2011 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament

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2011 NCAA Division I
Women's Basketball Tournament
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Teams64
Finals site Conseco Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, Indiana
Champions Texas A&M Aggies (1st title)
Runner-up Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2nd title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Gary Blair (1st title)
MOP Danielle Adams (Texas A&M)
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The 2011 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament began on March 19, 2011 and concluded on April 5, 2011. The Texas A&M Aggies won the championship, defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 76–70 in the final held at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [1] [2] [3]

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The tournament was also notable for a historic run by Gonzaga that ultimately ended in the final of the Spokane Region. With the help of two games on their home court and a regional held less than two miles away, the #11-seeded Bulldogs became the lowest seed ever to make a regional final in the history of the women's tournament. [4]

Tournament procedure

Pending any changes to the format, a total of 64 teams will enter the 2011 tournament. 32 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.

2011 NCAA Tournament schedule and venues

There were 64 teams in the tournament, placed in a seeded bracket with four regions. Thirty-two teams received automatic bids – thirty-one of which were their conference tournament champions; the other was for the Ivy League regular-season champion. An additional 32 teams were given at-large bids by the selection committee on the basis of their body of work during the regular season. Unlike the Men's Tournament, there was no "First Four" round.

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2011 NCAA subregionals


First and Second rounds (Subregionals)

Subregionals were played from March 19 through March 22.

The following 16 sites were used for first and second-round games: [5]

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Spokane
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2011 NCAA Regionals and Final Four

Regional semifinals and finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight)

The Regionals, named for the city rather than the region of geographic importance since 2005, which were held from March 26 to March 29, were at these sites: [5]

NOTES: 1. Unless noted, all sites are on campus.
2. This marked the first time since the NCAA started pre-determining subregional sites that one city hosted both a sub-regional and regional final as Spokane served as a host city twice in the same tournament.


National semifinals and championship (Final Four and national championship)

This was the second time that Indianapolis hosted a Women's Final Four Basketball tournament; the prior times were in 2005 as per the NCAA's policy of hosting one of each of the men's and women's Final Four every five years in the home city of the NCAA offices.

Tournament records

Qualifying teams – automatic

Sixty-four teams were selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Thirty-one conferences were eligible for an automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA tournament. [7] Tennessee continues its record of being present at every NCAA Tournament since the NCAA began sanctioning women's sports in the 1981–82 school year.

Automatic Bids
  Record 
Qualifying SchoolConferenceRegular
Season
ConferenceSeed
Arkansas–Little Rock Sun Belt 23–714–212
Baylor Big 12 31–215–11
Bowling Green MAC 28–413–312
UC Davis Big West 24–810–616
UCF C-USA 22–1012–413
Connecticut Big East 32–116–01
Duke ACC 29–312–22
Fresno State WAC 25–714–212
Gardner–Webb Big South 23–1011–514
Gonzaga West Coast 28–414–011
Green Bay Horizon 32–118–05
Hampton MEAC 26–615–113
Hartford America East 17–1511–516
James Madison Colonial 26–716–211
Marist MAAC 30–218–010
McNeese State Southland 26–615–115
Montana Big Sky 18–1410–614
Navy Patriot 20–1110–414
Northern Iowa Missouri Valley 27–517–113
Ohio State Big Ten 22–910–64
Prairie View A&M SWAC 21–1114–416
Princeton Ivy 24–413–112
Saint Francis (PA) Northeast 22–1114–413
Samford Southern 25–715–514
South Dakota State Summit 19–1312–615
Stanford Pac-10 29–218–01
Stetson Atlantic Sun 20–1214–716
Tennessee SEC 31–216–01
Tennessee–Martin Ohio Valley 21–1014–415
Utah Mountain West 18–167–915
Xavier Atlantic 10 28–214–02

Qualifying teams – at-large

Thirty-three additional teams were selected to complete the sixty-four invitations. [7]

