March 3, 2022 – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has released its women’s pairings for the 2022 MEAC Basketball Tournament, March 9-12 at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.

South Carolina State closed out the regular season with an 74-84 loss to NC Central.  The Lady Bulldogs finished the season at 4-24 overall, 4-10 in the MEAC and earned the No. 6 seed in the MEAC Tournament.

Freshman guard Nicole Gwynn finished with a 24 points and five rebounds, while teammates Trinity Klock added 14 and Nadia Reese 10 in the loss.

Three schools can lay claim to the regular-season championship, but the Bison of Howard University will be the top seed.

Howard, Norfolk State and Morgan State each went 11-3 en route to being the MEAC’s co-champions of the regular season, and all three programs split the meetings with each other. The Bison emerged via tiebreaker thanks to a season sweep of Coppin State, giving them a top seed for the second straight season.

Norfolk State and Morgan State were 1-1 head-to-head and had identical records against every other MEAC program; the Spartans won that tiebreaker via scoring margin against common conference opponents to take the No. 2 seed.

Morgan State will be the No. 3 seed.

Coppin State will be the No. 4 seed, with Maryland Eastern Shore, South Carolina State, North Carolina Central and Delaware State occupying seed lines five through eight.

Wednesday’s quarterfinals will see Howard face Delaware State at 12 p.m., followed by Norfolk State against North Carolina Central. On Thursday, Coppin State will square off against Maryland Eastern Shore in a 4-5 quarterfinal match-up, with Morgan State following with a tilt against South Carolina State.

Friday’s semifinals will begin at 12 p.m.

The 2021-22 regular-season champions, First Team All-MEAC honorees and other award winners, including Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, will be recognized in pre-game presentations prior to the honorees’ first games in the tournament.

The 2022 MEAC Basketball Tournament tips off Wednesday, March 9, and will conclude on Saturday, March 12 with the men’s and women’s championship games. The quarterfinal and semifinal games will be streamed live on ESPN+. The men’s finale will begin at 1 p.m. and will broadcast live on ESPN2.

The women’s game will begin one hour after the end of the men’s game live on ESPN+. The contest will air the following day, Sunday, March 13, at 8 a.m. on ESPNU.

For tournament information, including live stats, log on to www.MEAChoops.com.