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.
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.
Women’s Basketball Tournament: TV Schedule For Monday’s Games
- #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
- #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
- #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
- #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
- #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
- #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