The 2019 Southeastern Conference women’s basketball tournament gets underway Wednesday, March 6. It’s the first year of a three-year run for the tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

That’s just the beginning for Greenville hoops fans, though. Greenville will host the NCAA women’s basketball regional in 2020 and the first and second rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in 2022.

The SEC women were last in Greenville in 2017, a tournament the University of South Carolina Gamecocks won on their way to a national championship.

USC and Mississippi State have played in the last three SEC women’s championship games, and there’s a good chance they’ll make it to the finals this year, too. While the final seeds for the tournament won’t be determined until after this weekend’s slate of games, USC and Mississippi State have been at the top of the conference standings. Kentucky and Texas A&M are up there, too.

USC has won the last four SEC tournaments. But if the Gamecocks extend that streak, they’ll have to do it without A’ja Wilson, USC’s all-time leading scorer and three-time consensus first-team All-American and the WNBA Rookie of the Year in 2018.

In 2017, more than 36,000 people attended the tournament and poured $1.7 million into Greenville’s economy.

Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament

  • When: March 6-10
    • The tournament begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday when the No. 12 and No. 13 seeds square off.
    • There are a total of seven sessions and 13 games.
    • The championship game is set for 2 p.m. Sunday.
  • Where: Bon Secours Wellness Arena
  • Tickets: Single session: Wednesday and Thursday, $15 each; Friday, $20; Saturday (semifinals), $25; Sunday (championship), $25.
    • Reserved ticket books: $120 (one ticket for each session).

Teams playing in the 2019 Tournament 

Alabama

  • Players to watch: 
    • Cierra Johnson, Jordan Lewis, Jasmine Walker
  • Did you know?
    • Johnson was last year’s Junior College Player of the Year.

 


 

Arkansas

  • Players to watch:
    • Chelsea Dungee and Malica Monk
  • Did you know?
    • Dungee had a career game against Auburn on Feb. 10. She scored 41 points with all but nine coming in the second half.

Auburn

  • Players to watch:
    • Janiah McKay and Unique Thompson
  • Did you know?
    • Auburn, which finished second in the country last year in steals, leads the SEC in that category this year.

Florida

  • Players to watch:
    • Funda Nakkasoglu and Delicia Washington
  • Did you know?
    • Nakkasoglu is second-highest among active players in the SEC in points scored.

Georgia

  • Players to watch:
    • Caliya Robinson and Taja Cole
  • Did you know?
    • Robinson is among the SEC’s active career top 10 leaders in points, rebounds, blocks, and steals.

Kentucky

  • Players to watch:
    • Rhyne Howard, Maci Morris, Taylor Murray
  • Did you know?
    • Coach Matthew Mitchell is the winningest women’s basketball coach in school history and is the fifth Kentucky basketball coach to win 250 games (the others are men’s basketball coaches Adolph Rupp, Joe B. Hall, Tubby Smith, and John Calipari).

LSU

  • Players to watch:
    • Ayana Mitchell, Khayla Pointer
  • Did you know?
    • LSU’s scoring defense is ranked in the top 10 in the nation.

Mississippi

  • Players to watch:
    • Crystal Allen, Mimi Reid, Shandricka Sessom
      • Did you know?
        • Head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin, an assistant coach at Clemson from 2011-13, has served as the head coach for the Bahamian national team since 2013.

Mississippi State

  • Players to watch:
    • Teaira McCowan, Anriel Howard, Jazzmun Holmes
  • Did you know?
    • McCowan was 2018 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 and is a semifinalist this year.

Missouri

  • Players to watch:
    • Sophie Cunningham and Amber Smith
  • Did you know?
    • Cunningham is the third player in program history to score 2,000 points or more.

 


 

South Carolina

  • Players to watch:
    • Te’a Cooper, Alexis Jennings, Tyasha Harris
  • Did you know?
    • South Carolina has won the last four SEC tournaments.

Tennessee

  • Players to watch:
    • Evina Westbrook and Rennia Davis.
  • Did you know?
    • Tennessee has won 18 SEC regular season championships and 17 SEC tournaments.

Texas A&M

  • Players to watch:
    • Chennedy Carter, Kayla Wells, N’dea Jones
  • Did you know?
    • Texas A&M has the youngest starting lineup in the SEC.

Vanderbilt

  • Players to watch:
    • Mariella Fasoula, Cierra Walker
  • Did you know?
    • Fasoula played on the Greece national team in FIBA World Cup in fall 2018.
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