March 5, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
New Mexico is the No. 1 seed in the Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Championship, to be held at Denver's Pepsi Center, March 9-12. It is the Lobos' (23-4, 12-2) second straight No. 1 seed as they won the tournament title last season as the top team. Utah (23-6, 12-2) is the No. 2 seed as the Utes and New Mexico tied for the regular season title. However, the Lobos swept Utah in the season series to earn the top seed. It is the second straight season the two teams have tied for the conference championship.
BYU (18-9, 9-5) earned the No. 3 seed, its highest seed since 2002, while Wyoming (16-11, 7-7) is the No. 4 seed. It is the highest seed in tournament history for the Cowgirls, as they bettered last year's fifth seed. UNLV (15-13, 6-8) and Colorado State (15-12, 6-8) tied for fifth place in the conference, but the Lady Rebels earned the No. 5 seed as they defeated New Mexico in conference play, while the Rams are at No. 6. Air Force (7-20, 2-12) earns its first ever No. 7 seed after winning the tiebreaker over San Diego State. The Falcons defeated No. 4 Wyoming, which gave them the tiebreaker over the Aztecs. San Diego State (8-19, 2-12) is the No. 8 seed.
No. 4 seed Wyoming, which is 1-4 in quarterfinal contests, meets No. 5 seed UNLV for the first time in the MWC Championship. UNLV leads the overall series with Wyoming, 14-6, but the two teams split the season series this year. UNLV has won six of the past seven meetings. UNLV is 4-5 all-time in the tournament, while Wyoming is 1-5.
No. 1 seed New Mexico is 3-0 vs. No. 8 seed San Diego State in the MWC Championship and 4-1 in quarterfinal games all-time. The Lobos lead the overall series with the Aztecs, 17-13, and have won the past 11 meetings, including a sweep of the season series this year. New Mexico is 8-3 in the MWC Championship, while San Diego State is looking for its first postseason win since joining the MWC.
No. 2 seed Utah is 3-0 vs. No. 7 Air Force in the MWC Championship and 4-1 in quarterfinal games all-time. Utah has never lost to Air Force in 17 meetings, including a sweep of the season series this year. Utah is 7-4 all-time in the MWC Championship, while Air Force is looking for its first win.
No. 3 BYU meets No. 6 Colorado State for the third time in the MWC tournament, with the series tied 1-1. The two teams have not played in the Championship since the 2001 title game, which Colorado State won, 59-56. Both teams are 4-1 all-time in quarterfinal games. Colorado State leads the overall series with the Cougars, 37-24, but BYU won both meetings this season. CSU is 6-4 all-time in the MWC Championship, while BYU is 9-4.
MWC Championship Notes
2004 MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRINGS
|Wednesday, March 10 (all times MT)|
|Noon||Quarterfinal Game #1||No. 1 New Mexico vs. No. 8 San Diego State||CSTV|
|2:30 p.m.||Quarterfinal Game #2||No. 4 Wyoming vs. No. 5 UNLV||CSTV|
|6 p.m.||Quarterfinal Game #2||No. 2 Utah vs. No. 7 Air Force||CSTV|
|8:30 p.m.||Quarterfinal Game #4||No. 3 BYU vs. No. 6 Colorado State||CSTV|
|Friday, March 12|
|Noon||Semfinal Game #1||Session 1 Winners||CSTV|
|2:30 p.m.||Semfinal Game #2||Session 2 Winners||CSTV|
|Saturday, March 13|
|4 p.m.||Championship Game||Semifinal Winners||ESPN2 (tape delayed at 10:30 p.m.)|
Single session tickets for the Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Championship are now on sale at the Pepsi Center box office and Ticketmaster locations. The Pepsi Center box office will be open Sunday, March 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets are also available by calling 303-830-TIXS or by going to www.ticketmaster.com. Parking is free at the Pepsi Center for the entire tournament.
All seven games of the Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Championship will be televised. The four quarterfinals and two semifinals will be broadcast on CSTV. Session one of the quarterfinals and both semifinals are live, while session two of the quarterfinals is tape delayed beginning at 7:30. The championship game will be tape delayed on ESPN2 beginning at 10:30 p.m.
In addition to being broadcast on CSTV, the women's games can be seen on KBYU in Provo, Cox Cable 4 in San Diego, KULC in Salt Lake City and KWYF and KLKY in Cheyenne, Wyoming. In Albuquerque, the WB will broadcast Wednesday's New Mexico vs. San Diego State noon game.