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UConn, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Baylor earn tops seeds for NCAA Tournament

Published on March 13, 2017



In their hunt for a historic fifth straight national championship, undefeated Connecticut took the top seed among the 64 teams in the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. UConn will open play against No. 16 seed Albany in the Bridgeport Region. Notre Dame leads the Lexington Region, Baylor is the top seed in the Oklahoma City Region and South Carolina tops the Stockton Region.

Thirty-two conferences were granted automatic bids for the championship and the remaining 32 teams were selected at-large.

  • First- and second-round games will be played at 16 home sites Friday, March 17 through Monday, March 20, with the 16 second-round winners moving on to the four regional sites.
  • The Lexington Regional (Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky) and the Oklahoma City Regional (Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) will be played on Friday, March 24 and Sunday, March 26.
  • The Bridgeport Regional (Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut) and the Stockton Regional (Stockton Arena, Stockton, California) will be held Saturday, March 25 and Monday, March 27.
  • The four regional winners will advance to the 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four, March 31 and April 2 in Dallas (American Airlines Center).

Some tournament facts:

  • Tennessee, the No. 5 seed in the Oklahoma City Region, has participated in all 36 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championships since the inaugural NCAA championship in 1982.
  • Elon and Texas Southern are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance.
  • UConn is seeking a 12th overall national championship and is attempting to become the first women’s basketball team to win five consecutive titles.
  • In the 35-year history of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, 14 schools have captured the national title. 
  • UConn has the most national championships at 11, followed by Tennessee with eight.


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