Unbeaten Lady Lions earn top seed in AMC Women's Basketball Tournament

Unbeaten Lady Lions earn top seed in AMC Women's Basketball Tournament

Sat, Feb. 25, 2017 - [Women's Basketball]

Courtesy of American Midwest Conference

ST. LOUIS, Mo – The American Midwest Conference women’s basketball regular season wrapped up on Saturday afternoon, and on Saturday evening, the AMC Championship Bracket was announced. Eight teams will continue their season, with seven teams hoping to earn a berth to the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship in Billings, Montana.

The Freed-Hardeman University Lady Lions have already locked up their place at the NAIA Championship. The Lady Lions wrapped up a perfect 30-0 regular season on Saturday afternoon, completing the first unbeaten regular season in NAIA Division I women’s basketball since 2013-14. FHU led the AMC in 12 statistical categories, including scoring defense (48.3 ppg), turnover margin (+6.5/game), and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.30).

The 2015-16 AMC regular season champion Lyon College Scots fell off only one spot in the final standings this season, securing the #2 seed in the AMC Championship with a 21-3 conference record. The Scots lost twice in AMC play to Freed-Hardeman, and once to Columbia College, but that was it as they posted an 11-1 home mark in the AMC. The Scots featured the AMC’s leading scoring offense, tallying nearly 77 points per contest and making better than 45% of their field goal attempts – a number which also led the AMC.

The Columbia Cougars and Lindenwood University-Belleville Lady Lynx earned the #3 and #4 seeds, respectively, to secure the final two home games in the AMC Championship. The Cougars posted an 11-1 home record in AMC play, and they led the AMC in 3-point field goals made per game (9.23) and total 3-pointers made (277). Lindenwood-Belleville had a tremendous season as well, setting a new program record with 22 wins on the campaign.

William Woods University slid into the #5 seed, the Harris-Stowe State University Hornets took the #6 spot, the #7 Seed went to the Missouri Baptist University Spartans, and the Williams Baptist College Eagles claimed the #8 seed and the final spot in the field on a tiebreaker over Stephens College.

The Championship will run on Wednesday, March 1; Friday, March 3; and Monday March 6. The higher seed will host each match-up, and the bracket will not be re-seeded prior to the semifinal round. All games in the AMC Championship will be streamed live and on demand on the AMC Sports Network, with the host schools handling the production of the broadcasts.

The All-Academic honorees and the Champions of Character Team representatives from each participating institution will be recognized prior to the start of each quarterfinal game, and the AMC All-Conference Team will be announced following the championship game on Monday, March 6.

For all the up-to-date information on the AMC Women’s Basketball Championship, please follow the progress of the tournament on the Championship page of the AMC website at www.amcsportsonline.com/17_amcwbb_champ.

Tournament Schedule

Quarterfinals - Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Game 1 - #8 Williams Baptist at #1 Freed-Hardeman

Game 2 - #5 William Woods at #4 Lindenwood-Belleville

Game 3 - #6 Harris-Stowe at #3 Columbia

Game 4 - #7 Missouri Baptist at #2 Lyon College

Semifinals - Friday, March 3, 2017

Game 5 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 at Higher Seed

Game 6 - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 at Higher Seed

Championship Game - Monday, March 6

Game 7 - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 at Higher Seed