Meet the committee
Committee chair and senior associate commissioner at the Big 12 Conference
Hancock’s term began in September 2014. She succeeded Carolayne Henry, senior associate commissioner at the Mountain West Conference.
Other committee members include:
- Rhonda Bennett, senior associate athletics director/SWA, University of Nevada
- Sybil Blalock, senior associate director of athletics/SWA, Mercer University.
- Shonna Brown, senior associate commissioner/SWA, America East Conference
- Leslie Claybrook, assistant commissioner, Southeastern Conference
- Chris Dawson, associate commissioner, Pac-12 Conference
- Terry Gawlik, senior associate athletic director/SWA, University of Wisconsin
- Kathy Meehan, associate vice president for athletics, St. John’s University
- M. Dianne Murphy, director of athletics, Columbia University
- Brad Walker, associate commissioner, Ohio Valley Conference
What's the committee's role?
The 10-member NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee is responsible for selecting and seeding the NCAA Tournament. School and conference administrators are nominated by their conference, serve five-year terms and represent a cross-section of the Division I membership.
Committee members spend countless hours evaluating teams during the regular season. They are expected to be experts on the teams within their assigned regions while maintaining a broad-based knowledge of Division I basketball.
Committee gathers and begins discussions for the upcoming basketball season, which begins about the same time. Conferences are divided among committee members so person can focus on monitoring assigned teams throughout the season.
Committee members meet in Indianapolis for a committee orientation meeting to review the selection, seeding and bracketing technology available to them as well as having a thorough discussion of teams. This is one of many conversations the group will have to swap opinions until they meet in person for selections.
Friday before Selection Monday
The committee arrives in Indianapolis for the beginning of the selection process. For the next four days, the 10 committee members debate, vote, and debate some more until the final bracket of 64 is released on Selection Monday.