CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern is the No. 8 seed in the 2018 Big South Championships and will face No. 9 seed Longwood in first round play on Thursday at Liberty in Lynchburg, Va. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the Big South Network, with the winner advancing to play top-seeded Liberty in Friday's quarterfinals.
CSU won both of this season's meetings with Longwood. The Bucs defeated the Lancers, 73-57, on January 2 in the Big South opener in Charleston. CSU completed the season sweep by knocking off Longwood, 78-61, on February 3 in Farmville.
Liberty claimed its 16th Big South regular-season championship and clinched the No. 1 seed for the 15th time, as the Lady Flames closed the year with a 16-2 conference record. As the No. 1 seed, Liberty has secured a postseason berth.
Radford finished a game behind the Lady Flames with a 15-3 conference mark -- the most conference wins in program history. The Highlanders enter the postseason tournament riding a 10-game winning streak, as its average win margin within the span is 20.2 points.
Two-time defending champion UNC Asheville (12-6) earned the No. 3 seed, while High Point finished two games back at 10-8 and claimed the No. 4 seed. The Bulldogs won the 2017 Big South Women's Basketball Championship and earned the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament as the No. 7 seed.
Following No. 4 seed High Point is Presbyterian, which is slotted as the No. 5 seed with its even 9-9 Big South record. Campbell and Gardner-Webb finished the year with identical 8-10 conference records. With the Camels' season sweep of the Runnin' Bulldogs, CU earns the final bye in the tournament with the No. 6 seed, while GWU will open up its postseason campaign on Thursday in the first round as the No. 7 seed. Winthrop rounds out the field as the No. 10 seed and will face GWU on Thursday.
All games will be played at the Vines Center on the campus of Liberty University. Tickets are on sale at www.libertyflames.com or by calling the Liberty Athletic Ticket Office at 434-582-SEAT (7328).
Both first round games on March 8 will be broadcast live on the Big South Network and Roku. The 2018 Big South Women's Basketball Championship will continue with the quarterfinals on Friday, March 9, semifinals on Saturday, March 10 and the Championship game on Sunday, March 11 and carried live on ESPN3 and WatchESPN. The Big South's Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. The Conference Championship schedule is as follows:
First Round – Thursday, March 8 – Big South Network/Roku
Game 1: #8 Charleston Southern vs. #9 Longwood, 6:00pm
Game 2: #7 Gardner-Webb vs. #10 Winthrop, 8:00pm
Quarterfinals – Friday, March 9 – ESPN3
Game 3: #1 Liberty vs. 8/9 Winner, 12:00pm
Game 4: #4 High Point vs. #5 Presbyterian College, 2:00pm
Game 5: #2 Radford vs. 7/10 Winner, 6:00pm
Game 6: #3 UNC Asheville vs. #6 Campbell, 8:00pm
Semifinals - Saturday, March 10 – ESPN3
Game 7: Semifinals – Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 2:00pm
Game 8: Semifinals – Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 4:00pm
Championship - Sunday, March 11 – ESPN3
Game 9: Championship – Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 2:00pm