2017 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament

The 2017 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament was played from Friday, March 17 to Sunday, April 2, 2017, with the Final Four played at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on March 31 and April 2. This was the first time that the women's Final Four was played in Dallas and the first time since 2002 that the Final Four games were played on Friday and Sunday, rather than Sunday and Tuesday.[1] South Carolina defeated Mississippi State to win the championship.

2017 NCAA Division I
women's basketball tournament
Finals siteAmerican Airlines Center
Dallas, Texas
ChampionsSouth Carolina Gamecocks (1st title, 1st title game,
2nd Final Four)
Runner-upMississippi State Bulldogs (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coachDawn Staley (1st title)
MOPA'ja Wilson (South Carolina)
NCAA Division I women's tournaments
«2016 2018»

Tennessee continued its record streak of making every NCAA women's basketball tournament at 36 consecutive appearances. UConn also continued its record streak of 10 consecutive Final Four appearances.

2017 NCAA tournament schedule and venues edit

The first two rounds, also referred to as the subregionals, were played at the sites of the top 16 seeds, as was done in 2016. The following are the sites that hosted each round of the 2017 tournament.

First and second rounds

Regional semifinals and finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight)

Oklahoma City
2017 NCAA Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red) (Hover over city to see link to arena.)

National semifinals and championship (Final Four and championship)

  1. ^ As the #2 seed in their region, Stanford University was entitled to host the first and second rounds at Maples Pavilion but was unable to do so due to a scheduling conflict. As a result, hosting rights reverted to the next-highest seed in Stanford's pod of four teams, #7 Kansas State.

Tournament procedure edit

Pending any changes to the format, a total of 64 teams will enter the 2017 tournament. Thirty-two automatic bids shall be awarded to each program that wins their conference's tournament. The remaining 36 bids are "at-large", with selections extended by the NCAA Selection Committee. The tournament is split into four regional tournaments, and each regional has teams seeded from 1 to 16, with the committee ostensibly making every region as comparable to the others as possible.[citation needed] The top-seeded team in each region plays the #16 team, the #2 team plays the #15, etc. (meaning where the two seeds add up to 17, that team will be assigned to play another).

The basis for the subregionals returned to the approach used between 1982 and 2002; the top sixteen teams, as chosen in the bracket selection process, hosted the first two rounds on campus.

The Selection Committee will also seed the entire field from 1 to 64.

Selections for the 2017 NCAA Division I women's basketball championship were announced at 7 p.m. Eastern time, Monday, March 13 via ESPN.

Subregionals tournament and automatic qualifiers edit

Automatic qualifiers edit

The following teams automatically qualified for the 2017 NCAA field by virtue of winning their conference's tournament.

Conference Team Appearance Last bid
ACC Notre Dame 24th 2016
America East Albany 6th 2016
American UConn 29th 2016
Atlantic 10 Dayton 7th 2015
Atlantic Sun Florida Gulf Coast 4th 2015
Big 12 West Virginia 12th 2016
Big East Marquette 10th 2011
Big Sky Montana State 2nd 1993
Big South UNC Asheville 3rd 2016
Big Ten Maryland 25th 2016
Big West Long Beach State 12th 1992
Colonial Elon 1st Never
C-USA WKU 19th 2015
Horizon Green Bay 17th 2016
Ivy Penn 5th 2016
MAAC Quinnipiac 3rd 2015
MAC Toledo 8th 2001
MEAC Hampton 9th 2014
Missouri Valley Drake 11th 2007
Mountain West Boise State 4th 2015
Northeast Robert Morris 5th 2016
Ohio Valley Belmont 3rd 2016
Pac-12 Stanford 31st 2016
Patriot Bucknell 3rd 2008
SEC South Carolina 14th 2016
Southern Chattanooga 15th 2016
Southland Central Arkansas 2nd 2016
SWAC Texas Southern 1st Never
Summit Western Illinois 2nd 1995
Sun Belt Troy 3rd 2016
West Coast Gonzaga 9th 2015
WAC New Mexico State 5th 2016