At-large Bids
  Record 
Qualifying SchoolConferenceRegular
Season
ConferenceSeed
Arizona State Pac-1020–1011–77
Dayton Atlantic 1021–119–511
DePaul Big East27–613–33
Florida State ACC23–711–33
Georgetown Big East23–89–75
Georgia SEC21–1010–66
Georgia Tech ACC23–109–55
Houston C-USA26–516–08
Iowa Big Ten22–810–66
Iowa State Big 1222–109–77
Kansas State Big 1221–1010–68
Kentucky SEC24–811–54
Louisiana Tech WAC24–715–110
Louisville Big East20–1210–67
Marquette Big East23–810–68
Maryland ACC23–79–54
Miami ACC27–412–23
Michigan State Big Ten26–513–34
Middle Tennessee Sun Belt23–714–211
North Carolina ACC25–88–65
Notre Dame Big East26–713–32
Oklahoma Big 1221–1110–66
Penn State Big Ten24–911–56
Purdue Big Ten20–119–79
Rutgers Big East19–1211–57
St. John's Big East21–109–79
Temple Atlantic 1023–813–110
Texas Big 1219–137–99
Texas A&M Big 1227–513–32
Texas Tech Big 1222–108–88
UCLA Pac-1027–416–23
Vanderbilt SEC20–1110–610
West Virginia Big East23–98–89

Tournament seeds

Philadelphia Regional Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
SeedSchoolConferenceRecordBerth type
1ConnecticutBig East32–1Automatic
2DukeACC29–3Automatic
3DePaulBig East27–6At-large
4MarylandACC23–7At-large
5GeorgetownBig East23–8At-large
6Penn StateBig Ten24–9At-large
7Iowa StateBig 1222–10At-large
8Kansas StateBig 1221–10At-large
9PurdueBig Ten20–11At-large
10MaristMAAC30–2Automatic
11DaytonAtlantic 1021–11At-large
12PrincetonIvy24–4Automatic
13Saint Francis (PA)Northeast22–11Automatic
14NavyPatriot20–11Automatic
15Tennessee-MartinOhio Valley21–10Automatic
16HartfordAmerica East17–15Automatic
Dayton Regional University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
SeedSchoolConferenceRecordBerth type
1TennesseeSEC31–2Automatic
2Notre DameBig East26–7At-large
3Miami (FL)ACC27–4At-large
4Ohio StateBig Ten22–9Automatic
5Georgia TechACC23–10At-large
6OklahomaBig 1221–11At-large
7Arizona StatePac-1020–10At-large
8MarquetteBig East23–8At-large
9TexasBig 1219–13At-large
10TempleAtlantic 1023–8At-large
11James MadisonCAA26–7Automatic
12Bowling GreenMAC28–4Automatic
13UCFConference USA22–10Automatic
14Gardner-WebbBig South23–10Automatic
15UtahMountain West18–16Automatic
16StetsonAtlantic Sun20–12Automatic
Spokane Regional Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Washington
SeedSchoolConferenceRecordBerth type
1StanfordPac-1029–2Automatic
2XavierAtlantic 1028–2Automatic
3UCLAPac-1027–4At-large
4KentuckySEC24–8At-large
5North CarolinaACC25–8At-large
6IowaBig Ten22–8At-large
7LouisvilleBig East20–12At-large
8Texas TechBig 1222–10At-large
9St. John'sBig East21–10At-large
10VanderbiltSEC20–11At-large
11GonzagaWest Coast28–4Automatic
12Fresno StateWAC25–7Automatic
13HamptonMEAC26–6Automatic
14MontanaBig Sky18–14Automatic
15South Dakota StateSummit19–13Automatic
16UC DavisBig West24–8Automatic
Dallas Regional American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
SeedSchoolConferenceRecordBerth type
1BaylorBig 1231–2Automatic
2Texas A&MBig 1227–5At-large
3Florida StateACC23–7At-large
4Michigan StateBig Ten26–5At-large
5Green BayHorizon32–1Automatic
6GeorgiaSEC21–10At-large
7RutgersBig East19–12At-large
8HoustonConference USA26–5At-large
9West VirginiaBig East23–9At-large
10Louisiana TechWAC24–7At-large
11Middle TennesseeSun Belt23–7At-large
12Arkansas-Little RockSun Belt23–7Automatic
13Northern IowaMissouri Valley27–5Automatic
14SamfordSouthern25–7Automatic
15McNeese StateSouthland26–6Automatic
16Prairie View A&MSWAC21–11Automatic

