|Finals site|| Amalie Arena |
|Champions|| Connecticut Huskies (10th title, 10th title game,|
16th Final Four)
|Runner-up|| Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5th title game,|
7th Final Four)
|Winning coach||Geno Auriemma (10th title)|
|MOP||Breanna Stewart (Connecticut)|
The 2015 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament was played between March and April 2015, with the Final Four played April 5 & 7. The regional locations, after a one-year experiment allowing tournament teams to host, returned to four neutral sites: Oklahoma City, Spokane, Greensboro and Albany.The subregionals were played 20–23 March, while the regionals were played 27–30 March. This represented a change; in the past, the rounds were played starting on a Saturday and ending on a Tuesday. In 2015, the opening rounds and regionals (but not the Final Four) were played starting on a Friday and ending on a Monday. The Final Four was played at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. For only the third time in history, all four of the number one seeds made it to the Final Four.
Tennessee continued its record streak of making every NCAA women's basketball tournament at 34 consecutive appearances. Connecticut also continued its record streak of eight consecutive Final Four appearances.
Pending any changes to the format, a total of 64 teams will enter the 2016 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.
The subregionals were played from 20–23 March 2015.
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 following sites were selected to host each round of the 2015 tournament:
First and Second Rounds (Subregionals)
Regional semifinals and finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight)
National semifinals and championship (Final Four and championship)
This was the second time that Tampa had hosted a Women's Final Four Basketball tournament; the prior time was in 2008.
The following teams automatically qualified for the 2015 NCAA field by virtue of winning their conference's tournament (except for the Ivy League, whose regular-season champion received the automatic bid).
|Atlantic 10||George Washington||16th||2003|
|Atlantic Sun||Florida Gulf Coast||3rd||2014|
|Big West||Cal State Northridge||3rd||2014|
|Missouri Valley||Wichita State||3rd||2014|
|Mountain West||Boise State||3rd||2007|
|Northeast||St. Francis Brooklyn||1st||Never|
|Ohio Valley||Tennessee State||3rd||1995|
|Summit||South Dakota State||6th||2013|
|Sun Belt||Arkansas-Little Rock||4th||2012|
|WAC||New Mexico State||3rd||1988|
* – Denotes overtime period
Unless otherwise noted, all times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−04).
Round of 64
Round of 32
|16||St. Francis Brooklyn||33|
|Storrs, Connecticut – Sat/Mon|
|Berkeley, California – Fri/Sun|
|Tampa, Florida – Sat/Mon|
|Lexington, Kentucky – Fri/Sun|
March 30, 2015
7:00 pm EDT
|#7 Dayton Flyers 70, #1 Connecticut Huskies91|
Times Union Center • Albany, New York
Breanna Stewart Most Outstanding Player (Connecticut)
Kaleena Mosquera-Lewis (Connecticut)
Moriah Jefferson (Connecticut)
Andrea Hoover (Dayton)
Ally Malott (Dayton)
Round of 64
Round of 32
|16||New Mexico State||57|
|College Park, Maryland – Sat/Mon|
|Durham, North Carolina – Fri/Sun|
|Corvallis, Oregon – Fri/Sun|
|14||South Dakota State||62|
|Knoxville, Tennessee – Sat/Mon|
March 30, 2015
6:00 pm PDT
|#2 Tennessee Lady Volunteers 48, #1 Maryland Terrapins 58|
| Pts: Massengale – 16|
Rebs: Graves, Reynolds – 7
Asts: Burdick – 6
|Pts: Brown – 15|
Rebs: Jones – 9
Asts: Mincy – 5
Spokane Arena • Spokane, Washington
Referees: Lisa Mattingly, Roy Gulbeyan, Kyle Bacon
Round of 64
Round of 32
|Notre Dame, Indiana – Fri/Sun|
|Stanford, California – Sat/Mon|
|13||Cal State Northridge||60|
|Iowa City, Iowa – Fri/Sun|
|Waco, Texas – Fri/Sun|
March 29, 2015
7:30 pm CDT
|#2 Baylor Lady Bears 68, #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish77|
Chesapeake Energy Arena • Oklahoma City
Round of 64
Round of 32
|Columbia, South Carolina – Fri/Sun|
|Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Sat/Mon|
|Tempe, Arizona – Sat/Mon|
|7||Florida Gulf Coast||75|
|7||Florida Gulf Coast||47|
|Tallahassee, Florida – Sat/Mon|
March 29, 2015
12:00 pm EDT
|#2 Florida State Seminoles 74, #1 South Carolina Gamecocks80|
| Pts: L. Romero – 13|
Rebs: I. Slaughter, Romero – 7
Asts: Slaughter, Romero – 4
|Pts: T. Mitchell – 21|
Rebs: Mitchell – 6
Asts: Mitchell – 5
Halftime Score: Florida State, 41-38
Greensboro Coliseum • Greensboro, North Carolina
Referees: Felicia Grinter, Penny Davis, Brian Enterline
During the Final Four round, regardless of the seeds of the participating teams, the champion of the top overall top seed's region plays against the champion of the fourth-ranked top seed's region, and the champion of the second overall top seed's region plays against the champion of the third-ranked top seed's region. The committee placed the four No. 1 seeded teams 1 through 4 in each of the four regions, thus determining the Final Four semifinals pairings.
|National Championship Game|
Sunday, April 5
6:30 PM EDT
|#1 South Carolina Gamecocks 65, #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish66|
| Pts: A. Wilson – 20|
Rebs: A. Welch – 14
Asts: B. Cuevas – 3
|Pts: J. Loyd – 22|
Rebs: B. Turner – 8
Asts: M. Mabrey – 5
Halftime Score: Notre Dame, 32-28
Amalie Arena – Tampa, Florida
Referees: Brian Brunette, Felicia Grinter, Lisa Mattingly
Sunday, April 5
9:04 PM EDT
|#1 Connecticut Huskies81, #1 Maryland Terrapins 58|
| Pts: B. Stewart – 25|
Rebs: M. Tuck – 9
Asts: K. Mosqueda-Lewis – 7
Halftime Score: UConn, 44-33
|Pts: B. Jones – 14|
Rebs: T. Pfirman – 5
Asts: Jones, B. Moseley – 4
Amalie Arena – Tampa, Florida
Referees: Eric Brewton, Maj Forsberg, Joseph Vaszily
April 7, 2015
|#1 Connecticut Huskies63, #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 53|
| Pts: M. Jefferson, K. Mosqueda-Lewis – 15|
Rebs: B. Stewart – 15
Asts: M. Tuck – 7
Halftime Score: UConn, 31-23
|Pts: B. Turner – 14|
Rebs: T. Reimer – 11
Asts: L. Allen – 7
Amalie Arena • Tampa, Florida
Referees: Denise Brooks, Dee Kantner, Mark Zentz
ESPN had US television rights to all games during the tournament.For the first and second round, ESPN aired select games nationally on ESPN, 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 one that had the closest score. The regional semifinals were split between ESPN and ESPN2, and ESPN aired the regional finals, national semifinals, and championship match. Coverage began with the selection show on Monday, March 12, 2015.
First & Second Rounds Friday/Sunday
Sweet Sixteen & Elite Eight Friday/Sunday
First & Second Rounds Saturday/Monday
Sweet Sixteen & Elite Eight Saturday/Monday
Westwood One had exclusive radio rights to the entire tournament.Teams participating in the Regional Finals, Final Four, and championship were allowed to have their own local broadcasts, but they were not allowed to stream those broadcasts online.
Regional Finals Sunday
Regional Finals Monday
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