BIMINI, Bahamas – The field and schedule for the women’s 2018 Junkanoo Jam at Resorts World Bimini were announced Tuesday by tournament directors. Eight Division-I women’s college basketball teams will compete in the 16th annual Junkanoo Jam, held Nov. 22-24, 2018 at Gateway Christian Academy in Bimini, Bahamas.
The tournament, hosted annually over Thanksgiving, will feature Clemson, Eastern Kentucky, Florida State, Iowa, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UAB, and West Virginia. 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 West Virginia 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.
Teams and fans will stay at the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, the official partner of the Junkanoo Jam. Built in 2016, the resort features eight restaurants and bars, three pools, a casino with a sports book, snorkeling, big game fishing, and is located less than a 10-minute walk from the game site at Gateway Christian Academy.
Located just 50 miles off Florida’s coast, Bimini is the closest Bahamian island to the United States, boasting miles of pristine beaches. Known as Ernest Hemingway’s favorite escape, Bimini showcases the history and culture of the Caribbean. Visitors from around the world travel to Bimini to enjoy its warm weather, expansive beaches, and crystal-clear waters.
For more information about the 2018 Junkanoo Jam and to purchase fan packages, visit www.junkanoojam.com.
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Nov. 22, 2018
Clemson vs. Tennessee at 3 p.m.
UAB vs. Oklahoma at 5:15 p.m.
Nov. 23, 2018
Loser #1 vs. Loser #2 at 7:45 p.m.
Nov. 24, 2018
Winner #1 vs. Winner #2 at 2 p.m.
Nov. 23, 2018
Eastern Kentucky vs. Florida State at 3 p.m.
West Virginia vs. Iowa at 5:15 p.m.
Nov. 24, 2018
Loser #1 vs. Loser #2 at 4:15 p.m.
Winner #1 vs. Winner #2 at 6:45 p.m.
All game times subject to change
All times Eastern Standard Time