BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Mid-South Conference officials released the 2021 MSC Women's Basketball Tournament bracket Saturday following the conclusion of the conference's regular season.
Cumberland and Georgetown finished tied in the regular-season standings. Georgetown earns the higher seed based on its regular-season win over the highest-seeded team in the tournament. Georgetown and Cumberland did not play during the regular season due to multiple cancelations due to COVID protocols.
The Phoenix are scheduled to face against the University of Pikeville Bears in the first round.
The 2021 tournament features opening-round games at on-campus sites with the winners of those games joining the top-four seeds in Bowling Green for the remainder of the tournament.
Opening-round games are slated for Monday, Feb. 22 at the higher-seeded team in the matchup. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27, the semifinals are slated for Monday, March 1, and the championship game is Tuesday, March 2, all at Bowling Green Arena.
Thomas More (Ky.) is the tournament's top seed after winning the regular season with a 17-1 conference record. The Saints captured the title based on their regular-season winning percentage of .957. As the MSC's regular-season champion, the Saints earn one of the conference's two automatic bids into the national tournament.
Campbellsville (Ky.) (12-1, .923 winning percentage) is the second seed, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (13-4, .765) is the third seed, and Cumberlands (Ky.) (10-4, .714) is the fourth seed. All four teams earn a bye into the tournament's quarterfinals.
Fifth-seeded Shawnee State (Ohio) (10-7, .588) hosts No. 12-seed Life (Ga.) (0-12, .000) in Portsmouth, Ohio in the first of four opening-round games. Sixth-seeded Pikeville (Ky.) (9-8, .529) plays host to No. 11-seed Cumberland (Tenn.) (2-11, .154) while No. 7-seed Bethel (Tenn.) hosts No. 9-seed Georgetown (Ky.) (2-11, .154).
Eighth-seeded Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (6-11, .353) hosts No. 9-seed Martin Methodist (Tenn.) in the final opening-round game.
The four opening-round winners advance to the quarterfinals where they will be placed into the quarterfinals based on their seeds -- the lowest remaining seed faces Thomas More, the next lowest remaining seed plays Campbellsville, the third-lowest remaining seed faces Lindsey Wilson, and the highest remaining seed plays Cumberlands.
Quarterfinal action tips off at Noon CT on Saturday.
The tournament champion receives one of the conference's two automatic bids into the NAIA National Tournament. If Thomas More wins the tournament, the tournament's runner-up receives the second automatic bid.