Undefeated South Carolina Looks to Defend Their Title in 2023 Women’s NCAA Tournament
The women’s NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed a few hours later on Sunday night, and it’s the juggernauts from South Carolina against 67 challengers. Aliyah Boston, Zia Cooke, and Dawn Staley are 32-0 with just five games decided by single digits. They’re the undisputed No. 1 overall seed while Indiana, Virginia Tech, and Stanford round out the 1-line. Here’s a look at the women’s bracket breakdown and what to watch for this weekend.
1-Seeds: South Carolina, Indiana, Stanford, Virginia Tech
Everybody knew South Carolina was the No. 1 overall, but the three teams that filled out the 1-line aren’t who you might’ve expected when the season began. Stanford fluctuated throughout the year, but they stayed on the top line after winning the Pac-12 title. Both Indiana and Virginia Tech are making their first appearances as 1-seeds in program history.
2-Seeds: Maryland, Iowa, UConn, Utah
3-Seeds: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Duke, LSU
4-Seeds: Texas, Tennessee, UCLA, Villanova
Last Four Byes: Miami, Alabama, Marquette, West Virginia
Last Four In: Illinois, Miss. State, Purdue, St. John’s
First Four Out: Kansas, Oregon, Arkansas, Washington
Next Four Out: Columbia, Syracuse, Nebraska, Kansas St.
Players to Watch
Aliyah Boston (South Carolina) is the force that fuels the defending champs, but Iowa’s Caitlin Clark is the tournament’s best bucket-getter — a 3-point sharpshooter. Stanford’s 1-2 punch of Cameron Brink and Haley Jones are also must-see television.
2023 Women’s NCAA Tournament Bracket
First Four: Wednesday & Thursday (Mar. 15-16)
1st & 2nd Round: Friday – Monday (Mar. 17-20)
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