Latest NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship News

NCAA women's basketball tournament expands to 68 teams

Nov. 17, 2021 20:55 PM EST

The NCAA women's basketball tournament is expanding to 68 teams beginning with the current season, giving it an equal number of participants as the men's tournament as part of a concerted effort at gender parity. The men's tournament expanded to 68 teams in 2011 with four...

Division I Council approves expansion of women's NCAA basketball tournament from 64 to 68 teams, effective this season

Nov. 17, 2021 18:19 PM EST
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Division I Council approves expansion of women's NCAA basketball tournament from 64 to 68 teams, effective this season.

Reigning NCAA champion Stanford women top Morgan State 91-36

Nov. 11, 2021 21:15 PM EST

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Defending NCAA champion Stanford has depth, versatility and still plenty of things Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer wants her team to do better as the games get tougher. No resting on the success of last season. “What our...

Cooke, No. 1 South Carolina women beat No. 5 NC State 66-57

Nov. 09, 2021 20:31 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The top-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks sure looked ready for their marquee season-opening matchup of Final Four contenders. They got off to a quick start, played with composure to protect the lead and never let fifth-ranked North Carolina State look comfortable. ...

Texas A&M women's coach Blair to retire at season's end

Oct. 28, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

Longtime Texas A&M women's basketball coach Gary Blair announced Thursday that this season will be his last with the Aggies, with the 76-year-old set to retire at season’s end. Blair has been at Texas A&M since 2003, leading the Aggies to a national championship...

No. 4 Maryland expected to be top Big Ten women's hoops team

Oct. 27, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

No. 4 Maryland is expected to be the Big Ten's best women's basketball team this season, returning all five starters from the nation's highest-scoring team that won the conference championship. The Terrapins will be as prepared as possible to play...

No. 3 Stanford leads the way as Pac-12 looks to shine again

Oct. 27, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Pac-12 won't catch anyone by surprise anymore. Not with the way conference teams shined on the national stage yet again. Coaches and players throughout the Pac-12 knew well before last spring's NCAA Tournament that they had one of the most...

SEC: Expectations sky high for No. 1 South Carolina, Staley

Oct. 27, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

Dawn Staley already knows she is facing outsized expectations with what South Carolina's women's basketball program has accomplished. They come from players, fans and even the university president. Interim school President Harris Pastides, speaking...

Loaded UConn women push for program's 12th national title

Oct. 27, 2021 09:17 AM EDT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn fans are getting a little antsy. After all, the Huskies haven't won a women's national championship since 2016. Connecticut comes into this season ranked No. 2, having added the nation's top recruit, guard Azzi Fudd, to a team that returns...

New coach, similar expectations for Baylor women's hoops

Oct. 21, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Baylor's sideline will look different this season, but the Lady Bears expect similar results after they were picked as the preseason No. 1 team in the Big 12. Coach Kim Mulkey stepped down after last season to take the job at LSU. She led the...