Tournament seeds edit

Bridgeport Regional – Webster Bank Arena,
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Seed School Conference Record RPI[3] Berth type
1 UConn American 32–0 1 Auto
2 Duke ACC 27–5 8 At-large
3 Maryland Big Ten 30–2 16 Auto
4 UCLA Pac-12 23–8 9 At-large
5 Texas A&M SEC 21–11 22 At-large
6 West Virginia Big 12 23–10 40 Auto
7 Temple American 24–7 18 At-large
8 Syracuse ACC 21–10 31 At-large
9 Iowa State Big 12 18–12 60 At-large
10 Oregon Pac-12 21–13 36 At-large
11 Elon Colonial 27–6 21 Auto
12 Pennsylvania Ivy League 22–7 50 Auto
13 Boise State Mountain West 25–7 47 Auto
14 Bucknell Patriot 27–5 62 Auto
15 Hampton Mid-Eastern 20–12 151 Auto
16 Albany America East 21–11 113 Auto
Oklahoma City Regional – Chesapeake Energy Arena,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Seed School Conference Record RPI Berth type
1 Baylor Big 12 30–3 7 At-large
2 Mississippi St. SEC 29–4 5 At-large
3 Washington Pac-12 27–5 10 At-large
4 Louisville ACC 27–7 11 At-large
5 Tennessee SEC 19–11 19 At-large
6 Oklahoma Big 12 22–9 20 At-large
7 DePaul Big East 26–7 17 At-large
8 LSU SEC 20–11 37 At-large
9 California Pac-12 19–13 56 At-large
10 UNI Missouri Valley 24–8 52 At-large
11 Gonzaga WCC 26–6 66 Auto
12 Dayton A-10 22–9 33 Auto
13 Chattanooga Southern 21–10 68 Auto
14 Montana St. Big Sky 25–6 65 Auto
15 Troy Sun Belt 22–10 106 Auto
16 Texas Southern SWAC 23–9 169 Auto
Lexington Regional – Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
Seed School Conference Record RPI Berth type
1 Notre Dame ACC 30–3 2 Auto
2 Stanford Pac-12 28–5 6 Auto
3 Texas Big 12 23–8 13 At-large
4 Kentucky SEC 21–10 14 At-large
5 Ohio St. Big 10 26–6 27 At-large
6 North Carolina St. ACC 22–8 39 At-large
7 Kansas St. Big 12 22–10 24 At-large
8 Green Bay Horizon 27–5 28 Auto
9 Purdue Big 10 22–12 58 At-large
10 Drake Missouri Valley 28–4 26 Auto
11 Auburn SEC 17–14 45 At-large
12 Western Ky. Conference USA 27–6 35 Auto
13 Belmont Ohio Valley 27–5 57 Auto
14 Central Ark. Southland 26–4 82 Auto
15 New Mexico St. WAC 24–6 137 Auto
16 Robert Morris NEC 22–10 181 Auto
Stockton Regional – Stockton Arena, Stockton, California
Seed School Conference Record RPI Berth type
1 South Carolina SEC 27–4 3 Auto
2 Oregon St. Pac-12 29–4 4 At-large
3 Florida St. ACC 25–6 12 At-large
4 Miami (FL) ACC 23–8 15 At-large
5 Marquette Big East 25–7 29 Auto
6 Missouri SEC 21–10 25 At-large
7 Creighton Big East 23–7 23 At-large
8 Arizona St. Pac-12 19–12 34 At-large
9 Michigan St. Big 10 21–11 42 At-large
10 Toledo Mid-American 25–8 44 Auto
11 South Fla. American 24–8 30 At-large
12 Quinnipiac MAAC 27–6 32 Auto
13 Florida Gulf Coast Atlantic Sun 26–8 80 Auto
14 Western Ill. Summit 25–6 59 Auto
15 Long Beach St. Big West 23–10 111 Auto
16 UNC Asheville Big South 19–14 197 Auto

