2018 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament

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2018 NCAA Division I
women's basketball tournament
2018 NCAA Women's Final Four logo.svg
Season 201718
Teams64
Finals site Nationwide Arena
Columbus, Ohio
Champions Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2nd title, 6th title game,
8th Final Four)
Runner-up Mississippi State Bulldogs (2nd title game,
2nd Final Four)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Muffet McGraw (2nd title)
MOP Arike Ogunbowale (Notre Dame)
NCAA Division I Women's Tournaments
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The 2018 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament began on March 16, 2018, and concluded with the national championship game on Sunday, April 1. The Final Four was played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. [1] This is the third time that the women's Final Four was played in Ohio after previously being held in Cincinnati in 1997 and Cleveland in 2007 and the first time that the women's Final Four was played in Columbus. [2] For only the fourth time in the tournament’s 37-year history, all four of the number one seeds made it to the Final Four (1989, 2012, 2015).

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Tennessee continued its record streak of making every NCAA women's basketball tournament at 37 consecutive appearances. Connecticut also continued its record streak of 11 consecutive Final Four appearances.

Tournament procedure

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.

2018 NCAA tournament schedule and venues

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 and 2017. The following are the sites selected to host the last four rounds of the 2018 tournament. [3] [4] [5]

First and Second rounds (Subregionals)

Regional semifinals and finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight)

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Albany
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Kansas City
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Spokane
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Columbus
2018 NCAA regionals and Final Four

National semifinals and Championship (Final Four and Championship)

Subregionals tournament and automatic qualifiers

Selections for the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship were announced at 7 p.m. Eastern time, Monday, March 12 via ESPN.

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.

A total of 64 teams entered the 2018 tournament. 32 automatic bids teams were given to teams that won their conference tournament. The remaining 32 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which were extended by the NCAA Selection Committee.

The selection committee also seeded the entire field from 1 to 64.

Automatic qualifiers

The following teams automatically qualified for the 2018 NCAA field by virtue of winning their conference's tournament.

ConferenceTeamRecordAppearanceLast bid
ACC Louisville 32–221st2017
America East Maine 23–98th2004
American Connecticut 32–030th2017
Atlantic 10 George Washington 19–1318th2016
Atlantic Sun Florida Gulf Coast 30–45th2017
Big 12 Baylor 31–117th2017
Big East DePaul 26–723rd2017
Big Sky Northern Colorado 26–61stNever
Big South Liberty 24–917th2013
Big Ten Ohio State 27–625th2017
Big West Cal State Northridge 19–154th2015
Colonial Elon 25–72nd2017
C-USA Western Kentucky 24–820th2017
Horizon Green Bay 29–318th2017
Ivy League Princeton 24–57th2016
MAAC Quinnipiac 27–54th2017
Mid-American Central Michigan 28–44th2013
MEAC North Carolina A&T 23–84th2016
Missouri Valley Drake 26–712th2017
Mountain West Boise State 23–95th2017
Northeast Saint Francis (PA) 24–912th2011
Ohio Valley Belmont 31–34th2017
Pac-12 Oregon 30–414th2017
Patriot American 26–62nd2015
SEC South Carolina 26–615th2017
Southern Mercer 30–21stNever
Southland Nicholls State 19–131stNever
SWAC Grambling State 19–136th1999
Summit South Dakota State 26–68th2016
Sun Belt Little Rock 23–95th2015
West Coast Gonzaga 27–510th2017
WAC Seattle 18–141stNever

