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Below you can find Sporting News’ full rundown of the 2022 NCAA women's basketball tournament, which begins with the First Four on March 16 and ends with the championship game on April 3. Keep track of the latest news, scores and results from every game with The Sporting News' live women's March Madness bracket.



Tips on winning your March Madness bracket

  1. Your bracket will consist of 64 teams — after completion of the First Four play-in games — divided evenly among the West, Midwest, East and South regions.
  2. The first round will be determined by the NCAA selection committee on a seeding system: A 1-seed (considered the best team in its region), will play a 16-seed (considered the worst), a 2-seed will play a 15-seed, and so on. Pick which team you expect to win the first round and have them advance to the second by writing their name on the ensuing matchup line.
  3. From there, repeat the process until you have predicted the entire tournament throughout the first and second rounds, Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four and NCAA championship game.
  4. Predict the score of the championship game as a final potential tiebreaker with anyone who may have the same score as you by the end of the tournament.

How to make your March Madness bracket work

  • You can use whatever methodology you want to fill out your bracket, but higher seeds are usually favored in their respective matchups, especially in earlier rounds. That doesn’t guarantee victory, however: Upsets happen every year and have been known to bust brackets.
  • Picking one or two early upsets won’t bust your bracket— and could actually score you points — but don’t pick a team to go far in the tournament unless you’re confident in their ability. Otherwise, you could potentially cost yourself a higher score.
  • Your bracket can be altered as much as you want before the tournament starts; once play has begun, however, it is locked in. Make sure you feel comfortable with your bracket before you submit it — and don’t leave it incomplete!


How to make your March Madness bracket work

The most common scoring method features one point for every correct prediction in the first round; two points for every prediction in the second round; four points for the Sweet 16; eight points for the Elite Eight; 16 points for the Final Four; and 32 points for picking the NCAA champion.

This scoring method places greater weight on correct predictions further into the tournament. For example, simply predicting the correct NCAA Tournament champion is worth as many points for your bracket (32) as a perfect first round. Keep this in mind as you make your picks.

First Four games are not typically used in scoring, which begins in Round 1. An incorrect prediction in any of the First Four play-in games will not result in penalties or lost points.


When do March Madness brackets come out?

The women's NCAA Tournament bracket will be released on Sunday, March 13. It will feature 60 locked-in teams and four empty spaces. The teams that fill those spaces will be determined by First Four games, and the final 64-team bracket will not be set until the day before the NCAA Tournament proper begins.

When are March Madness brackets due?

Brackets are locked in once play begins during Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament at noon ET on Friday, March 18.


Selection Sunday

March 13

Selection Sunday is on March 13, and the women's selection show will be broadcast on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET immediately following the men's bracket reveal over on CBS.

First Four

March 16-17

The initial bracket released on Selection Sunday includes 60 locked-in teams and four empty spaces, to be determined among eight teams — the four lowest-seeded automatic bids and the four lowest-seeded at-large bids — competing in the First Four play-in games. The winners of these four games will take up the final four available spots and complete the field of 64.

This year, the women's First Four matchups will be held on Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17 at four of the top-16 host sites.

NCAA Tournament Round 1

March 18-19

Round 1 of the NCAA women's basketball tournament consists of 32 games played between 64 teams over the course of two days (Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19). Games will be played at the arenas of the top 16 host seeds.

NCAA Tournament Round 2

March 20-21

Round 2 of the NCAA women's basketball tournament consists of 16 games played between 32 teams over the course of two days (Sunday, March 20 and Monday, March 21).

Sweet 16

March 25-26

The Sweet 16 of the NCAA women's basketball tournament consists of eight games played between 16 teams over the course of two days (Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26).

Below are the following sites for each of the four regionals, comprised of the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds:

  • Webster Bank Arena (Bridgeport, Conn.)
  • Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, N.C.)
  • Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena (Spokane, Wa.)
  • Intrust Bank Arena (Wichita, Kan.)

Elite Eight

March 27-28

The Elite Eight serves as the national quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament, consisting of four games played between eight teams over the course of two days (Sunday, March 27 and Monday, March 28). All games will be played at the same sites as the Sweet 16.

  • Webster Bank Arena (Bridgeport, Conn.)
  • Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, N.C.)
  • Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena (Spokane, Wa.)
  • Intrust Bank Arena (Wichita, Kan.)

Women's Final Four

April 1

The Final Four serves as the national semifinal round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament, consisting of two games played between four teams on Friday, April 1. This year, the Final Four will be held at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

NCAA championship game

April 3

The NCAA women's basketball championship game, the final game of the 2021-22 season, will be played on Sunday, April 3 to determine the champion of the 2022 Women's March Madness tournament. It will be held at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.


2021Stanford (31-2)54-53Arizona
2019Baylor (37-1)82-81Notre Dame
2018Notre Dame (34-3)61-58Mississippi State
2017South Carolina (33-4)67-55Mississippi State
2016Connecticut (38-0)82-51Syracuse
2015Connecticut (38-1)63-53Notre Dame
2014Connecticut (40-0)79-58Notre Dame
2013Connecticut (35-4)93-60Louisville
2012Baylor (40-0)80-61Notre Dame
2011Texas A&M (33-5)76-70Notre Dame
2010Connecticut (39-0)53-47Stanford
2009Connecticut (39-0)76-54Louisville
2008Tennessee (36-2)64-48Stanford
2007Tennessee (34-3)59-46Rutgers
2006Maryland (34-4)78-75 (OT)Duke
2005Baylor (33-3)84-62Michigan State
2004Connecticut (31-4)70-61Tennessee
2003Connecticut (37-1)73-68Tennessee
2002Connecticut (39-0)82-70Oklahoma
2001Notre Dame (34-2)68-66Purdue
2000Connecticut (36-1)71-52Tennessee
1999Purdue (34-1)62-45Duke
1998Tennessee (39-0)93-75Louisiana Tech
1997Tennessee (29-10)68-59Old Dominion
1996Tennessee (32-4)83-65Georgia
1995Connecticut (35-0)70-64Tennessee
1994North Carolina (33-2)60-59Louisiana Tech
1993Texas Tech (31-3)84-82Ohio State
1992Stanford (30-3)78-62Western Kentucky
1991Tennessee (30-5)70-67 (OT)Virginia
1990Stanford (32-1)88-81Auburn
1989Tennessee (35-2)76-60Auburn
1988Louisiana Tech (32-2)56-54Auburn
1987Tennessee (28-6)67-44Louisiana Tech
1986Texas (34-0)97-81Southern California
1985Old Dominion (31-3)70-65Georgia
1984Southern California (29-4)72-61Tennessee
1983Southern California (31-2)69-67Louisiana Tech
1982Louisiana Tech (35-1)76-62Cheyney