The NCAA released the following statement on Thursday afternoon to announce the 2020 men's and women's basketball championships and all other winter and spring sports are canceled.
- Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.
2020 NCAA women's basketball tournament: Bracket
NCAA women's basketball tournament: Schedule
The 2020 Women's Final Four will be at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on Friday, April 3 and Sunday, April 5. Below is the location and dates for the regional rounds of the 2020 tournament.
|2020 PRELIMINARY ROUND SITES|
|Regional||Greenville, South Carolina||Bon Secours Wellness Arena||March 27 - 30||Southern Conference|
|Regional||Fort Wayne, Indiana||Allen County War Memorial Coliseum||March 27 - 30||IPFW|
|Regional||Portland, Oregon||Moda Center||March 27 - 30||Oregon State|
|Regional||Dallas, Texas||Moody Coliseum||March 27 - 30||SMU|
How are NCAA women's basketball tournament teams selected?
There are 64 teams in the single-elimination tournament. Of those, 32 qualify automatically as conference champions by winning conference tournaments. The rest will be selected as at-large teams by the Division I Women's Basketball Championship Sport Committee.
How do seeds matter in the NCAA women's basketball tournament?
Since 1982, at least one No. 1 seed has reached the national semifinals each season. Last year, two top seeds made the Women's Final Four, Baylor and Notre Dame, while the other two teams, Oregon and UConn were two seeds. Going into this season, UConn has been a top seed 22 times. Two No. 1 seeds have played for the title 14 times.
UConn has the most national titles, winning 11. Tennessee is second with eight. No other team has more than two.
Who are NCAA women's basketball Cinderellas?
The biggest Cinderella is Harvard, which which was a No. 16 seed when it shocked No. 1 Stanford 71-67 in 1998. That's 20 years before the men's tournament had its first 16-over-1 stunner: UMBC against No. 1 Virginia.
However, no No. 15 or No. 14 seed has won a game. There have been six No. 13 seeds to beat a No. 4. Three 13 seeds have also advanced to the Sweet 16 (2007 Marist; 2005 Liberty; 1994 Texas A&M). Gonzaga, a No. 11 seed in 2011, is the lowest seed to reach an Elite Eight. No double-digit seed has made the Women's Final Four.
NCAA women's basketball tournament: Champions, history
|2019||Baylor (37-1)||Kim Mulkey||82-81||Notre Dame||Tampa, Fla.|
|2018||Notre Dame (34-3)||Muffet McGraw||61-58||Mississippi State||Columbus, Ohio|
|2017||South Carolina (33-4)||Dawn Staley||67-55||Mississippi State||Dallas, Texas|
|2016||Connecticut (38-0)||Geno Auriemma||82-51||Syracuse||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|2015||Connecticut (38-1)||Geno Auriemma||63-53||Notre Dame||Tampa, Fla.|
|2014||Connecticut (40-0)||Geno Auriemma||79-58||Notre Dame||Nashville, Tenn.|
|2013||Connecticut (35-4)||Geno Auriemma||93-60||Louisville||New Orleans, La.|
|2012||Baylor (40-0)||Kim Mulkey||80-61||Notre Dame||Denver, Colo.|
|2011||Texas A&M (33-5)||Gary Blair||76-70||Notre Dame||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|2010||Connecticut (39-0)||Geno Auriemma||53-47||Stanford||San Antonio, Texas|
|2009||Connecticut (39-0)||Geno Auriemma||76-54||Louisville||St. Louis, Mo.|
|2008||Tennessee (36-2)||Pat Summitt||64-48||Stanford||Tampa, Fla.|
|2007||Tennessee (34-3)||Pat Summitt||59-46||Rutgers||Cleveland, Ohio|
|2006||Maryland (34-4)||Brenda Frese||78-75 (OT)||Duke||Boston, Mass.|
|2005||Baylor (33-3)||Kim Mulkey||84-62||Michigan State||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|2004||Connecticut (31-4)||Geno Auriemma||70-61||Tennessee||New Orleans, La.|
|2003||Connecticut (37-1)||Geno Auriemma||73-68||Tennessee||Atlanta, Ga.|
|2002||Connecticut (39-0)||Geno Auriemma||82-70||Oklahoma||San Antonio, Texas|
|2001||Notre Dame (34-2)||Muffet McGraw||68-66||Purdue||St. Louis, Mo.|
|2000||Connecticut (36-1)||Geno Auriemma||71-52||Tennessee||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|1999||Purdue (34-1)||Carolyn Peck||62-45||Duke||San Jose, Calif.|
|1998||Tennessee (39-0)||Pat Summitt||93-75||Louisiana Tech||Kansas City, Mo.|
|1997||Tennessee (29-10)||Pat Summitt||68-59||Old Dominion||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|1996||Tennessee (32-4)||Pat Summitt||83-65||Georgia||Charlotte, N.C.|
|1995||Connecticut (35-0)||Geno Auriemma||70-64||Tennessee||Minneapolis, Minn.|
|1994||North Carolina (33-2)||Sylvia Hatchell||60-59||Louisiana Tech||Richmond, Va.|
|1993||Texas Tech (31-3)||Marsha Sharp||84-82||Ohio State||Atlanta, Ga.|
|1992||Stanford (30-3)||Tara VanDerveer||78-62||Western Kentucky||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|1991||Tennessee (30-5)||Pat Summitt||70-67 (OT)||Virginia||New Orleans, La.|
|1990||Stanford (32-1)||Tara VanDerveer||88-81||Auburn||Knoxville, Tenn.|
|1989||Tennessee (35-2)||Pat Summitt||76-60||Auburn||Tacoma, Wash.|
|1988||Louisiana Tech (32-2)||Leon Barmore||56-54||Auburn||Tacoma, Wash.|
|1987||Tennessee (28-6)||Pat Summitt||67-44||Louisiana Tech||Austin, Texas|
|1986||Texas (34-0)||Jody Conradt||97-81||Southern California||Lexington, Ky.|
|1985||Old Dominion (31-3)||Marianne Stanley||70-65||Georgia||Austin, Texas|
|1984||Southern California (29-4)||Linda Sharp||72-61||Tennessee||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|1983||Southern California (31-2)||Linda Sharp||69-67||Louisiana Tech||Norfolk, Va.|
|1982||Louisiana Tech (35-1)||Sonja Hogg||76-62||Cheyney||Norfolk, Va.|