UR, VCU women to meet in first round of Atlantic Ten Tournament Sunday

The following comes directly from the Atlantic Ten:

Dayton, GW Share Women’s Basketball Regular Season Title; Flyers Top Seed for A-10 Championship

UD Wins Two-Team Tiebreak to Claim Top Overall Seed


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Dayton and George Washington are the 2017 Atlantic 10 Conference women’s basketball regular season champions, finishing with a 13-3 league record. The Flyers, by virtue of a two-team tiebreaker, will be the top seed for the 2017 Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship.

The 2017 A-10 Championship will feature a new, enhanced format, with six first-round games being played on campus sites, Saturday, Feb. 25 and Sunday, Feb. 26 before heading to Richmond, Va., Friday, Mar. 3 through Sunday, Mar. 5, for the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship final games. The top two championship seeds, Dayton and GW will receive a bye, with the remainder of the field facing off in games hosted by seeds 3-8 for the first round.

The Flyers captured the No. 1 seed for the championship over GW due to having the higher winning percentage against the highest common opponent and will play at 11:00 am in the quarterfinals on Friday, Mar. 3 in a game televised by American Sports Network against either No. 8 seed VCU or No. 9 seed Richmond.

George Washington (20-8), the defending Atlantic 10 Champions, are the second seed and will face the winner of seventh-seeded Duquesne and No. 10 seed George Mason at 4:30 pm Friday. That game will also air on ASN.

Saint Joseph’s (15-13, 12-4 A-10) earned the third seed, winning the head-to-head tiebreaker against Saint Louis. The Hawks will host No. 14 seed Rhode Island in the first-round Saturday at 2:00 pm ET.

Saint Louis will receive the fourth seed for the championship. The Billikens finished the season with a record of 22-7 overall and 12-4 in the A-10, will host No. 13 seed Massachusetts Sunday at 3:00 pm ET.

Fordham finished 11-5 in league play and 20-10 overall to take the fifth seed. The Rams will play Davidson at home Sunday at 2:00 pm. La Salle earns the sixth seed after finishing the regular season with a record of 16-12 overall and 9-7 in league play. The Explorers will play St. Bonaventure Saturday at Noon.

Davidson and St. Bonaventure both completed the regular season with a record of 4-12. St. Bonaventure was tabbed the 11th seed as result of a head-to-head tiebreaker over Davidson, who was slotted 12th.

Tickets can be purchased at the Richmond Coliseum sweetFrog box office at 601 E. Leigh Street or online at richmondcoliseum.net.

First round games will be streamed live on the A-10 Network through Atlantic10.com. Friday’s quarterfinals will be televised on ASN and streamed on americansporstnet.com/live. Saturday’s semifinals will air at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network, while Sunday’s championship final will be on ESPNU and streamed on WatchESPN at noon.

FIRST ROUND | Saturday, February 25

#11 St. Bonaventure at #6 La Salle | Noon | A-10 Network

#10 George Mason at #7 Duquesne | 2:00 pm | A-10 Network

#14 Rhode Island at #3 Saint Joseph’s | 2:00 pm | A-10 Network

FIRST ROUND | Sunday, February 26

#9 Richmond at #8 VCU | 1:00 pm | A-10 Network

#12 Davidson at #5 Fordham | 2:00 pm | A-10 Network

#13 Massachusetts at #4 Saint Louis | 3:00 pm | A-10 Network

QUARTERFINALS | Friday, March 3

Game: 7:  #1 Dayton vs. Winner of VCU/Richmond | 11:00 AM | ASN

Game 8:   Winner of Saint Louis/Massachusetts vs. Winner of Fordham/Davidson | 2:00 PM | ASN

Game 9:  #2 George Washington vs. Winner of Duquesne/George Mason | 4:30 PM | ASN

Game 10:  Winner of Saint Joseph’s/Rhode Island vs. Winner of La Salle/St. Bonaventure | 7:00 PM | ASN

SEMIFINALS | Saturday, March 4

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

FINAL | Sunday, March 5

Game 13:  Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12 | Noon | ESPNU