The Lady Toppers (20-9, 13-7 SBC) needed some help to finish third after Saturday’s 71-54 loss to Middle Tennessee at E.A. Diddle Arena.
They got that help from Arkansas-Little Rock, which beat Arkansas State 58-51 on Saturday and sent the Red Wolves to a fourth-place finish.
WKU will play the winner of No. 6 North Texas and No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette at 2 p.m. March 9 in the tournament quarterfinals after a first-round bye.
The order for seeding is as follows: Middle Tennessee, UALR, WKU, Arkansas State, Florida International, North Texas, South Alabama, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana-Monroe, Troy and Louisiana-Lafayette.
WKU’s draw means it’ll be on the opposite side of the bracket from MTSU, Arkansas State and FIU – teams it went a combined 1-5 against in the regular season.
The Lady Tops’ combined record against their half of the bracket is 8-2, while their record against the opposite side is 5-5.
UALR’s victory over Arkansas State means the Trojans will receive an automatic bid to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament if MTSU wins the conference title. The Lady Raiders will get the automatic WNIT bid if anyone else wins the league championship.