Tournament records edit

  • Kentucky's Evelyn Akhator recorded 23 rebounds in a second-round game against Ohio State, tied for second most ever  in an NCAA tournament game.
  • Duke held Hampton to 2 points in the second period of a first-round game, the fewest points scored in a period in an NCAA tournament game.
  • Baylor beat Texas Southern by 89 points in a first-round game, the largest margin of victory in an NCAA tournament game.
  • Texas A&M was behind by 21 points to Penn (58–37) in the fourth period of a first-round game, but came back to win 63–61.
  • Washington made 18 three-pointers in a second-round game against Oklahoma, the most ever made in an NCAA tournament game.
  • UConn's Kia Nurse made 22 three-pointers in the tournament, the most ever made in an NCAA tournament. Aari McDonald tied the record in 2021.[4]
  • Nurse made 9 threes in the 2nd round against Syracuse, the most ever made in an NCAA tournament game.[5]

Games edit

Bridgeport Regional, Bridgeport, CT edit

First round edit

  • UConn took on the America East champion, in a first-round game between the top-seeded Huskies and the 16 seed Albany. The Huskies scored the first nine points, but the Great Danes cut the lead to three points 10–7 early in the first quarter. Despite leading 58–32 at halftime, the halftime discussion among the players was how to boost their intensity on defense. The Huskies held Albany to 23 points in the second half and went on to win the game 116–55.[6][7]
  • Iowa State chose to concentrate their defensive efforts on Syracuse's top two scoring threats, Britney Sykes and Alexis Peterson, but Gabby Cooper made them pay by hitting five three-pointers in the first seven minutes of the game. By the end of the first quarter, Syracuse had a 25-point lead. Although Iowa State outscored Syracuse the remainder of the game, the damage had been done and the eighth-seeded Syracuse team defeated the ninth-seeded Iowa State team 85–65. Cooper scored early for Syracuse but Sykes ended up with 28 points and Peterson with 25.[8][9]
  • Despite being the 12 seed, Penn dominated the fifth-seeded Texas A&M for the first three quarters of the game. The Quakers had a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter when the Aggies switched to a full-court press which turned out to be effective as it forced seven turnovers in the quarter. This, combined with their inability to shoot, missing their last 10 shots, created the greatest comeback in NCAA tournament history. The previous record was 16 points, but this game set a new record at 21 points. Texas A&M ended up with the 63–61 win over Penn.[10][11]
  • UCLA took on Boise State in a matchup between the 4 seed and the 13 seed. The Bruins scored 15 points before the Broncos had their first point. UCLA hit 58% of their shots and a slightly higher percentage, 59%, from beyond the arc. Billings had 19 points for the Bruins while Jordin Canada tied a school record with 16 assists, to go along with her 15 points. UCLA ended up with the win 83–56.[12][13]
  • Sixth-seeded West Virginia took on 11th-seeded Elon, playing in their first ever NCAA tournament. Despite having beaten Baylor in the Big 12 Conference tournament, the Mountaineers remained in a close game with the Phoenix for much of the game. The score was tied at 53 points apiece when the mountaineers ran off 10 straight points to open up a 10-point margin. Tynice Martin scored 26 points for West Virginia and Katrina Pardee hit two crucial three-pointers to help West Virginia to the 75–62 win. Elon is coached by Charlotte Smith who hit one of the most memorable shots in NCAA tournament history when she had a three-pointer in the final second of the 1994 championship game to seal the win for North Carolina.[14][15]
  • Oregon had not been in the tournament for 12 years but made the most of it. Seeded 10th, they took on the 7th-seeded Temple Owls in a first-round game which came down to the final seconds. The Duck's Ruthy Hebard sank a basket with 5½ seconds to go in the game that proved to be the winning basket. The Owls attempted a final shot but the freshman Hebard blocked it as time expired to give the Ducks a 71–70 victory.[16][17]
  • Hampton faced Duke in a first-round matchup between two teams that did not make the tournament last year. The Pirates had a "horrendous" second quarter scoring only two points against the Blue Devils 31. Rebecca Greenwell had a double double with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Duke who went on to win easily 94–31. Duke's Kyra Lambert left the game with an knee injury in the second quarter and did not return.[18][19][20]

