basketball-women-d1 flag | February 12, 2015

Committee reveals top 20 seeds

If the season ended today, UConn, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Tennessee would be the top four seeds for the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. 

The potential No. 1 seed line and the top 20 seeds for the upcoming championship were announced by the women’s committee on Wednesday. The committee announcement came at the conclusion of its annual Selection Orientation Meeting conducted in Indianapolis on Feb. 10-11.

Team Conference Record
Arizona State Pac-12 21-3
Baylor Big 12 22-1
California Pac-12 18-5
Duke Atlantic Coast 18-6
Florida State Atlantic Coast 22-2
George Washington Atlantic 10 21-2
Iowa Big Ten 19-4
Kentucky Southeastern 18-5
Louisville Atlantic Coast 20-3
Maryland Big Ten 22-2
North Carolina Atlantic Coast 19-5
Notre Dame Atlantic Coast 23-2
Oklahoma Big 12 15-7
Oregon State Pac-12 21-2
South Carolina Southeastern 22-1
Stanford Pac-12 17-7
Tennessee Southeastern 20-3
Texas A&M Southeastern 18-6
UConn American Athletic 23-1
Washington Pac-12 18-6
Note: Teams are listed alphabetical. Records as of Feb. 11.

“There were several reasons for [Wednesday's] unprecedented announcement,” said Dru Hancock, chair of the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and senior associate commissioner at the Big 12 Conference. “It’s important to keep in mind that [Wednesday's] announcement has no bearing on the final bracket, but we were able to identify those institutions that are a possible top-20 seed so that they can begin preparations to host first- and second-round play, while also building momentum towards the upcoming championship.”

Selection Monday will take place at 7 p.m. ET March 16 on ESPN. 

Earning No. 1 seeds are UConn (23-1), South Carolina (22-1), Notre Dame (23-2) and Tennessee (20-3). Two-time defending champion UConn has reeled off 22 consecutive wins since losing at Stanford on Nov. 17. South Carolina, which also received a No. 1 seed for the 2014 championship, suffered its first defeat of the season on Monday, losing at UConn 87-62. Notre Dame has made four consecutive trips to the Women’s Final Four and is currently on a nine-game winning streak. Tennessee, winner of eight national championships, has won 16 of the past 17 games and is currently undefeated along with South Carolina at the top of the Southeastern Conference standings at 10-0.

The 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship will utilize a hosting model that will allow the top 16 seeds, who meet championship hosting requirements, to host first- and second-round games on March 20-23.

“The committee believes that the format for the 2015 championship will provide student-athletes with a great championship experience and produce improved attendance,” Hancock said. “There is much basketball still to be played, with the committee having already spent an incredible amount of time watching games, evaluating teams and reviewing data. We are in a great place heading into March and are anxious to see how the rest of the regular season and conference tournaments play out.”

Regional championship play in 2015 will take place at pre-determined neutral sites -- Albany, New York; Greensboro, North Carolina; Oklahoma City; and Spokane, Washington, from March 27-30. The Women’s Final Four will be held April 5 and 7 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

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