The NCAA Tournament is coming! Who do you think will win the Women’s Division I Basketball Championship?

The “Women’s NCAA tournament 2022” is the first year of a new format. The new format will have the women’s tournament start in March and end in April.

Women's NCAA tournament 2022

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    Philippou, Alexa ESPN


    • Covers WNBA and women’s collegiate basketball.
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The NCAA women’s basketball tournament bracket for 2022 has been released, and March Madness is arrived. The NCAA announced which teams made the cut, which 16 teams will host first- and second-round games, and which championship contenders will be assigned to each regional on Sunday.

The women’s tournament field has grown to 68 teams for the first time, with four First Four games scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. The first round begins on Friday, followed by second-round games the following weekend, before the tournament moves on to regionals on March 25-28 in Greensboro, North Carolina, Spokane, Washington, Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Wichita, Kansas.

Then it’ll go on to Minneapolis for the women’s Final Four, where the national champion for 2022 will be announced.

In preparation for every basketball fan’s favorite stretch of the year, here’s everything you need to know about all 68 teams in the field, from top-ranked South Carolina to surging Utah to the Big South champion Lancers of Longwood, who will be competing in the Big Dance for the first time. Visit ESPN’s tickets punched page for a list of the 32 automatic bidders that have advanced to the tournament.

Seeds ranked No. 1


Gamecocks of South Carolina

The Gamecocks are well-positioned, and widely still favored, to chop down the nets in Minneapolis after falling just short of advancing to the national championship game last season. They’ve been pushed in both conference and nonconference competition, with an 11-0 regular-season record versus ranked opponents. Aliyah, a junior Boston’s continuous domination on both ends has elevated her to the national player of the year frontrunner. Surrounding her are a bunch of returning Final Four players, most notably guards Zia Cooke and Destanni Henderson, as well as intriguing newcomers who put South Carolina on the verge of winning its second national title in six years.


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However, owing to a surprising 64-62 defeat to Kentucky, the Gamecocks enter the NCAA tournament without the air of invincibility they had for much of the season, as the SEC’s seventh-seeded Wildcats overcame a 15-point third-quarter deficit to capture the conference tournament championship. The Gamecocks had given up a significant third-quarter lead for the second consecutive game; in the SEC tournament semifinals, they allowed Ole Miss to trim a 25-point advantage to eight late in the fourth quarter.

Coach Dawn Staley decried the team’s defensive inconsistencies and lack to execute after the Kentucky defeat, concerns that aren’t new for the Gamecocks but have seldom backfired. And, as amazing as Boston has been this season, she might have used a little more support from her colleagues in the backcourt.

When was the last time a team stayed at the top of the Associated Press poll for the whole regular season? UConn was a national semifinalist in 2017-18, but Arike Ogunbowale’s legendary overtime buzzer-beater sent the Huskies packing. Can South Carolina, which has kept a strong hold on first place throughout the season, recover from its SEC tournament disappointment and eventually jump over the hump to conclude an otherwise fantastic season with a championship?


Cardinal Stanford

The reigning national champs returned all but one member from last year’s championship team, making other title contenders nervous. However, Kiana Williams’ departure to the WNBA left a gap at the point guard position, and Stanford dropped three of its first 11 nonconference games, including a loss to No. 1 South Carolina on Dec. 21. In those games, turnovers and bad shooting were the key reasons.

Since then, the Cardinal have gone on a 20-game winning streak, including an undefeated regular season and tournament run in the Pac-12. Despite several close calls at the end of February, they finished well in the conference tournament, with Haley Jones taking home the Most Outstanding Player award. Cameron Brink, who was a semifinalist for the Naismith Trophy with Jones, has emerged as one of the Cardinal’s cornerstones.

Stanford’s identity is built on its excellent defense and offensive balance, with six different players leading the team in scoring this season. But there’s little question that for Stanford to repeat as national champions for the first time since UConn’s four-peat from 2013-16, Jones and Brink will have to play their finest basketball of the season down the stretch of March.


Wolfpack of NC State

The Wolfpack’s fantastic 2020-21 season came to an end in the Sweet 16 as they were beaten by 4-seed Indiana as a 1-seed in the NCAA tournament for the first time. The Wolfpack have enjoyed a record year this season under Wes Moore, thanks to the return of their starting five, which includes top player Elissa Cunane and a number of teammates who utilized their additional season of eligibility through COVID-19, as well as the acquisition of Rutgers transfer Diamond Johnson. They tied for the most victories in a single season in school history with 29, and they won the ACC regular season and tournament crowns for the first time since 1985.

The Wolfpack seemed to find their stride in the league tournament after prior defeats to South Carolina (Nov. 9), Georgia (Dec. 12), and Notre Dame (Feb. 1), as well as several close games in conference play. The two versions of NC State were on display in their greatest victory of the season (Jan. 20): the one that trailed Louisville by 16 late in the third quarter and the one capable of outscoring the Cardinals 31-8 in the fourth quarter to win by nine.