Bracket edit

First round
Round of 64
March 17–18
Second Round
Round of 32
March 19–20
Regional semifinals
Sweet 16
March 25
Regional Final
Elite 8
March 27
1 UConn 116
16 Albany 55
1 UConn 94
Storrs, Connecticut (Sat/Mon)
8 Syracuse 64
8 Syracuse 85
9 Iowa State 65
1 UConn 86
4 UCLA 71
5 Texas A&M 63
12 Penn 61
5 Texas A&M 43
Los Angeles, California (Sat/Mon)
4 UCLA 75
4 UCLA 83
13 Boise State 56
1 UConn 90
10 Oregon 52
6 West Virginia 75
11 Elon 62
6 West Virginia 56
College Park, Maryland (Fri/Sun)
3 Maryland 83
3 Maryland 103
14 Bucknell 61
3 Maryland 63
10 Oregon 77
7 Temple 70
10 Oregon 71
10 Oregon 74
Durham, North Carolina (Sat/Mon)
2 Duke 65
2 Duke 94
15 Hampton 31
  • The Texas A&M–Penn game saw the biggest comeback in the history of the women's tournament, as Texas A&M erased a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The previous record was 16 points by Notre Dame in 2001 and Michigan State in 2005.[21]

Bridgeport Regional Final edit

March 27
7:00 PM
Connecticut 90, Oregon 52
Scoring by quarter: 28–13, 21–11, 23–19, 18–9
Pts: N. Collier 28
Rebs: N. Collier 12
Asts: K. Nurse 7
Pts: S. Ionescu 15
Rebs: S. Ionescu 8
Asts: M. Cazorla/M. McGwire 4
Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT
Attendance: 8,978
Referees: Mark Zentz, Felicia Grinter, Penny Davis

Bridgeport Regional All-Tournament team edit

Oklahoma City Regional, Oklahoma City, OK edit

First round edit

  • UConn had tied the tournament record for points in a game early in the day with 116 points, but Baylor set a new record, scoring 119 points against Texas Southern, appearing in their first ever tournament. The Bears scored the first 22 points of the game before Texas Southern could score. In addition to setting a record for the highest score in an NCAA tournament game, Baylor shattered the margin of victory record, previously 74 points, by holding Texas Southern to 30 points, thus setting a new margin of victory record at 89 points.[22][23][24]
  • California opened up an early lead against LSU, extending the lead to as many as 10 points. LSU played from behind much of the game but closed the lead — the teams were tied at 50 points each with just under a minute and a half left in the game. Cal's Asha Thomas hit a three to give the Bears the lead. LSU had several chances to respond, but down by one point with 10 seconds left, LSU's Alexis Hyder drove from the left side attempting to make a game winning layup but Kristine Anigwe was there and blocked the ball. There was a scramble for the ball which resulted in two foul shots for Anigwe who hit them both to give California a 55–52 win.[25][26]
  • Fifth-seeded Tennessee led 12th-seeded Dayton at the end of the first quarter 20–9, but Dayton responded with a 20–9 run of their own to tie the game up to 29 points apiece at halftime. Tennessee took over again in the third quarter, but this time the Flyers were unable to respond in Tennessee finished with the win 66–57.[27][28]
  • Thirteenth-seeded Chattanooga kept the game close against fourth-seeded Louisville for much of the game, but the Cardinals went on a 20–6 run in the final quarter, led by Asia Durr, to open up a large lead the Mocs could never overcome. The Cardinals won 82–62.[29][30]
  • Oklahoma faced Gonzaga, a matchup between the 6 and 11 seeds. The Sooners started off strong and held a 13-point lead at the end of the first quarter 2 –16. That margin would match the final margin of victory, although the Bulldogs cut the lead to five points twice in the fourth quarter. Vionise Pierre-Louis was close to a triple-double for Oklahoma with 17 points nine rebounds and nine block shots. The final score was 75–62.[31][32][33]
  • Washington, the third seed, took on Montana State the 14 seed. Although Washington led early, they could not create much separation between themselves and the Bobcats. Although Montana State's Peyton Ferris was only 5'9", she was asked to play in the post. Despite the size advantage of Washington she was effective and ended the game with 33 points. She fouled out with just under three minutes left in the game as fans of both teams gave her a standing ovation for her performance. Although Montana State kept the game reasonably close for the first 27 minutes, the Huskies eventually built a large lead and ended up with the 91–63 win.[34][35][36]
  • DePaul played Northern Iowa in a matchup between the seven and 10 seeds. The Panthers scored first, but DePaul responded with a pair of 7–0 runs to take a nine-point lead. DePaul brought Tanita Allen off the bench who hit her first five three-pointers en route to a 25-point game to help the Blue Demons win the game 88–67.[37]
  • Mississippi State took on Troy in a 2 seed versus 15 seed matchup. The Bulldogs head coach Vic Schaefer dramatically changed his lineup after the loss in the SEC championship, having three starters come in off the bench, including Victoria Vivians for the first time in her career. Blair Schaefer, the coach's daughter, recorded a career-high 21 points, helping her team to a 110–69 victory.[38][39]