Bids by conference

Thirty-one conferences earned an automatic bid. In twenty-one cases, the automatic bid was the only representative from the conference. Thirty-three additional at-large teams were selected from ten of the conferences. [7]

BidsConferenceTeams
9Big EastConnecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Rutgers, St. John's, West Virginia
7Big 12Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech
6ACCDuke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina
5Big TenOhio State, Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue
4SECTennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Vanderbilt
3Atlantic 10Xavier, Dayton, Temple
3Pac-10Stanford, Arizona State, UCLA
2C-USAUCF, Houston
2Sun BeltArkansas–Little Rock, Middle Tennessee
2WACFresno State, Louisiana Tech
1America EastHartford
1Atlantic SunStetson
1Big SkyMontana
1Big SouthGardner-Webb
1Big WestUC Davis
1ColonialJames Madison
1HorizonGreen Bay
1IvyPrinceton
1MAACMarist
1MACBowling Green
1MEACHampton
1Missouri ValleyNorthern Iowa
1Mountain WestUtah
1NortheastSaint Francis (PA)
1Ohio ValleyTennessee–Martin
1PatriotNavy
1SouthernSamford
1SouthlandMcNeese State
1SummitSouth Dakota State
1SWACPrairie View
1West CoastGonzaga

Bids by state

The sixty-four teams came from thirty states, plus Washington, D.C. Texas had the most teams with six bids. Twenty states did not have any teams receiving bids. [7]

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NCAA Women's basketball Tournament invitations by state 2011
BidsStateTeams
6 Texas Baylor, Prairie View, Houston, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech
4 California Fresno State, Stanford, UC Davis, UCLA
4 Florida Stetson, UCF, Florida State, Miami
4 Ohio Bowling Green, Ohio State, Xavier, Dayton
4 Tennessee Tennessee, Tennessee–Martin, Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt
3 Iowa Northern Iowa, Iowa, Iowa State
3 Pennsylvania Penn State, Saint Francis (PA), Temple
3 North Carolina Duke, Gardner-Webb, North Carolina
2 Connecticut Connecticut, Hartford
2 Georgia Georgia, Georgia Tech
2 Indiana Notre Dame, Purdue
2 Kentucky Kentucky, Louisville
2 Louisiana McNeese State, Louisiana Tech
2 Maryland Navy, Maryland
2 New Jersey Princeton, Rutgers
2 New York Marist, St. John's
2 Virginia Hampton, James Madison
2 Wisconsin Green Bay, Marquette
1 Alabama Samford
1 Arizona Arizona State
1 Arkansas Arkansas–Little Rock
1 District of Columbia Georgetown
1 Illinois DePaul
1 Kansas Kansas State
1 Michigan Michigan State
1 Montana Montana
1 Oklahoma Oklahoma
1 South Dakota South Dakota State
1 Utah Utah
1 Washington Gonzaga
1 West Virginia West Virginia

Brackets

* – Denotes overtime period Unless otherwise noted, all times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-04) [8]

Philadelphia Region

First round
March 19–20
Second round
March 21–22
Regional semifinals
March 27
Regional Finals
March 29
            
1 Connecticut 75
16 Hartford 39
1 Connecticut64
Storrs, CT
9 Purdue 40
8 Kansas State 45
9 Purdue 53
1 Connecticut68
5 Georgetown 63
5 Georgetown 65
12 Princeton 49
5 Georgetown79
College Park, MD
4 Maryland 57
4 Maryland 70
13 Saint Francis (PA) 48
1 Connecticut75
2 Duke 40
6 Penn State 75
11 Dayton 66
6 Penn State 73
University Park, PA
3 DePaul75
3 DePaul 56
14 Navy 43
3 DePaul 63
2 Duke70
7 Iowa State 64
10 Marist 74
10 Marist 66
Durham, NC
2 Duke71
2 Duke 90
15 Tennessee–Martin 45

Dayton Region

First round
March 19–20
Second round
March 21–22
Regional semifinals
March 26
Regional Finals
March 28
            