If the Wolfpack can play more like that in March — explosive on offensively and stingy enough on defense — they should be in excellent condition to make their first Elite Eight berth since Kay Yow led the school there in 1998 — if not more.


Cardinals of Louisville

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The Cardinals lost All-American Dana Evans in the winter, but Jeff Walz retooled his club with more depth and a tough defense, and the team has scarcely missed a beat in 2021-22. Hailey Van Lith has recovered from a rough start this season, while Syracuse transfer Emily Engstler has been a game-changer on both ends of the floor, but particularly on defense. Outside of conference play, the Cardinals mainly took care of business, losing to Arizona in the season’s opening game but picking up victories against Michigan and UConn.

Last week, however, Miami came back from a 15-point deficit in the final five minutes of an ACC tournament quarterfinal to beat the Cardinals at the buzzer, sending a team with championship aspirations home before its run even began. The fact that these late failures have established a norm is particularly worrying for Louisville. The same thing happened when the Cardinals played NC State in January, and even more so when they faced Stanford in the Elite Eight last season. If Walz’s team is to reach its first Final Four since 2018, it must resolve its fourth-quarter troubles and show stronger resiliency.

Seeds No. 2


Bears of Baylor

Following Kim Mulkey’s departure, Baylor’s expectations were all over the place, especially during a four-game losing streak in the middle of the season. With new leadership (Nicki Collen) and a new system in place (Baylor now shoots 3-pointers! ), it took some time for everyone to get their bearings, particularly in the midst of a very tough Big 12 season.

Baylor has only lost once since mid-January, losing to Texas in the Big 12 championship game on Sunday. The Bears had victories against Iowa State, Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma on their resume. NaLyssa Smith, the reigning Wade Trophy winner, is putting up 30-point double-doubles like it’s nothing and will undoubtedly be named an All-American for the second consecutive season. Even with a new look and a new coach, the Bears managed to do what they do best: win the Big 12 regular-season championship, battle for the conference tournament title, and enter the NCAA tournament as a national title candidate.


Huskies of UConn

A season that began with sky-high hopes has turned into one unlike any other for Geno Auriemma. Seven of UConn’s nine rotation players have missed at least two games due to injury or sickness, including reigning national player of the year Paige Bueckers (out 19 games with a knee injury) and class of 2021 No. 1 overall recruit Azzi Fudd (out 11 games with a foot ailment). The Huskies approach March Madness with their highest pre-NCAA tournament loss total (five) since 2004-05, although they were missing three important players in each game, except from their early season setback at the hands of South Carolina.

UConn is not only healthier again, but they’re also a better, more multifaceted club than they were before the Bueckers injury, as seen by their dominance in the Big East tournament, thanks to a well-balanced offense and tenacious defense. Still, compared to other teams that haven’t seen as much staff turnover, this edition of UConn has more unknowns. When adversity strikes and a win-or-go-home scenario arises, how will the Huskies, who have only just been able to define their chemistry and identity, fare against elite teams? And, given the glacial pace of her rehabilitation, how big of a role will Bueckers have to play for the Huskies if they want to win their first championship since 2016, and how big of a role can she really play?


Hawkeyes of Iowa

Iowa was expected to be a force to be reckoned with this season after Caitlin Clark exploded into the national scene last year. Instead, the Hawkeyes struggled to find their stride early on, owing in part to a COVID-19 outage and some starting injuries. They struggled against ranked opponents, failing to beat an AP Top 25 team in each of their first four attempts, and even dropping out of the rankings.

Fast forward to mid-March, and few teams are as hot as Iowa, which has won seven consecutive games and is the Big Ten tournament champion. During that run, they defeated Michigan and Indiana three times en route to sweeping the regular-season and tournament titles for the first time in school history. Caitlin Clark is still doing Caitlin Clark things, and she’s on her way to become the first NCAA Division I women’s basketball player to lead the country in both scoring and assists. But, at its finest, Iowa is supported by the contributions of its other role players, such Monika Czinano, as well as just enough defensive consistency, making the Hawkeyes that much more difficult to defeat.


Longhorns of Texas

The Longhorns experienced enough offseason personnel losses (due to graduation and the transfer portal) coming off their upset victory over Maryland in last season’s Sweet 16 that it wouldn’t have been surprising if they had a bit of a layoff this year. Instead, Texas hasn’t disappointed; in fact, it’s in a stronger position heading into this season’s tournament than it was during Vic Schaefer’s first season in Austin.

