The most direct route to the NCAA tournament is winning a conference tournament. All factors like regular-season record, strength of schedule and the like are thrown out the window. Just run the gauntlet and you're going dancing.

Here is the list of each team to clinch an automatic bid:

2017 DIVISION I WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Conference Location * Championship Date Champion

America East
Portland, Maine

 

March 10
 

Albany

American Athletic
Uncasville, Conn.

 

March 6
 

UConn

Atlantic 10
Richmond, Va. March 5 Dayton

Atlantic Coast
Conway, S.C.

 

March 5

Notre Dame

ASUN
Highest seeds host

 

March 12
 

Florida Gulf Coast

Big 12
Oklahoma City, Okla.

 

March 6
 

West Virginia


Big East

Rosemont, Ill.

 

March 7
 

Marquette

Big Sky
Reno, Nev.

 

March 11
 

Montana State

Big South
Lynchburg, Va.

 

March 12
 

UNC Asheville

Big Ten
Indianapolis

 

March 5
 

Maryland

Big West
Anaheim, Calif.

 

March 11
 

Long Beach State

Colonial Athletic
Harrisonburg, Va.

 

March 11
 

Elon

Conference USA
Birmingham, Ala.

 

March 11
 

Western Kentucky

Horizon League
Detroit

 

March 7
 

Green Bay

Ivy League
Philadelphia March 12

 

Penn

 


Metro Atlantic Athletic
Albany, N.Y.

 

March 6
 

Quinnipiac

Mid-American
Cleveland

 

March 11
 

Toledo

Mid-Eastern Athletic
Norfolk, Va.

 

March 11
 

Hampton

Missouri Valley
Moline, Ill.

 

March 12
 

Drake

Mountain West
Las Vegas

 

March 10
 

Boise State

Northeast
Highest seeds host

 

March 12
 

Robert Morris

Ohio Valley
Nashville, Tenn.

 

March 4
 

Belmont

Pac-12
Seattle

 

March 5
 

Stanford

Patriot League
Highest seeds host
March 12
Bucknell

Southeastern
Greenville, S.C.

 

March 5
 

South Carolina

Southern
Asheville, N.C.

 

March 5
 

Chattanooga

Southland
Katy, Texas

 

March 12
 

Central Arkansas

Southwestern Athletic
Houston

 

March 11
 

Texas Southern

Summit League
Sioux Falls, S.D.

 

March 7
 

Western Illinois

Sun Belt
New Orleans

 

March 12
 

Troy

West Coast
Las Vegas

 

March 7
 

 

Gonzaga


Western Athletic
Las Vegas

 

March 11
 

New Mexico State

* -- Final location only.