VANCOUVER, B.C. (Aug. 16, 2018) –The 2018 Vancouver Showcase bracket has been announced and the ETSU Buccaneers will play South Carolina in the first round of the tournament. The game is set for Thursday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. ET. This will be the 13th all-time meeting against the Bucs and the Gamecocks.
“It is a tremendous honor for our program to be invited to Vancouver with such a prestigious field,” said head coach Brittney Ezell. “It not only gives us the chance to continue to better our program and players against the nation’s best competition, but it also gives us a chance to expand the brand of East Tennessee State University through the first NCAA certified women’s basketball event held in Canada. We are grateful to BD Global for the selection and look forward to a great week in beautiful, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.”
Defending NCAA Champion Notre Dame will tip-off the inaugural Vancouver Showcase women’s tournament against two-time defending West Coast Conference champion Gonzaga on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. ET at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The loaded field also includes 2017 National Champion South Carolina and Pac-12 power Oregon State. Tournament organizer, bd Global, announced the pairings for the women’s tournament as well as game times for the Men’s Whistler Bracket.
“The Vancouver Showcase women’s tournament is as strong of a draw as anything in women’s NCAA basketball, including the Final Four,” said local tournament organizer Howard Kelsey. “The tournament will showcase Vancouver and its traditionally excellent support for Women In Sports initiatives.”
In addition to boasting the last two national champions, the tournament features six teams thatcompeted in this past season’s NCAA Tournament and three coaches that are a part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (Notre Dame’s Muffett McGraw, Rutgers Vivian Stringer and South Carolina’s Dawn Staley, inducted as a player). The pairings for the women’s tournament are as follows (all times are Pacific):
Game times will be the same on Friday with the semifinals being played at 6 and 8:30 p.m.
Saturday’s evening session featuring the championship/third place games will tip at 5 p.m.
“This is an incredible field in which to christen college basketball to Vancouver, and without question, the best early season tournament in the sport,” said ESPN analyst and women’s tournament director Debbie Antonelli. “It features three teams that finished in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight with Notre Dame, South Carolina and Oregon State, and three other teams that won their respective conference tournaments – Western Kentucky, Drake and Gonzaga. It will strongly resemble an NCAA Tournament regional weekend in Vancouver.”
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