Tournament seeds

Albany regional – Times Union Center,
Albany, New York
SeedSchoolConferenceRecordRPI [6] Berth type
1 Connecticut American32–01Automatic
2 South Carolina SEC26–611Automatic
3 Florida State ACC25–68At-large
4 Georgia SEC25–626At-Large
5 Duke ACC22–819At-Large
6 South Florida American26–714At-Large
7 California Pac-1221–1043At-Large
8 Miami (FL) ACC21–1053At-Large
9 Quinnipiac MAAC27–537Automatic
10 Virginia ACC18–1333At-Large
11 Buffalo Mid-American27–522At-Large
12 Belmont Ohio Valley31–357Automatic
13 Mercer Southern30–248Automatic
14 Little Rock Sun Belt23–988Automatic
15 North Carolina A&T MEAC23–8154Automatic
16 Saint Francis (PA) Northeast24–999Automatic
Kansas City regional – Sprint Center,
Kansas City, Missouri
SeedSchoolConferenceRecordRPIBerth type
1 Mississippi State SEC32–15At-Large
2 Texas Big 1226–612At-Large
3 UCLA Pac-1224–710At-Large
4 NC State ACC24–817At-Large
5 Maryland Big Ten25–718At-Large
6 Iowa Big Ten24–721At-Large
7 Arizona State Pac-1221–1255At-Large
8 Syracuse ACC22–838At-Large
9 Oklahoma State Big 1220–1058At-Large
10 Nebraska Big Ten21–1060At-Large
11 Creighton Big East18–1249At-Large
12 Princeton Ivy League24–527Automatic
13 Elon Colonial25–731Automatic
14 American Patriot26–646Automatic
15 Maine America East23–970Automatic
16 Nicholls State Southland19–13189Automatic
Lexington regional – Rupp Arena,
Lexington, Kentucky
SeedSchoolConferenceRecordRPIBerth type
1 Louisville ACC32–23Automatic
2 Baylor Big 1231–14Automatic
3 Tennessee SEC24–79At-Large
4 Stanford Pac-1222–1013At-Large
5 Missouri SEC24–724At-Large
6 Oregon State Pac-1223–742At-Large
7 Michigan Big Ten22–939At-Large
8 Marquette Big East23–925At-Large
9 Dayton Atlantic 1023–636At-Large
10 Northern Colorado Big Sky26–632Automatic
11 Western Kentucky C-USA24–850Automatic
12 Florida Gulf Coast Atlantic Sun30–447Automatic
13 Gonzaga West Coast27–534Automatic
14 Liberty Big South24–982Automatic
15 Grambling State SWAC19–13210Automatic
16 Boise State Mountain West23–9111Automatic
Spokane regional – Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena,
Spokane, Washington
SeedSchoolConferenceRecordRPIBerth type
1 Notre Dame ACC29–32At-Large
2 Oregon Pac-1230–47Automatic
3 Ohio State Big Ten27–66Automatic
4 Texas A&M SEC24–916At-Large
5 DePaul Big East26–720Automatic
6 LSU SEC19–929At-Large
7 Green Bay Horizon29–323Automatic
8 South Dakota State Summit26–628Automatic
9 Villanova Big East22–830At-Large
10 Minnesota Big Ten23–841At-Large
11 Central Michigan Mid-American28–415Automatic
12 Oklahoma Big 1216–1435At-Large
13 Drake Missouri Valley26–763Automatic
14 George Washington Atlantic 1019–1377Automatic
15 Seattle WAC18–14196Automatic
16 Cal State Northridge Big West19–15178Automatic

Bracket

All times are listed as Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4)
* – Denotes overtime period

Albany regional – Albany, New York

First round
Round of 64
March 16–17
Second round
Round of 32
March 18–19
Regional semifinals
Sweet 16
March 24
Regional final
Elite 8
March 26
            
1 Connecticut140
16 St. Francis (PA) 52
1 Connecticut71
Storrs, Connecticut (Sat/Mon)
9 Quinnipiac 46
8 Miami (FL) 72
9 Quinnipiac86
1 Connecticut72
5 Duke 59
5 Duke72
12 Belmont 58
5 Duke66
Athens, Georgia (Sat/Mon)
4 Georgia 40
4 Georgia68
13 Mercer 63
1 Connecticut94
2 South Carolina 65
6 South Florida 79
11 Buffalo102
11 Buffalo86
Tallahassee, Florida (Sat/Mon)
3 Florida State 65
3 Florida State91
14 Little Rock 49
11 Buffalo 63
2 South Carolina79
7 California 62
10Virginia68
10 Virginia 56
Columbia, South Carolina (Fri/Sun)
2 South Carolina66
2 South Carolina63
15 North Carolina A&T 52

