RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College basketball team will enter this year's USA South Women's Basketball Tournament as the East Division six-seed. The Avenging Angels travel to Danville, Virginia, Wednesday, Feb. 14, to face off with the third-seed Averett Cougars in the opening round.
Meredith lost both regular season contests to the Cougars and will need to battle inside for rebounds and trim turnovers in order to tame Averett's pressure. The Avenging Angels have found their inside-outside offensive game and will score when put on the free throw line.
The top-two seeds in each division earn a bye in the opening round and will host quarterfinal games Saturday. Wednesday's winner between Meredith and Averett will advance to Saturday's pairing versus second-seed Ferrum.
The semifinal and championship games will be played at the site of the highest remaining divisional seed after quarterfinal round play on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24 and 25. If the highest-remaining divisional seeds are the same seed, the next tie-breaking criteria is regular season conference winning percentage. If there is still a tie, the tournament semifinals and final will head to the West due to a predetermined rotation. If Covenant College advances to the semifinals, the games will be played on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24.
Admission will be collected at all venues throughout the USA South Tournament. Adult general admission is $8.00 while institutional faculty/staff/students along with senior citizens (65 years and older) and children are $3.00. Children under the age of six are free.
The 2018 Women's Basketball Tournament seeding
*Ineligible for USA South Championship (Div. III Reclassifying Member)
2018 USA South Women's Basketball Tournament Schedule
(all times EST unless noted)
First Round - Wednesday, Feb, 14 (games played at higher-seeded team)
Game 1: #5 West-Covenant vs. #4 West-Huntingdon - 7:00 p.m. (CST)
Game 2: #6 East-Meredith vs. #3 East-Averett - 7:00 p.m.
Game 3: #5 East-Salem vs. #4 East-N.C. Wesleyan - 7:00 p.m.
Game 4: #6 West-LaGrange vs. #3 West-Maryville - 7:00 p.m.
Quarterfinals - Saturday, Feb. 17 (games played at higher-seeded team)
Game 5: Game 1 Winner vs. #1 West-Berea - 2:00 p.m.
Game 6: Game 2 Winner vs. #2 East-Ferrum - 2:00 p.m.
Game 7: Game 3 Winner vs. #1 East-Greensboro - 2:00 p.m.
Game 8: Game 4 Winner vs. #2 West-Piedmont - 2:00 p.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, Feb. 24 (played at highest remaining divisional seed after quarterfinals)^
Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner - Time TBA
Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner - Time TBA
All times subject to change. Follow www.usasouth.net for updates.
^Games played on Friday & Saturday, Feb. 23 & 24, if Covenant advances to semifinals.