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Lady Wildcats Eighth Seed as MEAC Announces Tournament Bracket

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NORFOLK, Va. - The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced late on Thursday its women's basketball pairings and tournament schedule for the 2013 MEAC Basketball Championships, March 11-16, at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.

Bethune-Cookman (12-16, 7-9 MEAC) received the eighth seed and will face ninth-seeded Delaware State (9-20, 6-10 MEAC) on Tuesday, March 12 at 11 a.m. When the teams met in the regular season at Richard V. Moore Gymnasium, DSU topped B-CU, 62-57 in overtime.

The winner of the matchup between the Hornets and Lady Wildcats will face No. 1 overall seed and regular season MEAC Champion, Hampton (25-5, 16-0 MEAC) on Wednesday, March 13 at noon.

The MEAC Tournament will open with game on Monday, March 11, with No. 4 South Carolina State vs. No. 13 Savannah State at 11 a.m. and No. 5 Coppin State vs. No. 12 North Carolina Central at 1:30 p.m.

North Carolina A&T finished 13-3 in MEAC play to secure the number two seed and the runner-up trophy, while Howard earned the third seed with a 12-4 MEAC record. NCAT will meet the winner of No. 7 Florida A&M vs. No. 10 Norfolk State on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. FAMU and NSU will open up tournament play on Tuesday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m. Norfolk State won the tiebreaker over Maryland Eastern Shore to secure the No. 10 spot.

Howard will face the winner of No. 6 Morgan State/No. 11 Maryland Eastern Shore on Monday, March 11 at 4 p.m.  

The 2013 regular season champion, regular season runner-up, first-team all-conference members and top honorees including Player, Rookie, Defensive and Coach of the Year selections, will be recognized in pre-game presentations prior to the honorees' first games in tournament play.

The 2013 MEAC Basketball Championship is a single-elimination format and will conclude on Saturday, March 16 with the men's and women's championship games. 

The women's game will begin at 1 p.m. and will be tape-delayed on ESPNU. It will air the following day, Sunday, March 17, at 11 a.m. The men's finale will begin at 5 p.m. and will broadcast live on ESPNU. 

Preliminary round games will be streamed live on Live statistics of all games will be available on the conference's official website and the tournament's official website,

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