2021 Southern Conference women's basketball tournament: Matchups, players to know & more

Samford and Mercer earned the top seeds in the tournament

The 2021 Southern Conference women’s basketball tournament will determine which team gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.

The conference tournament begins March 4 and runs through March 7. There will be eight teams in the tournament and each game will take place at Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville in Asheville, N.C.

There will be 544 fans allowed to attend the tournament. Seating will be pushed to the upper seating bowl via pods of two people. No fans will be allowed at court level.

Mercer received the automatic bid.

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MARCH 4 – FIRST ROUND

(8) East Tennessee State def. (1) Samford, 68-61.

(4) Wofford def. (5) UNC Greensboro, 78-66

(2) Mercer vs. (7) Western Carolina, 76-67

(6) Furman def. (3) Chattanooga, 58-40

MARCH 5 – SEMIFINALS

(4) Wofford def. (8) East Tennessee State, 75-54

(2) Mercer def. (6) Furman, 81-71

MARCH 7 – CHAMPIONSHIP

(2) Mercer def. (4) Wofford, 60-38

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5 PLAYERS TO KNOW

Andrea Cournoyer, Samford: Cournoyer was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year after leading Samford to the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. She is averaging 18 points and 2.9 assists per game.

Shannon Titus, Mercer: Titus is a senior for Mercer who earned a spot on the all-conference first team this season. She is averaging 13.7 points per game. Jaron Dougherty and Amoria Neal-Tysor are also among the tops in scoring in the conference as well.

Eboni Williams, Chattanooga: Williams was an all-conference and all-defensive player for the Mocs this season. She is averaging 12.7 points and 1.7 steals per game.

Lilly Hatton, Wofford: Hatton is among the best shooters in the conference. While averaging just about 10 points per game, she is shooting 49.7% from the floor.

CeCe Crudup, UNC Greensboro: The senior guard has helped push Greensboro into the fifth seed in the tournament. She is averaging 11.6 points per game this season.