MWC Announces 2002 EAS Women's Basketball Championship Bracket

March 3, 2002

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

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The Mountain West Conference announced the pairings for the 2002 EAS Women's Basketball Championship to be held at the Thomas & Mack Center, March 6-9 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

No. 16-ranked Colorado State (23-5, 12-2) clinched the No. 1-seed in the championship for the first time in the league's three-year history with a 58-54 victory over New Mexico Saturday. The Lobos (21-6, 10-4) and BYU (19-8, 10-4) tied for second in the league standings with 10-4 marks, but New Mexico earns the No. 2-seed since it swept the Cougars this season. UNLV (21-7, 9-5) will be the fourth seed, followed by Utah (14-11, 8-6) at No. 5, Wyoming (13-14, 5-9) No. 6, San Diego State (10-17, 2-12) No. 7 and Air Force (4-23, 0-14) No. 8.

The Rams, who have a 12-8 overall postseason conference tournament record after winning last year's MWC Championship, will face Air Force Wednesday in a quarterfinal game. This will be the first meeting between Colorado State and Air Force in the postseason. New Mexico, which owns a 9-10 conference tournament record, will meet San Diego State in the opening round for the second year in a row. The Lobos defeated the Aztecs last year, 55-49. BYU brings a 13-9 tournament record into this year's conference championship and will play Wyoming in the postseason for just the second time in school history, first time in the MWC. The Cowgirls make their 11th consecutive trip to a conference tournament and in search of their first victory. UNLV will play Utah in the final quarterfinal game Wednesday. The Rebels are 21-10 in 15 conference tournament appearances, while the Utes are 16-8 and 2000 MWC tournament champions.

Single session tickets for the EAS Mountain West Conference Basketball Championship will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, March 4 at the Thomas & Mack box office. Lower level tickets are $25 per session, upper level tickets $19.Call (800) 464-2468 or (702) 895-3900 to order by phone.

2002 EAS MWC Women's Championship Schedule
(all times PST, all games played at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas)

Wednesday, March 7
Women's Quarterfinal #1 -- #2 New Mexico vs. #7 San Diego State, 12 p.m. (SportsWest)
Women's Quarterfinal #2 -- #3 BYU vs. #6 Wyoming, 2:30 p.m. (SportsWest)
Women's Quarterfinal #3 -- #1 Colorado State vs. #8 Air Force, 6 p.m. (SportsWest)
Women's Quarterfinal #4 -- #4 UNLV vs. #5 Utah, 8:30 p.m. (SportsWest)

Friday, March 9
Women's Semifinal #1 - 2-7 winner vs. 3-6 winner, 12 noon (SportsWest)
Women's Semifinal #2 - 1-8 winner vs. 4-5 winner, 2:30 p.m. (SportsWest)

Saturday, March 10
Championship -- 3:30 p.m./Taped delay broadcast at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2