PacWest Women’s Basketball playoff scenarios create interesting finales

Regina Camera AZUSA, Calif. – As the inaugural Pacific West Conference Women's Basketball Tournament draws closer to tip-off, the seeding landscape being painted by the flurry of late-season contests is beginning crafted into a hardwood masterpiece.

The PacWest will hold its first conference tournament March 7-9 at Azusa Pacific University's Felix Event Center.

The six-team field is set with BYU-Hawaii locked into the sixth seed and Hawai'i Hilo penciled into the fifth slot. Grand Canyon, Hawai'i Pacific, Academy of Art and Dixie State also have clinched playoff berths.

If California Baptist, Hawai'i Pacific and Grand Canyon end up in a three-way tie, CBU would be declared the conference champion because of its 2-1 record vs. the Sea Warriors and the Antelopes.

Since the Lancers are not eligible for the PacWest Tournament because they still are in transition to NCAA Division II status, the top seed would go to HPU because of its win over Grand Canyon. The Antelopes would be the second seed, and both teams would receive first-round byes.

In a two-way tie for first or second place between GCU and HPU, Hawai'i Pacific's victory over the Antelopes gives the Sea Warriors the tiebreaker, including the conference regular-season title if both teams share first place.

Regardless of the outcomes of the remaining games, both Grand Canyon and Hawai'i Pacific have clinched first-round byes.

Academy of Art could tie the Sea Warriors, but the Urban Knights lose the tiebreaker because of their loss to Azusa Pacific. HPU defeated the Cougars earlier this season.

Decoding the HPU and Art U tie starts with the two teams splitting their season series and progresses with each team beating Grand Canyon and losing to California Baptist. The tiebreaker continues down the standings to Azusa Pacific where HPU gets the nod.

BYU-Hawaii and Hawai'i Hilo are set in their game times. The Seasiders will take on the third-seed on Thursday, March 7, at 12:30 p.m. PST to kickoff the tournament.

BYU-Hawaii will face Academy of Art if the Urban Knights defeat Dominican, or if Dixie State loses at Point Loma on March 2. A Dixie State victory and an Art U loss will pit the Red Storm against the Seasiders.

As the fifth seed, Hawai'i Hilo will play at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, against either Academy of Art or Dixie State.

Tournament Schedule

Thursday, March 7 (First Round)

  • #6 BYU-Hawaii vs. #3 Academy of Art/Dixie State - 12:30 p.m. PST
  • #4 Hawai'i Hilo vs. #5 Academy of Art/Dixie State - 3 p.m. PST

Friday, March 8 (Semifinals)

  • #6/#3 winner vs. #2 Grand Canyon/Hawai'i Pacific - 12:30 p.m. PST
  • #4/#5 winner vs. #1 Grand Canyon/Hawai'i Pacific - 3 p.m. PST

Saturday, March 9

  • Championship - 4:30 p.m. PST

Tickets may be purchased each day of the tournament at the box office that will open one hour before each session. To ensure tickets, fans are encouraged to reserve their seats in advance.

Advance tickets for the inaugural PacWest Women's Basketball Championship Tournament are on sale and may be purchased online by clicking PacWest Basketball Tournament, or by calling the Felix Event Center Box Office at 626-815-5494.

A 12-game, three-day All-Tournament Pass for adults is just $35 – or less than $3 per game – while a One-Day Pass is $15 for adults.

The 12-game, three-day All-Tournament Pass is $25 for seniors (60 and better), children (ages 7-17), college students (with ID) and military personnel (with ID). The One-Day Pass for these fans is $10.