Texas achieved its highest AP ranking since 2017-18 after delivering reigning national champion Stanford its first defeat and narrowly falling to Tennessee. After a strong run of regular-season conference play in which they were unable to defeat Baylor but swept Iowa State, the third-seeded Longhorns eventually defeated the Bears in a statement victory on Sunday to claim their first Big 12 tournament championship since 2003. Texas, which has won 11 consecutive games, will use its aggressive defense to bother opponents and force turnovers after turnovers, while Big 12 Freshman of the Year Rori Harmon may have a big influence on the game in a variety of ways. Her brilliance shone brightly at the Big 12 tournament, which served as her coming-out party, as she was named most outstanding player.

Seeds No. 3


Hoosiers from Indiana

After beating top-seeded NC State in the Sweet 16, the Hoosiers were the only Big Ten team to reach the Elite Eight for the first time in school history. Most of the key players from that run have returned to Bloomington to provide Indiana with excellent chemistry and balance, as proven by the fact that five Hoosiers were named to the Big Ten first, second, or honorable mention teams.

Mackenzie Holmes was out for nearly a month due to a knee ailment that necessitated surgery, and she hasn’t fully recovered since returning to the fold in mid-February. Indiana, on the other hand, pulled together a solid Big Ten tournament run behind its characteristic defense and other players stepping up, signaling the Hoosiers may be close to peaking at the perfect moment. If Holmes is able to revert to her previous state, it will open doors for the rest of the squad.


The Cyclones of Iowa State University

Bill Fennelly has had a historic season, as his Cyclones have risen to help the Big 12 become the most competitive it has been in a long time. Iowa State enters the NCAA tournament one victory short of matching the school’s single-season win total of 27, after posting a school-best 14 victories in conference play on route to the Big 12 tournament’s No. 2 seed. In the semifinals, Iowa State was defeated by Texas in a hard-fought overtime fight.

For the first time since 2010, the Cyclones seem to have their best chance in years to return to the Sweet 16. Ashley Joens, the Cyclones’ league-high three picks on the All-Big 12 first team, has carved her name in Iowa State legend. Lexi Donarski and Emily Ryan joined her as the Cyclones’ league-high three selections on the All-Big 12 second team. Iowa State, which is known for its high-scoring offense and 3-point shooting, went 0-5 this season against the Big 12’s other two best teams, Baylor and Texas, and is winless when opponents limit them to 63 or less points in regulation.


Tigers of LSU

Last year, Kim Mulkey shocked the basketball world by leaving Baylor after two decades to join LSU, her alma mater. Mulkey has taken the program to new heights in her first year at the leadership, surpassing those reached by Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus when they walked the Baton Rouge campus. Despite going 9-13 a year before, the Tigers finished the regular season with 25 victories, including six over ranked opponents. For the first time in over a decade, they were a legitimate SEC contender until succumbing to eventual champion Kentucky in their SEC tournament opening.

With outstanding guard Khayla Pointer leading the way, LSU seems to be on track to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2014. Alexis Morris has been sidelined since spraining her MCL on Feb. 24, and although the program has said that she will be able to participate in the NCAA tournament, how soon she can recover to full strength will determine how long the Tigers will be in March.


Wolverines of Michigan

In coach Kim Barnes Arico’s 10th season, the Wolverines have enjoyed a historic year, matching the school record for most regular-season victories. They were 20-2 coming into mid-February, including 7-1 against ranked opponents, and were on track to win their first Big Ten title until a four-game losing streak in their final six games. Senior starter Leigha Brown was sidelined for virtually all of February due to a lower leg injury, but she and the rest of Michigan appeared out of sync in the two games she returned to, defeats to Iowa in the regular-season finale and Nebraska in the Big Ten tournament opener.

Michigan made it to the Sweet 16 for the first time last season, but lost to Baylor in an overtime thriller. They’ll need Naz Hillmon, a predicted first-round WNBA draft selection, to be at her best, as well as Brown to recover to pre-injury form and play stronger defense, if they hope to create history by reaching the program’s first Elite Eight.

Seeds No. 4


Wildcats of Arizona

With star Aari McDonald going for the WNBA, no one knew what Arizona, last year’s NCAA tournament “Cinderella” as a 3-seed who ended only a basket away from capturing the national title, would look like. The Wildcats initially exceeded expectations, going unbeaten in their first 11 games, including an overtime contest against Louisville.

They’ve had some struggles in Pac-12 play, most notably when they were forced to play without Cate Reese, their leading scorer and rebounder, who has been out since suffering a dislocated shoulder on Feb. 20. The Wildcats have dropped three of their last four games, including their Pac-12 tournament opener against Colorado, but with Reese expected to return for the NCAA tournament, not all hope is lost — especially if she can help Arizona rediscover its offensive groove and capitalize on its defensive strength.


Terrapins of Maryland

Maryland came into the season with every coach’s dream: it had all of its main players back from a very excellent team the year before, one that had the top offense in the nation. However, with injuries (including Ashley Owusu and Diamond Miller, last year’s top two scorers), COVID-19 difficulties, and the loss of coach Brenda Frese’s father in the middle of the season, 2021-22 has been far from simple for the Terrapins.