Albany regional final

ESPN
Monday, March 26
7:00 pm
#1 Connecticut Huskies94, #2 South Carolina Gamecocks 65
Scoring by quarter: 30–12, 24–21, 22–14, 18–18
Pts: G. Williams 23
Rebs: N. Collier 7
Asts: K. Samuelson 7
Pts: A. Wilson 27
Rebs: A. Wilson 8
Asts: D. Cliney/T. Harris/B. Jackson/A. Jennings 2
Times Union Center – Albany, New York
Attendance: 9,522
Referees: Eric Brewton, Roy Gulbeyan, Brenda Pantoja

Albany regional all tournament team

Kansas City regional – Kansas City, Missouri

First round
Round of 64
March 16–17
Second round
Round of 32
March 18–19
regional Semifinals
Sweet 16
March 23
regional final
Elite 8
March 25
            
1 Mississippi State95
16 Nicholls State 50
1 Mississippi State71
Starkville, Mississippi (Sat/Mon)
9 Oklahoma State 56
8 Syracuse 57
9 Oklahoma State84
1 Mississippi State71
4 NC State 57
5Maryland77
12 Princeton 57
5 Maryland 60
Raleigh, North Carolina (Fri/Sun)
4 NC State74
4NC State62
13 Elon 35
1 Mississippi State89
3 UCLA 73
6 Iowa 70
11 Creighton76
11 Creighton 64
Los Angeles, California (Sat/Mon)
3 UCLA86
3 UCLA71
14 American 60
3 UCLA84
2 Texas 75
7 Arizona State73
10 Nebraska 62
7 Arizona State 65
Austin, Texas (Sat/Mon)
2 Texas85
2 Texas83
15 Maine 54

Kansas City regional final

ESPN
Sunday, March 25
7:30 pm
#1 Mississippi State Bulldogs89, #3 UCLA Bruins 73
Scoring by quarter: 23–17, 19–9, 21–24, 26–23
Pts: V. Vivians 24
Rebs: T. McCowan 21
Asts: R. Johnson/M. William 5
Pts: J. Canada 23
Rebs: J. Canada 8
Asts: J. Canada 5
Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
Attendance: 4,089
Referees: Tina Napier, Charles Gonzalez, Susan Blauch

Kansas City regional all tournament team

Lexington regional – Lexington, Kentucky

First round
Round of 64
March 16–17
Second round
Round of 32
March 18–19
regional Semifinals
Sweet 16
March 23
regional final
Elite 8
March 25
            
1Louisville74
16 Boise State 42
1 Louisville90
Louisville, Kentucky (Fri/Sun)
8 Marquette 72
8Marquette84
9 Dayton 65
1 Louisville86
4 Stanford 59
5 Missouri 70
12 Florida Gulf Coast80
12 Florida Gulf Coast 70
Stanford, California (Sat/Mon)
4 Stanford90
4 Stanford82
13 Gonzaga 68
1 Louisville76
6 Oregon State 43
6Oregon State82
11 Western Kentucky 58
6 Oregon State66
Knoxville, Tennessee (Fri/Sun)
3 Tennessee 59
3Tennessee100
14 Liberty 60
6 Oregon State72
2 Baylor 67
7 Michigan75
10 Northern Colorado 61
7 Michigan 58
Waco, Texas (Fri/Sun)
2 Baylor80
2 Baylor96
15 Grambling State 46

Lexington regional final

ESPN
Sunday, March 25
12:00 pm
#1 Louisville Cardinals76, #6 Oregon State Beavers 43
Scoring by quarter: 14–8, 17–16, 28–12, 17–7
Pts: A. Durr 18
Rebs: J. Jones 6
Asts: K. McWilliams
Pts: M. Gülich 14
Rebs: M. Gülich 8
Asts: D. Evans 5
Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY
Attendance: 6,268
Referees: Dee Kantner, Jesse Dickerson, Michol Murray

Lexington regional all tournament team

Spokane regional – Spokane, Washington

First round
Round of 64
March 16–17
Second round
Round of 32
March 18–19
regional Semifinals
Sweet 16
March 24
regional final
Elite 8
March 26
            
