NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament: Second Round Preview and TV Schedule

The second round of the NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Tournament begins tonight at 6:00 p.m. Central Time.

In this post, I’ll quickly recap what happened in the first round and look ahead to the second round.

Women’s NCAA Tournament: First Round Recap

The first round saw few surprises. The biggest upset in terms of seeding was #13 Marist’s 76-70 win over #4 Georgia. But first-round upsets are nothing new for the MAAC Champion Red Foxes, who upset #4 Ohio State in 2007 and #7 Iowa State last year.

The only other upsets of note were #11 Kansas over #6 Nebraska in a Big 12 reunion and #11 Gonzaga’s 86-73 victory over Rutgers. The Zags, who have advanced to the Round of 32 in each of the past four NCAA Tournaments, have the advantage of hosting the first two rounds. They face #3 Miami tonight in Spokane.

Green Bay's Megan Lukan dives for a loose ball during the Phoenix's First Round win over Iowa State. (Associated Press photo)

The 31-1 Green Bay Phoenix easily defeated Iowa State in Ames. They play #2 Kentucky tonight. Meanwhile 31-1 Delaware—featuring the nation’s leading scorer, Elena Delle Donne—got its first NCAA Tournament win in school history, beating Arkansas-Little Rock (in Little Rock) 73-42. The Blue Hens play Kansas tomorrow night.

The most vulnerable top seed in the Second Round is Stanford, who plays West Virginia tonight in Norfolk, Virginia. The Mountaineers, who beat Texas by 13 in the First Round, knocked off Notre Dame in South Bend back in February. Don’t expect any of the other top seeds to have much trouble.

View the updated bracket here.

womens basketball tournament preview schedule

Women’s Basketball Tournament: TV Schedule For Monday’s Games

Fresno Region

  • #1 Stanford vs. #8 West Virginia—6:15 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3
  • #4 Purdue vs. #5 South Carolina—6:20 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3

Raleigh Region

  • #2 Maryland vs. #7 Louisville—6:10 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3
  • #3 Texas A&M vs. #6 Arkansas—8:35 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3

Kingston Region

  • #1 Connecticut vs. #8 Kansas State—6:05 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3
  • #3 Miami (FL) vs. #11 Gonzaga—8:40 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3
  • #2 Kentucky vs. #7 Green Bay—8:45 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3

Des Moines Region

  • #2 Tennessee vs. #7 DePaul—8:40 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3

Women’s Basketball Tournament: TV Schedule For Tuesday’s Games

Fresno Region

  • #2 Duke vs. #7 Vanderbilt—8:35 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3
  • #3 St. John’s vs. #6 Oklahoma—8:45 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3

Raleigh Region

  • #5 St. Bonaventure vs. #13 Marist—6:10 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3
  • #1 Notre Dame vs. #8 California—6:20 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3

Kingston Region

  • #4 Penn State vs. #5 LSU—8:40 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3

Des Moines Region

  • #1 Baylor vs. #9 Florida—6:05 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3
  • #4 Georgia Tech vs. #5 Georgetwon—6:15 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3
  • #3 Delaware vs. #11 Kansas—8:40 p.m. CT, ESPN2/ESPN3

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About Josh Tinley

Josh Tinley writes the Away From The Action column at Midwest Sports Fans, covering all aspects of sport aside from what actually happens on the field, court, or track. Josh grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the University of Evansville and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons From the World of Sports and the managing editor of LinC, a weekly curriculum for teens that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Josh lives outside Nashville with his wife, Ashlee, and children, Meyer (7), Resha Kate (5), and Malachi (3). He will not allow himself to die before the Evansville Purple Aces make another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Follow him on Twitter @joshtinley or send him an e-mail.

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