Bracket edit

First round
Round of 64
March 17–18
Second Round
Round of 32
March 19–20
Regional semifinals
Sweet 16
March 24
Regional Final
Elite 8
March 26
1 Baylor 119
16 Texas Southern 30
1 Baylor 86
Waco, Texas (Sat/Mon)
9 California 46
8 LSU 52
9 California 55
1 Baylor 97
4 Louisville 63
5 Tennessee 66
12 Dayton 57
5 Tennessee 64
Louisville, Kentucky (Sat/Mon)
4 Louisville 75
4 Louisville 82
13 Chattanooga 62
1 Baylor 85
2 Mississippi State 94*
6 Oklahoma 75
11 Gonzaga 62
6 Oklahoma 82
Seattle, Washington (Sat/Mon)
3 Washington 108
3 Washington 91
14 Montana State 63
3 Washington 64
2 Mississippi State 75
7 DePaul 88
10 Northern Iowa 67
7 DePaul 71
Starkville, Mississippi (Fri/Sun)
2 Mississippi State 92
2 Mississippi State 110
15 Troy 69

* – Denotes overtime period

Oklahoma City Regional Final edit

March 26
7:30 PM
Baylor 85, Mississippi State 94 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 19–21, 21–22, 21–17, 14–15, Overtime: 10–19
Pts: K. Brown 27
Rebs: K. Brown 9
Asts: A. Jones 7
Pts: M. William 41
Rebs: V. Vivians 6
Asts: M. William 7
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Attendance: 3,128
Referees: Dee Kanter, Cameron Inouye, Michael McConnell

