The opening game in the Southwestern Athletic Conference women’s basketball tournament between eighth-seeded Alabama A&M and ninth-seeded Mississippi Valley State was postponed Tuesday.
The SWAC office was reworking the bracket in the wake of top-seeded Texas Southern withdrawing from the tournament after SWAC-imposed suspensions resulting from a brawl with Southern last Saturday left the Lady Tigers unable to field a team.
The changes could affect the runner-up Jaguars’ seeding, opponent and/or game time. Southern is scheduled to play seventh-seeded Grambling at noon Wednesday at the Toyota Center in Houston.
The SWAC announced Tuesday’s postponement in a statement released five hours before the scheduled tip-off.
Here’s the statement:
“Due to changes in the tournament bracket, tonight’s Southwestern Athletic Conference women’s basketball game with Alabama A&M University and Mississippi Valley State University is cancelled. The teams will compete at a later date within the 2015 SWAC tournament.
“All game times for the remainder of the tournament are accurate. There will be matchup changes released at a later time.”
It’s unclear whether A&M and Valley will “compete at a later date within the 2015 SWAC tournament” against each other as scheduled or not. It appears likely that the SWAC will move everyone’s seed up one spot, which would make the Jaguars the No. 1 seed and have them facing Valley.