While Maryland gained momentum at the close of the regular season with nine wins in ten games and Angel Reese has definitely improved, the Terps’ defeat to Indiana in the Big Ten tournament semifinal was their first loss in the tournament. The game was a microcosm of Maryland’s struggles this season: the Terps have only scored 68 points in all but one of their defeats. All eight of those losses came against teams now rated in the top 14 in the country. To reverse direction and make a long run in March, Frese’s team will have to find its offensive prowess and depend on its veterans.


Sooners of Oklahoma

Sooners fans couldn’t have asked for a more successful debut season from Jennie Baranczyk, who took over for renowned coach Sherri Coale this summer. This season’s Oklahoma squad won 20 games quicker than all but two other teams in school history, sweeping Baylor and in-state rival Oklahoma State in the regular season, as well as winning at home against Texas and BYU. Madi Williams and Taylor Robertson, both unanimous All-Big 12 first-team picks, combine for 35 points a game to help the Sooners maintain their high-scoring, fast-paced offense. Baylor defeated Oklahoma in their third meeting of the 2021-22 season, sending the Sooners packing in the conference tournament semifinals. The Sooners, on the other hand, will regroup in order to attempt to progress to the NCAA tournament’s second weekend for the first time since 2013.


Lady Vols of Tennessee

The Lady Vols began the season with their greatest start in years, and they seemed to be national championship candidates early on. They won 18 of their first 19 games, with just a close defeat to Stanford, which was all the more amazing given that Rae Burrell was out for the bulk of that time due to injury.

My, how things have deteriorated in the previous two months. When veteran Keyen Green suffered an ACL injury that ended his season, the wheels began to come off. Since then, Tennessee has lost seven of their previous twelve games, a trend compounded by the injury of Jordan Horston (dislocated elbow), the team’s leading scorer, rebounder, and assist provider. Horston might return later this season, according to coach Kellie Harper, but she doesn’t seem enthusiastic. While the Lady Vols have shown flashes of life, their potential to make a deep run is likely to be jeopardized if Horston is out.

Seeds No. 5


Tar Heels of North Carolina

At the start of the season, the Tar Heels were one of the hottest teams in the country, going 13-0 and reentering the AP poll for the first time since 2015. Coach Courtney Banghart’s relatively young team, led by star Deja Kelly, couldn’t always break through against some of the ACC’s best, but the Tar Heels won seven of their last eight games — including a huge win over Louisville in mid-February — before falling in overtime to Virginia Tech in the ACC tournament quarterfinals. For the first time since 2015, North Carolina hopes to go beyond the first round of the NCAA tournament.


Fighting Irish of Notre Dame

Second-year head coach Niele Ivey has the Irish back on track after a two-year hiatus from the NCAA tournament. After Notre Dame’s stunning victory over NC State on Feb. 1, the NCAA women’s selection committee even put the Irish in the top 16 during one of three in-season reveals. Then, last month, came a pair of humiliating defeats to Louisville. Regardless matter how March turns out, freshman Olivia Miles and Sonia Citron see a bright future for South Bend.


Ducks of Oregon

When Nyara Sabally, Te-Hina Paopao, and Endyia Rogers all sustained early season injuries, the Ducks stumbled and swiftly fell out of the top ten standings. Despite a couple of strong victories in January over Arizona and UConn, Oregon has yet to find consistency with its now-healthy lineup. Heading into the Big Dance, the Ducks have lost three of their last five games, including their Pac-12 tournament semifinal meeting against Utah.


Hokies of Virginia Tech

Following a 14-year layoff, the Hokies will compete in their second consecutive NCAA tournament. Their depth was on show in the ACC tournament, as they advanced to the tournament final despite missing ACC Player of the Year Elizabeth Kitley and fellow starter Cayla King for the most of their run. They kept things close with NC State before succumbing by 15 points. Coach Kenny Brooks expressed optimism that both players will be recovered in time for the NCAA tournament, and Virginia Tech desperately needs them back if it is to make a long run.

Seeds No. 6


Cougars of BYU

With a stellar run through conference play and multiple wins against Power 5 teams in tow, the Cougars were within reach of potentially hosting NCAA tournament games before they were upset by Gonzaga in the WCC tournament final. Still, this season could go down as the best in program history, especially if top scorer Shaylee Gonzales & Co. is able to not only propel the Cougars to their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2014, but make a historic run to the Elite Eight.


Lady Bulldogs of Georgia

The Bulldogs got off to a promising start, with Que Morrison and Jenna Staiti returning from a team that went all the way to the SEC tournament title game last season. Georgia, one of just a few teams to defeat NC State this season, also defeated Notre Dame, but the Lady Dogs enter the NCAA tournament having lost five of their previous eight games. For the first time under coach Joni Taylor, Georgia may utilize more offensive consistency and firepower to go beyond the second round of the tournament.