Oklahoma City Regional All-Tournament team edit

Lexington Regional, Lexington, KY edit

First round edit

  • Robert Morris fell behind 10–0 early in the game against the top seed Notre Dame, but managed to tie the game up at 10 points apiece. However, Notre Dame had too much talent and retook the lead extending at especially in the third quarter when they shot 69% and held Robert Morris to 29%. The final margin of 30 points in the 79–49 result was the smallest margin of loss in any of the five tournament games for the Colonials.[40][41]
  • The ninth-seeded Purdue Boilermakers started strong against the eighth-seeded Green Bay with an early 15–0 run to open up a 17–3 lead. Although the Phoenix cut into the lead in the second quarter and second half, the boilermakers responded each time. Green Bay was within five points with 2+12 minutes left, but Dominique Oden hit a three-pointer, and Purdue hit many of their closing free throws to end up with the win 74–62.[42]
  • Ohio State took on Western Kentucky in a 5–12 matchup. Each team started slowly missing most of its early shots with Western Kentucky building a small lead early and still leading 18–14 late in the first quarter. The Buckeyes then ran off seven consecutive points to take a lead. Although the Lady Toppers briefly led in the second quarter, the Buckeyes had a seven-point lead at halftime. Ohio State led the rest of the way although WKU would cut the lead to six points twice. The Buckeyes ended with the win 70–63.[43][44]
  • Fourth-seeded Kentucky took on 13th-seeded Belmont, who came into the tournament with a 21-game winning streak, the second-longest in the nation. The Kentucky Wildcats hit 69% of their shots in the first quarter to help them open up a 10-point lead. Belmont responded by hitting seven of 9 to cut the lead to a single point. Kentucky expanded and retained the lead through most of the game, but Belmont cut the lead to a single point with just 13 seconds left in the game. Kentucky hit two free throws to extend the lead to three points, followed by a Belmont layup to get the lead back to a single point, but Kentucky hit two free throws to seal the win 73–70.[45][46]
  • Texas took on the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears in a matchup between the 3 and 14 seeds. Texas had lost four of their last six games to end the season so were looking for "something good to happen". Longhorns hit 63% of their field-goal attempts in the first half and pulled down rebounds when they missed, which help them open up a 28–4 lead by the end of the first quarter. They cruised to a 78–50 victory to end the Sugar Bears 17 game winning streak. Every one of the 11 players for Texas played at least 11 minutes and scored.[47][48]
  • Kansas State played Drake in a matchup between the 7 and 10 seeds. Normally, the game would have been played at the location of the top seed in the group, Stanford, but they had a conflict due to a gymnastics event so the hosting fell to the next highest seed. Thus, Kansas State were able to play at home for the first time since 2003. After scoring the first basket, Drake hit two three-pointers to take a 6–2 lead, but the Wildcats went on a 9–0 run to take back the lead. With a little over four minutes left in the game, the Wildcats only had a 7-point lead when Kindred Wesemann hit a three to extend the lead to double digits. Drake was unable to respond, and the Wildcats ended up with the win 67–54.[49][50]
  • Second-ranked Stanford faced New Mexico State in a first-round matchup between a 2 seed and a 15 seed. A 15 seed has never beaten a 2 seed in the women's NCAA tournament. The Aggie scored first and led early finishing the first quarter with a 23–20 lead. Although the Cardinal tied the game in the second quarter, New Mexico took back the lead and led 38–31 at halftime. The Cardinal started the third quarter with an 8–2 run for Stanford, but when the final quarter began New Mexico was still in the lead 49–48. New Mexico scored first in the fourth quarter with a three-pointer, but Stanford went on a run, took the lead and ended up with the win 72–64.[51][52]

Bracket edit

First round
Round of 64
March 17–18
Second round
Round of 32
March 19–20
Regional semifinals
Sweet 16
March 24
Regional final
Elite 8
March 26
1 Notre Dame 79
16 Robert Morris 49
1 Notre Dame 88*
Notre Dame, Indiana (Fri/Sun)
9 Purdue 82
8 Green Bay 62
9 Purdue 74
1 Notre Dame 99
5 Ohio State 76
5 Ohio State 70
12 Western Kentucky 63
5 Ohio State 82
Lexington, Kentucky (Fri/Sun)
4 Kentucky 68
4 Kentucky 73
13 Belmont 70
1 Notre Dame 75
2 Stanford 76
6 NC State 62
11 Auburn 48
6 NC State 80
Austin, Texas (Fri/Sun)
3 Texas 84
3 Texas 78
14 Central Arkansas 50
3 Texas 66
2 Stanford 77
7 Kansas State 67
10 Drake 54
7 Kansas State 48
Manhattan, Kansas (Sat/Mon)
2 Stanford 69
2 Stanford 72
15 New Mexico State 64

