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(New Orleans-Excerpts taken from www.gcaconf.com) The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference has announced both its bracket and pairings for the 2017 GCAC Women's Basketball Championship, with Dillard University in the second seed, finishing the season with an 18-8 overall record and going 9-3 in conference play.
The tournament will begin Friday, March 3 at The Castle on the campus of Southern University at New Orleans at 12:00 p.m. with the No. 4 seed Edward Waters (20-9, 6-6) facing No. 5 Tougaloo (8-14, 4-8). The Lady Tigers and the Lady Bulldogs split their regular season series. The winner of that game will face Talladega in the tournament semifinal on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.
No. 3 Xavier (17-12, 6-6) takes on No. 6 Philander Smith (13-15, 4-8) at 2:00 p.m. while No. 2 Dillard (18-8, 9-3) and No. 7 SUNO will meet at 5:00 p.m. in the last game of the opening round. The Gold Nuggets are 0-2 so far this season against the Lady Panthers, and Dillard swept the season series with the Lady Knights.
Saturday's second semifinal is set for 5:00 p.m. at the Xavier University Convocation Center, with the Xavier/Philander Smith winner playing the winner of Dillard/SUNO.
The tournament championship final is scheduled for Sunday, March 5, at 2:00 p.m. at the Xavier Convocation Center.
2017 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament Schedule
Friday, March 3 (The Castle/SUNO)
Game 1 (4) Edward Waters vs. (5) Tougaloo 12 p.m.
Game 2 (3) Xavier vs. (6) Philander Smith 2:00 p.m.
*Game 3 (2) Dillard vs. (7) SUNO 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 (Xavier University Convocation Center)
Semifinal 1 (1) Talladega vs. Game 1 winner 12 p.m.
Semifinal 2 Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 5 (Xavier University Convocation Center)
Championship Game Semifinal winners 2:00 p.m.