Wildcats of Kentucky

When they began 2-8 in conference play, the Wildcats were doomed to miss the NCAA tournament, but they’ve already won 10 consecutive games after impressively defeating the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds (South Carolina, LSU, and Tennessee) to win the SEC tournament as a 7-seed. Rhyne Howard looks every bit the No. 1 WNBA draft selection that many have predicted her to be when she’s on. But she can’t do it alone, as Dre’una Edwards demonstrated by scoring 27 points and nailing the game-winning shot against South Carolina. The Wildcats’ in-tune, collaborative effort has converted them into a team that few will desire on their side of the bracket.


Buckeyes of Ohio State University

The Buckeyes are back in March after missing the NCAA tournament last season due to a self-imposed postseason restriction. They last competed in the national tournament in 2018. They have the Big Ten’s second-best scoring offense, following only Iowa, courtesy to Jacy Sheldon and Taylor Mikesell’s combined 38 points per game. Despite receiving the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament, Ohio State was defeated in the semifinals by Indiana, one of just two league clubs (along with Michigan) that Ohio State failed to defeat this season.

Seeds No. 7


Knights of UCF

By defeating in-state rival South Florida in the final game, the Knights won the AAC regular season and conference tournament crowns for the first time. As a result, Diamond Battles took home the AAC player of the year, defensive player of the year, and most outstanding player awards. With 47.5 points allowed per game, UCF has the best scoring defense in the country.


Buffaloes of Colorado

The Buffaloes failed in Pac-12 play after being the last unbeaten team in the country heading into mid-January, but had a good run in the conference tournament, when they upset Arizona before succumbing to eventual winner Stanford. Colorado enters the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2013, with a tough defense and a dynamic threat in Mya Hollingshed.


Rebels of Ole Miss

The Rebels have resurrected their SEC and national prominence under fourth-year coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. After placing second in the WNIT previous season, they are making their first NCAA tournament participation since 2007. Ole Miss showed resilience by trimming a 25-point lead to eight late in the SEC tournament quarterfinal against South Carolina, despite struggling against some of the better SEC teams this season. The Rebels might make a splash in March thanks to a tough defense and a great tournament from probable first-round WNBA draft choice Shakira Austin.


Utah Utes

The Utes are in their first NCAA tournament since 2011, after defeating Oregon in the semifinals to advance to their first Pac-12 tournament championship game in school history. In the championship game, Utah was defeated by Stanford. Gianna Kneepkens, the Pac-12 rookie of the year, leads the Utes’ high-powered attack, which leads the Pac-12 in scoring.

Seeds No. 8


Jayhawks of Kansas

Kansas finished sixth in the Big 12 despite being expected to finish last in the preseason poll, earning coach Brandon Schneider Big 12 coach of the year honors. The Jayhawks are enjoying their finest season in almost two decades and are in their first NCAA tournament since 2013. They are led by Holly Kersgieter. They’ve largely struggled against ranked opponents this season, although they did win big on the road against Oklahoma and Texas.


Hurricanes of Miami

The ACC tournament’s biggest surprise was Miami’s unprecedented march to the championships. The Hurricanes, who were seeded eighth, overcame a late 15-point hole to upset Louisville in the quarterfinals before defeating Notre Dame and putting up a valiant fight in their eventual loss to NC State. In Coral Gables, optimism is high that the Hurricanes, who have won eight of their last ten games, can continue to make noise in March thanks to their strong defense and Kelsey Marshall’s leadership.


Cornhuskers of Nebraska

The Cornhuskers are making their second NCAA tournament participation since 2016, after their greatest season under coach Amy Williams. They’re a high-powered offensive squad led by Jaz Shelley, an Oregon transfer, and Alexis Markowski, the Big Ten rookie of the year. Nebraska made a splash in the Big Ten tournament as a 6-seed, knocking out Michigan in the quarterfinals (the Huskers were the only conference team to beat the Wolverines twice this season) before losing to eventual winner Iowa in the following round.


Cougars of Washington State

The Cougars are in the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row, having previously entered the tournament in 1991, owing to a successful season in which they established a school record for most wins in the NCAA history with 19 victories. Washington State’s 11-6 Pac-12 run, led in large part by Charlisse Leger-domination, Walker’s was a school high and enabled the team to tie Oregon for second place in the conference standings. In the conference tournament quarterfinals, the Cougars were defeated by eventual runner-up Utah.