1Notre Dame99
16 Cal State Northridge 81
1 Notre Dame98
Notre Dame, Indiana (Fri/Sun)
9 Villanova 72
8 South Dakota State 74
9 Villanova81*
1 Notre Dame90
4 Texas A&M 84
5DePaul90
12 Oklahoma 79
5 DePaul 79
College Station, Texas (Fri/Sun)
4 Texas A&M80
4Texas A&M89
13 Drake 76
1 Notre Dame84
2 Oregon 74
6 LSU 69
11 Central Michigan78
11 Central Michigan95
Columbus, Ohio (Sat/Mon)
3 Ohio State 78
3 Ohio State87
14 George Washington 45
11 Central Michigan 68
2 Oregon83
7 Green Bay 77
10 Minnesota89
10 Minnesota 73
Eugene, Oregon (Fri/Sun)
2 Oregon101
2 Oregon88
15 Seattle 45

Spokane regional final

ESPN
Monday, March 26
9:00 pm
#1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish84, #2 Oregon Ducks 74
Scoring by quarter: 22–21, 18–25, 21–9, 23–19
Pts: K. Westbeld 20
Rebs: J. Young 13
Asts: M. Mabrey 7
Pts: S. Ionescu 26
Rebs: R. Hebard 10
Asts: S. Ionescu 4
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena – Spokane, WA
Attendance: 5,226
Referees: Lisa Mattingly, Penny Davis, Kevin Pethtel

Spokane regional all tournament team

Final Four

During the Final Four round, regardless of the seeds of the participating teams, the champion of the top overall top seed's region (Connecticut's Albany Region) plays against the champion of the fourth-ranked top seed's region (Notre Dame's Spokane Region), and the champion of the second overall top seed's region (Mississippi State's Kansas City Region) plays against the champion of the third-ranked top seed's region (Louisville's Lexington Region).

Nationwide Arena – Columbus, Ohio

National semifinals
Final Four
March 30
National championship game
April 1
      
A1 Connecticut 89
S1 Notre Dame91*
S1 Notre Dame61
KC1 Mississippi State 58
KC1 Mississippi State73*
L1 Louisville 63

* – Denotes overtime period

Final Four

ESPN2
Friday, March 30
7:00 pm
#1 Mississippi State Bulldogs73, #1 Louisville Cardinals 63 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 13–11, 18–19, 15–18, 13–11,  Overtime: 14–4
Pts: Vivians – 25
Rebs: McCowan – 25
Asts: William – 4
Pts: Durr – 18
Rebs: Jones – 9
Asts: Carter – 3
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH
Attendance: 19,564
Referees: Lisa Mattingly, Penny Davis, Denise Brooks
ESPN2
Friday, March 30
9:52 pm
#1 Connecticut Huskies 89, #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish91 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 14–24, 27–10, 19–23, 19–22,  Overtime: 10–12
Pts: Collier – 24
Rebs: Williams – 10
Asts: Williams – 7
Pts: Young – 32
Rebs: Shepard, Young – 11
Asts: Shepard, Westbeld – 5
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH
Attendance: 19,564
Referees: Lisa Jones, Michael McConnell, Karen Preato

National championship

ESPN
Sunday, April 1
12:00 pm
#1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 61, #1 Mississippi State Bulldogs 58
Scoring by quarter: 14–17, 3–13, 24–11, 20–17
Pts: J. Shepard – 19
Rebs: K. Westbeld – 9
Asts:Three tied – 2
Pts: V. Vivians – 21
Rebs: T. McCowan – 17
Asts: M. William – 2
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH
Attendance: 19,599
Referees: Dee Kantner, Brenda Pantoja, Joseph Vaszily

Final Four all-tournament team

Record by conference

ConferenceBidsRecordWin %R64R32S16E8F4CGNC
ACC 816–7.6968642211
SEC 712–7.632753211
American 24–2.66721111
Pac-12 612–6.6676543
Big 12 45–4.556432
Mid-American 24–2.667222
Big Ten 64–6.40064
Big East 44–4.50044
MAAC 11–1.50011
Atlantic Sun 11–1.50011
Atlantic 10 20–2.0002

    Media coverage

    Television

    ESPN had US television rights to all games during the tournament. [13] During the first and second rounds, ESPN aired select games nationally on ESPN2, ESPNU, and 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.

    Studio host and analysts

    Broadcast assignments

    Radio

    Westwood One had exclusive radio rights to the entire tournament. [14] [15] Teams participating in the regional finals, Final Four, and Championship were allowed to have their own local broadcasts, but they weren’t allowed to stream those broadcasts online.

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