Conway, S.C. (WBTW) — Coastal Carolina will host its first-ever Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Championship game Monday night as the eighth-seeded Chanticleers welcome the ninth seed Arkansas State Red Wolves to the HTC Center for a 7 p.m. contest.
The first round game is part of the new tournament format that the Sun Belt rolled out for the 2018-19 season. Only the top 10 teams in the Sun Belt make the conference tournament. The top six teams receive a first-round bye and advance straight to New Orleans, La., while the 7-10 teams play a first round game on campus sites with the seventh and eighth seeds hosting. The winners of the first round games will then advance to New Orleans.
Tickets for Monday’s game are $8 for adults and $5 for youth and can be purchased by visiting GoCCUSports.com or calling the Chanticleer Athletic Ticket Office at 843-347-8499. Like all regular season home games, Coastal Carolina’s clear bag policy will be in effect.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ with Zeke Beam and John Peters calling the action. Chanticleer fans in the Conway and Myrtle Beach areas can also listen to Enoch Davis call the game on WRNN 99.5 FM, while fans outside of the area can listen to the radio broadcast online. Updates will additionally be provided on Twitter by following @CoastalWBB.
Coastal and Arkansas State met just once in the regular season on Jan. 26 at the HTC Center. The Chants won 88-72 as Caitlin Roche scored a career-high 28 points and DJ Williams added 23 points. Coastal had to overcome a second-half deficit, but finished the game on a 19-2 run in addition to outscoring A-State 23-5 in the fourth quarter.
The Chants and Red Wolves have played each other five times since Coastal joined the Sun Belt. Coastal leads the series 3-2 and has won each of the last two games played between the schools. Monday will mark the first time that Coastal and A-State meet each other in a Sun Belt Championship Tournament game.
Coastal is 1-2 historically in Sun Belt Championship Tournament action. As the eighth seed in 2017, the Chants fell to No. 9 Appalachian State in the first round. As the seventh seed in 2018, Coastal defeated No. 10 Georgia State in the first round before falling to No. 2 Texas State in the quarterfinals.
The winner of Monday’s game will advance to Lakefront Arena in New Orleans to play in the 11:30 a.m. second round game on Wednesday against No. 5 Appalachian State. The quarterfinals will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday. The semifinals will be played at the same times on Friday. The championship game will be played at 11 a.m. on Saturday. All games will be broadcast on ESPN+, with the exception of the championship game on ESPN3. All game times listed are Central Time.