Mountaineer Women To Participate in Tournament In The Bahamas
West Virginia’s women’s basketball team will spend Thanksgiving in the sun.
The Mountaineers will be one of eight teams taking part in the women’s 2018 Junkanoo Jam at Resorts World Bimini, which is in the Bahamas. The 16th annual Junkanoo Jam will take place Nov. 22-24 at Gateway Christian Academy in Bimini.
Besides WVU, the tournament will also feature Clemson, Eastern Kentucky, Florida State, Iowa, Oklahoma, Tennessee and UAB. The field will be split into two divisions of four teams, the Junkanoo and Bimini Divisions, and each division will crown a champion. Florida State, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Tennessee all return to the Bahamas as past Junkanoo Jam champions with Oklahoma winning most recently in 2015.
“We’re extremely excited to announce the women’s field for this year,” tournament director Becky Adams said. “These teams are some of the best programs in women’s college basketball, and we can’t wait to get them on island to enjoy everything Bimini offers.”
The Junkanoo Division features Clemson, Oklahoma, Tennessee and UAB. The Clemson Tigers and Tennessee Lady Vols will tip off the 2018 event Thursday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m., followed by UAB and Oklahoma at 5:15 p.m. Losing teams will return to Gateway Christian Academy the following day to compete for third place with tipoff scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Winning teams will have a one-day respite before facing off in the division championship at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24.
The Bimini Division will tip off Friday, Nov. 23 and feature Eastern Kentucky, Florida State, Iowa and West Virginia. Eastern Kentucky and Florida State will compete in the opening game at 3 p.m., followed by WVU and Iowa at 5:15 p.m. Competition concludes Saturday, Nov. 24 with the third-place game at 4:15 p.m. and the championship game at 6:45 p.m.