* – Denotes overtime period

Lexington Regional Final edit

March 26
12:00 PM
Stanford 76, Notre Dame 75
Scoring by quarter: 24–22, 7–23, 24–12, 21–18
Pts: B. McPhee 27
Rebs: E. McCall 11
Asts: M. Sniezek 8
Pts: A. Ogunbowale 25
Rebs: L. Allen 10
Asts: L. Allen 6
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
Attendance: 2,527
Referees: Tina Napier, Chuck Gonzalez, Amy Bonner

Lexington Regional All-Tournament team edit

Stockton Regional, Stockton, CA edit

First round edit

  • South Carolina took on UNC Asheville in a matchup between the top seed and the 16 seed. Coach Staley had to make adjustments as a result of the season-ending injury to starter Alaina Coates. She started four guards along with A'ja Wilson, and then went even smaller in the second quarter. The Bulldogs were no match for the Gamecocks and South Carolina led 48–22 at halftime and went on to win the game 90–40 representing their biggest victory ever in the tournament.[53][54]
  • Arizona State faced Michigan State in a matchup between the eight and nine seeds. The Sun Devils' Quinn Dornstauder attempted six field goals and four free throws, making every one of them, leading to 16 points. Although Michigan State's Tori Jankoska scored 26 points she was held to two points in the first half and scored most of her points late in the game when Arizona State had a large lead. Arizona State hit 59% of the field-goal attempts in the first half leading to a 22-point margin at the break. They went on to win the game 73–61.[55][56]
  • Quinnipiac opened their game with an 18–4 run against fifth-seeded Marquette. The Bobcats had extended their lead to 19 points, 52–33 in the third quarter when Marquette started to come back. The Golden Eagles cut the lead to two points near the end of the game. Quinnipiac had a three-point lead in the final seconds when Marquette attempted a three-pointer to tie the game but it rimmed out to give the Bobcats their first win ever in an NCAA tournament. Jennifer Fay scored 20 points for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac ended with the win 68–65.[57][58]
  • Fourth-seeded Miami took on 13th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast. Miami led most of the way by as much as 13 points, but the Eagles mounted to come back and took a small lead late in the game. The game was tied with 1.5 seconds left when Keyona Hayes scored to give the hurricanes a two-point lead. Florida Gulf Coast tried to set up final play but was unable to score. Miami won the game 62–60.[59]

Bracket edit

First round
Round of 64
March 17–18
Second Round
Round of 32
March 19–20
Regional semifinals
Sweet 16
March 25
Regional Final
Elite 8
March 27
1 South Carolina 90
16 UNC Asheville 40
1 South Carolina 71
Columbia, South Carolina (Fri/Sun)
8 Arizona State 68
8 Arizona State 73
9 Michigan State 61
1 South Carolina 100
12 Quinnipiac 58
5 Marquette 65
12 Quinnipiac 68
12 Quinnipiac 85
Coral Gables, Florida (Sat/Mon)
4 Miami (FL) 78
4 Miami (FL) 62
13 Florida Gulf Coast 60
1 South Carolina 71
3 Florida State 64
6 Missouri 66
11 South Florida 64
6 Missouri 55
Tallahassee, Florida (Fri/Sun)
3 Florida State 77
3 Florida State 87
14 Western Illinois 66
3 Florida State 66
2 Oregon State 53
7 Creighton 76
10 Toledo 49
7 Creighton 52
Corvallis, Oregon (Fri/Sun)
2 Oregon State 64
2 Oregon State 56
15 Long Beach State 55

Stockton Regional Final edit

March 27
9:00 PM
South Carolina 71, Florida State 64
Scoring by quarter: 24–17, 16–12, 15–16, 16–19
Pts: K. Davis 23
Rebs: D. Cliney 7
Asts: K. Davis/A. Gray/T. Harris 2
Pts: L. Romero 16
Rebs: I. Slaughter 10
Asts: L. Romero 6
Stockton Arena, Stockton, CA
Attendance: 3,134
Referees: Lisa Jones, Bryan Brunette, Gina Cross, In'Fini Robinson

