. 5 Barry and No. 6 Florida Tech will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday to conclude the first day of the women's tournament. The winners will advance to play on Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. for a chance to face the No. 1 seeded Tampa Spartans on Saturday in the semifinal round.
On Thursday, March 6, No. 2 Rollins and No. 9 Florida Southern will square off at 2:30 p.m. No. 3 Nova Southeastern and No. 8 Eckerd will tip off at 7:30 p.m. The winners of each game will meet in the other semifinal round game on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The championship game will tip-off at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 9
All 16 games, including the men's bracket, of the 2014 SSC Basketball Championship will be streamed live on sunshinestateconference.com. Live stats for each contest will also be available. Live video, live stats, results and an updated bracket will be available for the duration of the championship at the 2014 SSC Basketball Championship Central page.
Those wishing to attend the games at Silver Spurs Arena can purchase tickets at the box office window. General admission tickets are available for $10 each day. New this year, court level premium seating will be available at a limited quantity for $20. One ticket will grant one person admittance for an entire days' worth of action, but there is a no re-entry policy in place. If spectators leave the arena, they must purchase another ticket to re-enter.