Mountain West Announces 2016 Women's Basketball Championship Bracket
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado State (28-1, 18-0) won the 2015-16 Mountain West regular-season title and enters the 2016 MW Women’s Basketball Championship as the No. 1 seed. The tournament will be held March 7-9 and 11 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Fresno State (19-10) finished second in the regular-season standings with a 15-3 Conference record and earned the No. 2 seed. Boise State (19-10, 12-6) is the No. 3 seed, followed by San José State (13-16, 11-7) at the No. 4 seed. New Mexico (16-13) will be the No. 5 seed with a 9-9 MW record, based on its tiebreaker against sixth-seeded UNLV (16-13, 9-9). Utah State (13-16, 8-10) is the No. 7 seed. San Diego State (11-18, 6-12) tied for eighth in the standings with Wyoming (13-15, 6-12) and earned the No. 8 seed based on the tiebreaker. Nevada (5-24, 4-14) is the No. 10 seed, and Air Force (1-28, 1-17) rounds out the bracket as the 11th.
San Diego State and Wyoming will get the tournament started on Monday, March 7 at 2 p.m. PT with the No. 8 vs. No. 9 game. The winner will face No. 1 seed Colorado State in the quarterfinals. It will be the fifth meeting between the Aztecs and Cowgirls in the MW Tournament. SDSU holds the advantage in the MW tournament matchups, 3-1. The all-time series is tied at 26-26 with the Aztecs taking the 2015-16 series, 2-0. The Cowgirls are 7-16 all-time in the MW Championship, while the Aztecs are 13-14.
Monday’s first round games continue with No. 7 Utah State against No. 10 Nevada at 4:30 p.m. PT, followed by No. 6 UNLV against No. 11 Air Force at 7 p.m. The Aggies and Wolf Pack will meet for the first time in the MW tournament. USU is 1-2 in Championship action, while Nevada is 2-3 going into its fourth MW Championship. The Aggies hold a 13-11 edge in the all-time series after sweeping this season’s series, 2-0. It will be the first time that UNLV and Air Force have met in MW postseason competition. The Lady Rebels are 9-16 in the MW Championship, while Air Force is 2-16. UNLV has a 35-5 record against the Falcons.
Tuesday’s quarterfinal games begin with No. 1 Colorado State against the winner of the 8/9 match-up at Noon PT. If San Diego State advances, it will be the second meeting between the two programs in the MW Tournament. SDSU leads the all-time series against the Rams, 27-24, but CSU took the 2015-16 series. If Wyoming advances, it would be the eighth meeting between the institutions in MW Tournament play, with the Rams holding a 5-2 advantage. Colorado State beat the Cowgirls twice this season to improve its series record to 48-45. The Rams are 12-15 in the MW Championship, winning the tournament title in 2001.
No. 4 seed San José State meets No. 5 New Mexico at 2:30 p.m. PT on Tuesday. This will be the first meeting between the two teams in the MW Tournament. The teams split the regular-season series and the Lobos hold a 6-1 mark in the all-time series. The Spartans are 2-2 in the MW Championship. New Mexico is 27-10 in the MW Championship, earning the crown five times (2003, ’04, ’05, ’07, ’08).
The evening session of quarterfinals begins with No. 2 Fresno State against the winner of Utah State-Nevada at 6 p.m. PT. It will be the first meeting in MW Tournament action between FS and Utah State if the Aggies advance. It would mark the second pairing between the Bulldogs and Wolf Pack this year. Fresno State took the regular-season series 2-0 from USU and are 19-2 against the Aggies all-time. The Bulldogs swept Nevada 2-0 in 2015-16 and hold a 40-10 advantage all-time. Fresno State is 7-1 all-time in MW Championship action.
No. 3 Boise State will take on the advancing team of the UNLV-Air Force match-up in the nightcap at 8:30 p.m. PT. The Broncos are the defending tournament champions. Boise State has never played Air Force in MW postseason action and has faced UNLV just once. The Broncos split the 2015-16 series with the Lady Rebels and won the lone meeting with the Falcons. They are 10-1 all-time against Air Force and 7-6 against UNLV. Boise State is 4-3 in tournament play since joining the Mountain West.
The four remaining teams will play in the semifinals on Wednesday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. PT. The teams will be playing for the chance to play in Friday’s Championship final at Noon PT on the Mountain West Network and earn the league’s automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
MW Championship Notes
- The MW Championship has produced seven different champions in 16 years. New Mexico is the only institution to win three consecutive titles (2003-2005) and five overall (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008). Fresno State has won two MW crowns (2013, 2014) in its first three seasons of membership in the league. San Diego State (2010, 2012) earned its second title four seasons ago and Colorado State won the crown in 2001. Boise State is the defending champion.
- The No. 1 seed has won the tournament title only five times in 16 years. San Diego State got through unscathed in 2012 as the No. 1 seed for its second crown. New Mexico won the championship as the No. 1 seed in 2004 and 2005, while former member Utah won the championship in 2000 and 2009 as the top seed.
- New Mexico is 5-2 when reaching the title game, while San Diego State is 2-3 in the tournament finale. The Aztecs and Lobos are 1-1 in championship game match-ups. Fresno State is 2-0 in when playing for the crown.
- Six current MW teams have reached the championship game. New Mexico has advanced to the title game seven times, while San Diego State has five appearances. Colorado State and Fresno State have played for the crown twice, and Boise State and UNLV have been in the championship game once.
All games are Pacific Time.
All-session and single-session tickets for the 2016 Mountain West Conference Women’s Basketball Championship are now on sale. Go to TheMW.com/2016 for more information.
For the third consecutive year, the Mountain West Network on Campus Insiders will provide comprehensive coverage of the Mountain West Basketball Championships, which will be held March 7-12 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. All 10 women's tournament games, as well as the three men's first round contests, will be broadcast exclusively by the MWN. In addition, postgame press conference from all 20 tournament games will be available live.
Fans can watch all of the live MWN broadcasts for free, whether live or on-demand, on the Mountain West Network at TheMW.com. These broadcasts will also be available on each institution's official athletics website, as well as on CampusInsiders.com. Fans can also download the official mobile applications of the Mountain West and Campus Insiders on their iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices to tune in to the action. Visit the App Store or Google Play for details on the MW's free applications.
Thanks to its partnership with Campus Insiders, the Mountain West Network will also have unprecedented availability throughout the 2016 MW Basketball Championships on connected and over-the-top devices. All 10 games of the Mountain West women’s basketball tournament can be watched on go90, a free mobile video app available across any wireless carrier. The Mountain West women’s basketball tournament will be exclusively available to go90-registered Verizon Wireless subscribers. In addition, each of the three MW men's basketball tournament first-round contests can be viewed on connected TV devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Download the Campus Insiders application for those devices to bring the Mountain West Network to your big screen.
The Mountain West Network and Campus Insiders will also produce on-demand video content throughout the MW Basketball Championships, including highlight packages and interviews with head coaches and student-athletes from around the league.
Fans should also follow along via the Mountain West's Basketball Championships Central, as well as its social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. Visit the MW's Social Media Hub for direct access and links to each of those accounts, along with social media information for the MW membership. Plus, be sure to utilize the #MWMadness hashtag throughout the tournament.