Stockton Regional All-Tournament team edit

Final Four edit

American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX edit

National semifinals
March 31
National Championship Game
April 2
BDP1 UConn 64
OKC2 Mississippi State 66*
OKC2 Mississippi State 55
SCK1 South Carolina 67
LEX2 Stanford 53
SCK1 South Carolina 62

* – Denotes overtime period

National semifinals edit

March 31
10:02 PM
UConn 64, Mississippi State 66 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 13–22, 15–14, 20–12, 12–12, Overtime: 4–6
Pts: G. Williams 21
Rebs: N. Collier/G. Williams 8
Asts: S. Chong 5
Pts: V. Vivians 19
Rebs: T. McCowan 8
Asts: M. William 6
American Airlines Center – Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 19,200
Referees: Lisa Jones, Jesse Dickerson, Maj Forsberg
March 31
7:30 PM
Stanford 53, South Carolina 62
Scoring by quarter: 12–14, 17–6, 8–21, 16–21
Pts: E. McCall/A. Smith 14
Rebs: E. McCall 14
Asts: M. Sniezek 6
Pts: A. Gray 18
Rebs: A. Wilson 19
Asts: A. Wilson 4
American Airlines Center – Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 19,200
Referees: Joe Vaszily, Felicia Grinter, Michol Murray

National championship edit

April 2
6:00 pm
Mississippi State 55, South Carolina 67
Scoring by quarter: 14–18, 12–18, 18–16, 11–15
Pts: V. Vivians 12
Rebs: T. McCowan 10
Asts: M. William 4
Pts: A. Wilson 23
Rebs: A. Wilson/A. Gray 10
Asts: B. Cuevas-Moore/A. Gray/T. Harris 2
American Airlines Center – Dallas, Texas
Referees: Dee Kantner, Tina Napier, Brenda Pantoja

Final Four All-Tournament team edit

Record by conference edit

Conference Bids Record Win % R64 R32 S16 E8 F4 CG NC
SEC 8 15–7 .682 8 6 2 2 2 2 1
Pac-12 7 15–7 .682 7 7 5 2 1
American 3 4–3 .571 3 1 1 1 1
ACC 7 12–7 .632 7 7 3 2
Big 12 6 8–6 .571 6 5 2 1
Big Ten 4 5–4 .556 4 3 2
MAAC 1 2–1 .667 1 1 1
Big East 3 2–3 .400 3 2
Missouri Valley 2 0–2 .000 2
  • The R64, R32, S16, E8, F4, CG, and NC columns indicate how many teams from each conference were in the round of 64 (first round), round of 32 (second round), Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four, championship game, and national champion, respectively.
  • The America East, Atlantic 10, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Conference USA, Colonial (CAA), Horizon, Ivy League, MEAC, Mid-American (MAC), Mountain West, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Summit, Sun Belt, SWAC, WAC and West Coast conferences each had one representative that was eliminated in the first round.

Media coverage edit

Television edit

ESPN had US television rights to all games during the tournament.[60] For the first and second rounds, ESPN aired select games nationally on ESPN2, ESPNU, or ESPNews. All other games aired regionally on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPN3 and were streamed online via WatchESPN. Most of the nation got whip-a-round coverage during this time, which allowed ESPN to rotate between the games and focus the nation on the game that had the closest score. The Lexington and Oklahoma City regional semifinals aired concurrently on ESPN and ESPN2, while ESPN televised the Bridgeport and Stockton regional semifinals and all four regional finals. The national semifinals aired on ESPN2, and the national championship on ESPN.

Studio host and analysts edit

Broadcast assignments edit

Radio edit

Westwood One has exclusive radio rights to the entire tournament.[61][62] Teams participating in the Regional Finals, Final Four, and championship are allowed to have their own local broadcasts, but they are not allowed to stream those broadcasts online.

See also edit

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