Women's Basketball to participate in The U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournament
May 4, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Women’s Basketball team joins an elite field selected to participate in The U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournament in November at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI.
Eight teams will participate in the 10th annual event, including Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Rutgers, San Diego State, South Carolina, Southern California and UT.
The Longhorns are among six teams in this year’s tournament field to have also competed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. OU advanced to the Final Four, Rutgers was a Sweet Sixteen participant and Mississippi State and San Diego State advanced to the NCAA Second Round. UT and Notre Dame bowed out in the first round of NCAA tournament action.
UT won the tournament crown in 2001 with a narrow victory over USC. Rutgers won the 2004 crown, and South Carolina won the 2002 championship.
The Paradise Jam consists of two separate tournament divisions. Each is a four-team, three-game round-robin event. One is called the "Island Division” tournament and the other is called the “Reef Division” tournament.
The Longhorns will compete in the “Reef Division,” which opens play on Nov. 26 when Southern California and Rutgers face off at 7 p.m. UT will then take on Mississippi State in an NCAA Tournament first-round rematch at 9:30 p.m. The Longhorns will also face Southern California on Nov. 27, and Rutgers on Nov. 28.
The “Island Division” includes OU, San Diego State, Notre Dame and South Carolina. Competition begins on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, with a 2 p.m. matchup between South Carolina and Oklahoma, followed by the 4:30 p.m. game between San Diego State and Notre Dame. Games continue on Nov. 27 with Notre Dame and South Carolina at 2 p.m., and OU vs. San Diego State at 4:30 p.m. Competition concludes on Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. with San Diego State vs. South Carolina, followed at 4:30 p.m. by Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame.
All game times are listed as Atlantic Standard Time, which is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Games will be played at the U.V.I. Sports and Fitness Center, the Caribbean’s premier basketball facility located in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.