C-USA Women's Tournament Brackets Released

IRVING, Texas - Conference USA regular-season champion SMU looks to defend its title as the 2009 C-USA Women's Basketball Championship kicks off this week in New Orleans. SMU, UTEP, Southern Miss and Houston have all earned first-round byes after a successful regular season.

2009 C-USA CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
FIRST ROUNDS - THURSDAY, MARCH 5

Morning Session
Game 1: (8) East Carolina vs. (9) UAB, 12 p.m.
Game 2: (5) UCF vs. (12) Rice, 2:30 p.m.

Afternoon Session
Game 3: (6) Tulane vs. (11) Tulsa, 5:30 p.m.
Game 4: (7) Marshall vs. (10) Memphis, 8 p.m.

QUARTERFINALS - FRIDAY, MARCH 6
Morning Session
Game 5: winner G1 vs. (1) SMU, 12 p.m.
Game 6: winner G2 vs. (4) Houston, 2:30 p.m.
Afternoon Session
Game 7: winner G3 vs. (3) Southern Miss, 5:30 p.m.
Game 8: winner G4 vs. (2) UTEP, 8 p.m.
SEMIFINALS - SATURDAY, MARCH 7
Game 9: Game 9 - winner of game 5 & 6 (CBS C), 2:00 p.m.
Game 10: Game 10 - winner of game 7 & 8 (CBS C), 4:30 p.m.
CHAMPIONSHIP - SUNDAY, MARCH 8
Game 11: Game 11 - winner of game 9 & 10 (ESPN2), 2:30 p.m.
All times Central.
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET PRICES ARE:
All Sessions: Adult $50; Youth $40 ... Single Session: Adult $10; Youth $7
C-USA CHAMPIONS
Below is a chart listing Conference USA's regular season and tournament winners in the league's 13 years.
Year / Tournament / Regular Season Champ
2009 / TBD / SMU
2008 / SMU / UTEP
2007 / East Carolina / Tulane
2006 / Tulsa / Tulsa
2005 / TCU / DePaul
2004 / Houston / Houston
2003 / TCU / Charlotte
2002 / Cincinnati / TCU
2001 / Tulane / Louisville
2000 / Tulane / Marquette
1999 / Tulane / Cincinnati, Louisville, Marquette, Tulane
1998 / Memphis / Memphis
1997 / Tulane / Tulane, Louisville, Memphis
1996 / Memphis / DePaul


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