Seeds No. 9


Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech

With the injury to Kierra Fletcher and the midseason transfer of Loyal McQueen, both starters last year, Nell Fortner’s team experienced some early season hardship. The Yellow Jackets were able to win huge games against Georgia, UConn, and North Carolina because to their tenacious defense, rebounding prowess, and Lorela Cubaj’s varied influence. They must reverse direction if they are to earn a second consecutive Sweet 16 spot, as they have lost six of their last nine games, including a quarterfinal loss to Notre Dame in the ACC tournament.


Bulldogs of Gonzaga University

Gonzaga clinched their sixth NCAA tournament berth since coach Lisa Fortier took over prior of the 2014-15 season by beating BYU in the WCC tournament finals, its first ranking victory since December 2019. The Bulldogs are known for their balanced offense as well as their strong defense. Melody Kempton was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Conference Tournament.


Wildcats of Kansas State

Kansas State has improved by ten wins from last season to this season, returning to the NCAA tournament after missing the previous two seasons. Ayoka Lee has solidified herself as one of the most powerful players in the nation, with her NCAA Division I-record 61-point game against Oklahoma ensuring that anybody who didn’t know about her before now knows. She was expected to be a lottery selection in the WNBA in April before confirming her commitment to Kansas State for another season.


Bulls of South Florida

South Florida achieved a top-15 ranking earlier in the season after narrow losses to Tennessee and UConn and wins over Oregon and Stanford, but the Bulls went 0-3 against UCF across the regular season and the conference tournament, precluding them from earning the AAC’s auto bid. Nonetheless, Elena Tsineke & Co. seek to propel the Bulls to back-to-back second-round appearances in the NCAA tournament.

Seeds No. 10


Razorbacks of Arkansas

The Razorbacks ended with a losing record in SEC play (7-9), but their high NET and strength of schedule helped them earn a spot in the NCAA tournament, where they’ll try to improve on last season’s first-round defeat at the hands of 13-seed Wright State. Amber Ramirez is the team’s leading scorer, while Samara Spencer was named SEC Freshman of the Year.


Bluejays of Creighton

The Bluejays finished third in the Big East behind UConn and Villanova, with one of the hardest offensive teams in the conference and one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the nation. However, the Bluejays’ top-35 NET rating helped them qualify for the NCAA tournament. They provide a well-balanced attacking effort, led by leading scorer Emma Ronsiek.


Gators of Florida

Coach Kelly Rae Finley, who had been acting as an interim coach until last month when she was appointed, has the Gators on track to earn their first NCAA tournament berth since 2016. In a year, Florida moved from being an afterthought in the SEC to placing fifth, including victories against Kim Mulkey’s LSU and perennial power Tennessee. However, after losing Kiki Smith, their leading scorer, rebounder, and distributor, to a season-ending injury in the SEC tournament, the Gators’ road forward will be rough.


Coyotes of South Dakota

South Dakota qualified for the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight season with a dominant performance over South Dakota State in the Summit League championship final. The Coyotes, led by Summit League Player of the Year Chloe Lamb, have won 25 of their last 26 games, including a significant early-season win against fellow tournament team Creighton. The Coyotes are attempting to win their first NCAA tournament game after being promoted to Division I.

Seeds No. 11


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The regular-season champion of the Atlantic 10 had just one conference defeat going into the conference tournament. Dayton eked into the NCAA tournament field as an at-large after losing to UMass in the A-10 title game. Over the previous decade, the Flyers have made several appearances in the NCAA Tournament, most notably in 2015 when they beat Louisville and advanced to the Elite Eight. Makira Cook, the squad’s leading scorer, was named to the A-10 all-tournament team.


Blue Demons of DePaul

Despite placing fourth in the Big East, DePaul had a strong nonconference season that included victories against Northwestern and Kentucky and close defeats to Arizona and Notre Dame to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Aneesah Morrow, the Big East Freshman of the Year, leads the Blue Demons’ fast-paced attack, which is one of the best scoring groups in the NCAA.


Seminoles of Florida State University

Florida State qualified for the NCAA tournament after a strong run in February and early March in which it won seven of their previous ten games. During that time, a now-healthy Florida State team, led by top scorer Morgan Jones, defeated Boston College twice, including in the ACC tournament second round, as well as Notre Dame and Georgia Tech.


Lady Bears of Missouri State

Missouri State finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference standings despite losing its leading scorer and rebounder, center Jasmine Franklin, to a season-ending ACL rupture in December, before succumbing in the tournament quarterfinals to 3-seed Northern Iowa. The Bears received an at-large berth as a result of this, as well as some strong nonconference performance previous to Franklin’s injury. Missouri State has reached the Sweet 16 in each of the previous two NCAA tournaments, but has lost both times to Stanford.


Tigers of Princeton

Princeton returned to the floor this year after missing the Ivy League’s 2020-21 season due to the pandemic, and it cruised through conference play, culminating in a win against Columbia in the Ivy League tournament championship on Saturday. The Tigers, headed by Abby Meyers, the undisputed conference player of the year, enter the NCAA tournament on a 17-game winning run, with just one game decided by less than 12 points. Princeton is aiming for its second NCAA title in program history.