1 Tennessee 99
16 Stetson 34
1 Tennessee79
Knoxville, TN
8 Marquette 70
8 Marquette 68
9 Texas 65
1 Tennessee85
4 Ohio State 75
5 Georgia Tech 69
12 Bowling Green 58
5 Georgia Tech 60
Columbus, OH
4 Ohio State67
4 Ohio State 80
13 UCF 69
1 Tennessee 59
2 Notre Dame73
6 Oklahoma 86
11 James Madison 72
6 Oklahoma88
Charlottesville, VA
3 Miami 83
3 Miami 80
14 Gardner–Webb 62
6 Oklahoma 53
2 Notre Dame78
7 Arizona State 45
10 Temple 63
10 Temple 64
Salt Lake City, UT
2 Notre Dame77
2 Notre Dame 67
15 Utah 54

Spokane Region

First round
March 19–20
Second round
March 21–22
Regional semifinals
March 26
Regional Finals
March 28
            
1 Stanford 86
16 UC Davis 59
1 Stanford75
Stanford, CA
9 St. John's 49
8 Texas Tech 50
9 St. John's 55
1 Stanford72
5 North Carolina 65
5 North Carolina 82
12 Fresno State 68
5 North Carolina86
Albuquerque, NM
4 Kentucky 74
4 Kentucky 66*
13 Hampton 62
1 Stanford83
11 Gonzaga 60
6 Iowa 86
11 Gonzaga 92
11 Gonzaga89
Spokane, WA
3 UCLA 75
3 UCLA 55
14 Montana 47
11Gonzaga76
7 Louisville 69
7 Louisville 81
10 Vanderbilt 62
7 Louisville85
Cincinnati, OH
2 Xavier 75
2 Xavier 72
15 South Dakota State 56

Dallas Region

First round
March 20
Second round
March 22
Regional semifinals
March 27
Regional Finals
March 29
            
1 Baylor 66
16 Prairie View A&M 30
1 Baylor82
Waco, TX
9 West Virginia 68
8 Houston 73
9 West Virginia 78
1 Baylor86
5 Green Bay 76
5 Green Bay 59
12 Arkansas–Little Rock 55
5 Green Bay65
Wichita, KS
4 Michigan State 56
4 Michigan State 69
13 Northern Iowa 66
1 Baylor 46
2 Texas A&M58
6 Georgia 56
11 Middle Tennessee 41
6 Georgia61
Auburn, AL
3 Florida State 59
3 Florida State 76
14 Samford 46
6 Georgia 38
2 Texas A&M79
7 Rutgers 76
10 Louisiana Tech 51
7 Rutgers 48
Bossier City, LA
2 Texas A&M70
2 Texas A&M 87
15 McNeese State 47

Final Four – Indianapolis, Indiana

National semifinals
April 3
National Championship Game
April 5
      
P1 Connecticut 63
DT2 Notre Dame72
DT2 Notre Dame 70
DL2 Texas A&M76
S1 Stanford 62
DL2 Texas A&M63

Record by conference

Conference# of BidsRecordWin %Round
of 32
Sweet
Sixteen
Elite
Eight
Final
Four
Championship
Game
Big East 919–9.67995221
Big 12 711–6.64733211
ACC 69–6.600621
Big Ten 55–5.50041
SEC 46–4.600321
Pac-10 35–3.6252111
Atlantic 10 32–3.4002
Conference USA 20–2.000
Sun Belt 20–2.000
WAC 20–2.000
Horizon 12–1.50011
West Coast 13–1.750111
MAAC 11–1.5001

Eighteen conferences went 0–1: the America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Ivy League, MEAC, MAC, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, SWAC and the Summit

All-Tournament team

Game officials

Media coverage

Television

ESPN had US television rights to all games during the tournament. For the first and second round, ESPN aired select games nationally on ESPN or ESPNU. All other games were aired regionally on ESPN2 and streamed online via ESPN3. 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 one that was the closest. The regional semifinals were split between ESPN and ESPN2, and ESPN aired the regional finals, national semifinals, and championship match. [9]

Studio host & analysts

Commentary teams

See also

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