|Finals site|| Conseco Fieldhouse |
|Champions||Texas A&M Aggies (1st title)|
|Runner-up||Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2nd title game)|
|Winning coach||Gary Blair (1st title)|
|MOP||Danielle Adams (Texas A&M)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.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.
|Arkansas–Little Rock||Sun Belt||23–7||14–2||12|
|UC Davis||Big West||24–8||10–6||16|
|Northern Iowa||Missouri Valley||27–5||17–1||13|
|Ohio State||Big Ten||22–9||10–6||4|
|Prairie View A&M||SWAC||21–11||14–4||16|
|Saint Francis (PA)||Northeast||22–11||14–4||13|
|South Dakota State||Summit||19–13||12–6||15|
Thirty-three additional teams were selected to complete the sixty-four invitations.
|Iowa State||Big 12||22–10||9–7||7|
|Kansas State||Big 12||21–10||10–6||8|
|Michigan State||Big Ten||26–5||13–3||4|
|Middle Tennessee||Sun Belt||23–7||14–2||11|
|Notre Dame||Big East||26–7||13–3||2|
|Penn State||Big Ten||24–9||11–5||6|
|St. John's||Big East||21–10||9–7||9|
|Texas A&M||Big 12||27–5||13–3||2|
|Texas Tech||Big 12||22–10||8–8||8|
|West Virginia||Big East||23–9||8–8||9|
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.
|9||Big East||Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Rutgers, St. John's, West Virginia|
|7||Big 12||Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech|
|6||ACC||Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina|
|5||Big Ten||Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue|
|4||SEC||Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Vanderbilt|
|3||Atlantic 10||Xavier, Dayton, Temple|
|3||Pac-10||Stanford, Arizona State, UCLA|
|2||Sun Belt||Arkansas–Little Rock, Middle Tennessee|
|2||WAC||Fresno State, Louisiana Tech|
|1||Big West||UC Davis|
|1||Missouri Valley||Northern Iowa|
|1||Northeast||Saint Francis (PA)|
|1||Summit||South Dakota 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.
|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||Georgia||Georgia, Georgia Tech|
|2||Indiana||Notre Dame, Purdue|
|2||Louisiana||McNeese State, Louisiana Tech|
|2||New Jersey||Princeton, Rutgers|
|2||New York||Marist, St. John's|
|2||Virginia||Hampton, James Madison|
|2||Wisconsin||Green Bay, Marquette|
|1||District of Columbia||Georgetown|
|1||South Dakota||South Dakota State|
|1||West Virginia||West Virginia|
* – Denotes overtime period Unless otherwise noted, all times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-04)
|Second round |
|Regional semifinals |
|Regional Finals |
|College Park, MD|
|13||Saint Francis (PA)||48|
|University Park, PA|
|Second round |
|Regional semifinals |
|Regional Finals |
|Salt Lake City, UT|
|Second round |
|Regional semifinals |
|Regional Finals |
|15||South Dakota State||56|
|Second round |
|Regional semifinals |
|Regional Finals |
|16||Prairie View A&M||30|
|Bossier City, LA|
|National Championship Game|
|Conference||# of Bids||Record||Win %||Round|
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
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.
First & Second Rounds Saturday/Monday
Sweet Sixteen & Elite Eight Saturday/Monday
First & Second Rounds Sunday/Tuesday
Sweet Sixteen & Elite Eight Sunday/Tuesday
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