Villanova University Wildcats

When star player Maddy Siegrist was injured early in the season, the Wildcats began 3-3, but once she returned, they went 20-3 the rest of the way. In February, they became the first team since 2013 to defeat UConn in a conference game, albeit they lost in the Big East tournament championship against the Huskies. Siegrist averages 25.9 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game, making him one of the best scorers in the country.

Seeds No. 12


Bruins of Belmont

The Bruins will be back in the fold in 2022 after winning their sixth Ohio Valley tournament title in seven seasons, defeating No. 5 seed Gonzaga as a 12-seed in the first round last year. Belmont, which is making its sixth NCAA tournament trip, is led by top guard Destinee Wells. This season, the Bruins finished 1-4 versus Power 5 opponents, with their lone victory coming against Ole Miss.


Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast

Don’t be shocked if FGCU is the mid-major that makes a splash in March. The Eagles have defeated numerous Power 5 teams (Michigan State and LSU), with Princeton and Stetson their only defeats this season (the latter while their best player, Kierstan Bell, was sidelined by injury). Bell, who is projected to be a first-round WNBA draft choice this year, was given conference player of the year despite missing a month of play due to a partly torn meniscus. She has scored at least 19 points in each game since returning, including 26 in the ASUN tournament title game to officially punch her team’s ticket to the NCAA tournament.


Minutewomen of UMass

Following their upset of top-seeded Dayton to secure the program’s first A-10 tournament championship, the Minutewomen, the Atlantic 10’s No. 3 seed, earned a ticket in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998. Forward Sam Breen became the first player in school history to earn A-10 Player of the Year, adding to UMass’ historic season. When the Minutewomen met Iowa State early in the season, they only lost by five points.


Ladyjacks of Stephen F. Austin

The Ladyjacks’ first year in the Western Athletic Conference didn’t seem to be too difficult for them, as they swept through league play to win both the regular-season and tournament championships. Zya Nugent, the tournament MVP, led Stephen F. Austin to victory against Grand Canyon in the final. Last year, Stephen F. Austin came close to defeating Georgia Tech in the first round, but blew a 17-point halftime lead.

Seeds No. 13


Buffalo Bulls are a team based in Buffalo, New

The second-seeded Bulls of the MAC defeated 5-seed Ball State to win the conference tournament for the third time in six years, but for the first time since 2019, punching their ticket to the NCAA tournament. Guard Dyaisha Fair, who became the program’s all-time leading scorer the same day she was crowned the MAC tournament’s most valuable player, leads them. Buffalo previously advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2018 under Felisha Legette-Jack.


The Delaware Blue Hens are a college football team from Delaware.

By defeating defending conference champion and top-seeded Drexel as a 2-seed in this year’s CAA tournament final game, the Blue Hens make their first NCAA tournament appearance since a back-to-back run in 2012-13. Delaware has one of the best scorers in the country in Jasmine Dickey, the CAA Player of the Year, who helped the Blue Hens earn their seventh NCAA tournament bid with a 27-point, 18-rebound performance against Drexel.


Jaguars of IUPUI

IUPUI has finally decided to dance. The Jaguars reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history after they won the Horizon League tournament title in 2020. After then, there was the epidemic. This time, four-time Horizon League Player of the Year Macee Williams ensured that one-seed IUPUI didn’t throw away its chance by scoring 19 points and grabbing 18 rebounds in the Jaguars’ championship game victory against 4-seed Cleveland State. They lost to Michigan in overtime in nonconference play but won Iowa.


Lady Rebels of UNLV

Coach Lindy La Rocque, a former player and assistant at Stanford, didn’t have to wait long to create history at UNLV. She led the Mountain West’s top-seeded Rebels to their first NCAA tournament trip since 2002 and first conference tournament title since 1994 in her second season at the helm, beating Colorado State in the final game. Desi-Rae Young, a center, was named Mountain West Player of the Year.

Seeds No. 14


Eagles of American University

The second-seeded Eagles avenged a loss to Bucknell in the 2019 Patriot League tournament final on Sunday, defeating the fourth-seeded Bison to win their third Patriot League tournament championship (and NCAA tournament spot) since 2015. American, who has won seven consecutive games, is led by guard Jade Edwards, who leads the team in scoring and rebounds.


The Charlotte 49ers are a team based in Charlotte,

With a victory against Louisiana Tech, the 49ers clinched their berth in the NCAA tournament as C-USA tournament winners (both teams were 1-seeds in their respective divisions). After leading the 49ers to a second-half comeback with 31 points, guard Octavia Jett-Wilson, the conference Player of the Year, was named tournament MVP. Charlotte is making their third participation in the event overall and first under coach Cara Consuegra.


