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Autumn Johnson | September 16, 2020

When does the 2020-21 women's college basketball season start?

Relive the Baylor Lady Bears' journey to claim the 2019 DI national championship

The NCAA announced that the 2020-21 women's basketball season will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 25. This is 15 days later than originally scheduled. 

Although there will be a season, the format of the regular season will look different. Teams can schedule 23 regular-season games and participate in one multiple-team event that includes up to four games, or a team can schedule 25 regular-season games if it does not compete in a multiple-team event. 

Here are other changes to note for the season:

  • Practice can begin on Wednesday, Oct. 14
  • There will not be any exhibitions or scrimmages played
  • The Division I Council recommended a minimum of four nonconference games

More season details can be found here. 

Full schedules for all 351 Division I teams have not been released yet, so full details on the season are not available, but NCAA.com will update this page with more information when it comes available.

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There's unfinished business across the NCAA since the abrupt end of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. We haven't seen a national champion since 2019 when Baylor was crowned in Tampa. Baylor went 28-2 last season, but the Big 12 tournament was canceled along with other conferences. 

Many teams like SEC's South Carolina, Pac-12's Oregon, AAC's UConn and other teams secured conference titles; however, the NCAA women's basketball season had to stop because of COVID-19.

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Another major storyline to watch this season revolves — shockingly — around UConn. Huskies coach Geno Auriemma is just seven wins away from eclipsing Pat Summitt to take over as the winningest coach in women’s basketball history. While Connecticut's full schedule isn't out yet, the Huskies haven't had a losing record since Geno's first year in 1986. UConn will also return to compete in the Big East. 

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