Cowgirls Earn Number Two Seed in the MWC Tournament
March 3, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
BYU (21-8, 12-4) enters the Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Championship as the No. 1 seed for the second consecutive year. The MWC Championship will be held at Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center, March 6-10.
Wyoming (20-8, 11-5), New Mexico (21-8, 11-5) and TCU (21-9, 11-5) all tied for second place in the regular-season standings. According to the tiebreaking procedures, the Cowgirls earn the No. 2 seed, the Lobos take the third spot, while TCU will play as the No. 4 seed. Wyoming earns the second seed because of its 3-1 combined record vs. New Mexico and TCU, while the Lobos were 2-2 and the Horned Frogs were 1-3. New Mexico and TCU split the regular-season series and recorded 1-1 records vs. BYU, but the Lobos earn the third seed because of their 1-1 record vs. Wyoming, compared to the Horned Frogs' 0-2 tally vs. the Cowgirls.
With the loss to Wyoming, Utah (17-12, 10-6) takes the fifth seed with its 10-6 conference record, while UNLV (14-14, 8-8) will play at the No. 6 position. San Diego State (12-15, 5-11) will play as the No. 7 seed, while Colorado State (8-20, 3-13) and Air Force (5-22, 1-15) will battle as the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds, respectively.
The opening-round game featuring the No. 8 Rams and No. 9 Falcons will take place on Tuesday, March 6 at 5 p.m. PT. The meeting will mark the second contest between the two schools in the MWC Tournament, with the last game resulting in a 79-68 Colorado State win on March 6, 2002. Colorado State leads the all-time series, 29-7, including a sweep of this year's regular-season series. Colorado State is 7-6 in the MWC Championship, while the Falcons are looking for their first-ever win.
No. 1 seed BYU will face the winner of the No. 8/No. 9 opening-round game. The Cougars are 3-1 in the MWC Tournament against the Rams and have never faced the Falcons. BYU leads the all-time series vs. the Rams (45-22) and the Falcons (18-0), including a sweep of both season series this year. The Cougars are 12-6 all-time in the MWC Championship, with five title-game appearances and one championship (2002).
Wyoming is the No. 2 seed, its highest seed in MWC Tournament history (No. 4 in 2005). The Cowgirls have never met No. 7 San Diego State in the MWC Championship. Wyoming has only won one quarterfinal game, while the Aztecs are looking for their first tournament win. The Cowgirls hold a 16-13 advantage in the all-time series.
New Mexico is the No. 3 seed for the second consecutive year. The Lobos meet No. 6 seed UNLV in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year and third time in MWC Championship history. Last year, UNLV upset 21st-ranked New Mexico, 57-45, to advance to the semifinals. UNLV leads the championship series, 2-1, and holds the overall series, 21-12. The two teams also split the season series this year. The Lobos are 11-4 all-time in the tournament, while UNLV is 6-7.
TCU will play as the No. 4 seed for the second consecutive year. The Horned Frogs will take on defending champion and No. 5 Utah for the first time in tournament history. The teams split the regular-season series and are 3-3 all-time. TCU holds a 1-1 tournament record, while Utah boasts the best record in the league at 12-5. The Utes are also riding a three-game win streak in the conference tournament, dating back to last year.
MWC Championship Notes