Lady Tigers of Jackson State University

In recent league play, all Jackson State has known is domination. A 21-point demolition of third-seeded Alabama State in the SWAC tournament final sent the Lady Tigers into the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row. Jackson State has a nation-best 21-game winning run, edging out reigning national champion Stanford by a hair (20). Furthermore, the Lady Tigers’ average margin of loss versus Power 5 teams this season was only nine points. Center Their star, Ameshya Williams-Holliday, just won the SWAC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards.


Mavericks of UT Arlington

UT Arlington finished its Sun Belt Conference career on a high note, defeating top-seeded Troy in the tournament title game to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007. It was the Mavericks’ first trip to the conference tournament final since entering the league, and Sun Belt Player of the Year forward Starr Jacobs shined, winning the conference tournament MVP award as well.

Seeds No. 15


Stags of Fairfield

Fairfield, another team returning to the Big Dance after a long absence, won the MAAC tournament title against 3-seed Manhattan, completing a 15-game winning streak. Lou Lopez-Senechal, the tournament MVP, scored 24 points in her latest heroics in shouldering the offensive burden. The last time the Stags made the tournament was in 2001, which marked a remarkable finish to head coach Joe Frager’s tenure, as he announced his retirement before the season due to health issues.


Rainbow Wahine of Hawai’i

For the first time in school history, the Rainbow Wahine have swept both the regular-season and tournament titles in the Big West. Their victory against UC Irvine, a 2-seed, earned them their first NCAA tournament berth since 2016. Amy Atwell, a forward, earned the first Hawai’i player to win the Big West Player of the Year award earlier this month.


Redbirds of Illinois State University

After upsetting 3-seed Northern Iowa for the championship, the fourth-seeded Redbirds secured their ticket in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008, capping an unusual Missouri Valley Conference tournament in which neither of the top two seeds reached the final game. To progress to the final, Illinois State defeated top-seeded Southern Illinois. The tournament MVP was guard JuJu Redmond, who led the league in scoring during the regular season.


Bears of Mercer

Mercer cemented its hold on the Southern Conference with a win against third-seeded Furman, giving the Bears their second consecutive tournament title and NCAA tournament autobid, and their fourth in five seasons. Amoria Neal-26-point Tysor’s performance in the final helped her win the tournament’s most outstanding player title.

Seeds No. 16


Great Danes of Albany

The second-seeded Great Danes were declared America East tournament winners after dethroning top-seeded Maine, who had won 14 straight games, despite being expected to place fifth in the league preseason poll. Albany won their fifth tournament championship and first since 2017. Guard Kayla Cooper was named most outstanding player of the tournament.


Howard Bison is an American politician and businessman.

Top-seeded Howard stamped its ticket to March Madness with a victory over 2-seed Norfolk State in the MEAC tournament championship, led by tournament most outstanding player guard Destiny Howell’s career-high 25 points. It’s the first time the Bison have won the league championship and qualified for the NCAA tournament since 2001.


Cardinals of the Incarnate Word

Fifth-seeded Incarnate Word punched its ticket to the NCAA Division I tournament for the first time in program history after knocking off top seed Houston Baptist in the semifinals and then SE Louisiana in overtime for the Southland Conference championship in one of the biggest upsets of Championship Week this postseason. Prior to their run, the Cardinals had lost their last three regular-season games and had a 9-16 record (5-9 in SLC play) into the conference tournament. Tiana Gardner scored a game-high 22 points off the bench in the victory.


Lancers of Longwood

Longwood’s men’s and women’s basketball teams swept the Big South tournament crowns for the first time, punching their tickets to the NCAA tournament for the first time. It was a surprising turnaround for the women’s squad, who had just three victories three seasons before. To accomplish so, the Lancers thrashed top-seeded Campbell, who had upset Longwood in both of their previous encounters this season, thanks to tournament MVP Tra’Dayja Smith’s outstanding performance.


Bobcats of Montana State University

The Bobcats’ missed chance to compete for a championship in 2020 was fresh on their minds this week, since their participation in the Big Sky tournament final game was postponed because of the COVID-19 epidemic. They ultimately made up for it this time as a 2-seed, defeating 4-seed Northern Arizona to win the conference championship for the first time since 2017. On her route to being named the tournament’s most outstanding player, guard Darian White accomplished a little bit of everything for the Bobcats.


Mountaineers of Mount St. Mary’s

Third-seeded Mount St. Mary’s claimed back-to-back NEC tournament crowns with its win Sunday over upset-minded Bryant, a 7-seed that had taken down the No. 1 and Seeds No. 2 to reach the finals. After losing their first seven nonconference games, the Mountaineers enter the NCAA tournament having won a season-best six straight against league opponents. Kendall Bresee has her hand in much of the Mount’s success, leading the team in scoring, assists and rebounding.

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