Women's basketball sets sights on Southeastern Louisiana
March 8, 2013
HAMMOND, La. - If the Lamar Lady Cardinals want to be guaranteed of a first-round bye in next week's Southland Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, they can follow the words of the late Al Davis: "Just win, baby!"
A win at Southeastern Louisiana in Saturday's 2 p.m. regular-season finale would guarantee the Lady Cardinals (19-9 overall, 11-6 Southland) a top-four finish in the conference, and a first-round bye. A loss to the Lady Lions (11-17, 4-13), who have already been eliminated from tournament contention, could drop Lamar as low as fifth, and mean a first-round game on Wednesday.
Lamar could still finish fourth with a loss, but the Lady Cardinals' seeding would be determined by a complex labyrinth of tiebreakers as detailed below:
SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SEEDING REMAINING WOMEN'S SCENARIOS
14-4 If Sam Houston State wins, it is the outright champion and No. 1 seed.
13-5 If Sam Houston State loses and Oral Roberts wins, co-champions declared, and the seeding tie-breaker procedure is used:
i. SHSU No. 1 Seed, ORU No. 2 Seed.
13-5 If Oral Roberts is the only 13-5 team, it is the No. 2 seed.
12-6 If Oral Roberts loses, Lamar wins, and McNeese wins, the seeding tie-breaker procedure is used:
i. Head-to-Head: ORU Swept Lamar, 2-0.
12-6 If Oral Roberts loses, and Lamar wins (& McNeese is 11-7), the seeding tie-breaker procedure is used:
12-6 If Oral Roberts loses, and McNeese wins (& Lamar is 11-7), the seeding tie-breaker procedure is used:
12-6 If Lamar wins and McNeese wins (& ORU is 13-5), the seeding tie-breaker procedure is used:
i. McNeese No. 3 Seed, Lamar No. 4 Seed.
11-7 If Lamar loses, and McNeese loses to Nicholls, the seeding tie-breaker is used:
i. Head-to-Head: 1-1, Lamar & McNeese split.
i. McNeese No. 4 Seed, Lamar No. 5 Seed
11-7 If Nicholls beats McNeese (& Lamar is 12-6), the seeding tie-breaker is used:
10-8 If Nicholls loses, it will be the No. 5 seed.
9-9 If Central Arkansas wins, it will be the No. 6 seed.
8-10 If Central Arkansas loses, and Stephen F. Austin wins, the seeding tie-breaker is used:
i. UCA No. 6 Seed, SFA No. 7 Seed.
i. UCA No. 6 Seed, SFA No. 7 Seed.
8-10 If Stephen F. Austin wins (& Central Arkansas wins), it will be the No. 7 seed.
7-11 If Stephen F. Austin loses, and Northwestern State wins, the seeding tie-breaker is used:
7-11 If Northwestern State wins (& SFA wins), it will be the No. 8 Seed.
6-12 If Northwestern State loses, it will be the No. 8 seed.
Southeastern Louisiana and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi have been eliminated from tournament contention.
"We just have to go out and take care of business," Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. "We had a disappointing loss at Nicholls on Thursday, but we are capable of bouncing back."
The Lady Cardinals dropped an 84-77 decision at Nicholls on Thursday, while Southeastern Louisiana fell to McNeese State 79-55. Lamar enters Saturday tied for third with McNeese State with 11-6 conference marks. Sam Houston State (13-4 SLC) is in first and is guaranteed at least a share of the regular-season title. Oral Roberts is in second place with a 12-5 league mark.
Southeastern Louisiana gets an average of 10.9 points per game from Aja Gibson and 10.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game from Brandi Simmons.
Southeastern Louisiana leads the all-time series 18-15. Lamar was a 58-49 winner over the Lady Lions at the Montagne Center back on Jan. 7 behind 22 points from Loyd and 10 from Edwards.
Saturday's game will air live on KLVI (AM 560) and be simulcast on www.LamarCardinals.com.