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Women's Basketball Selections 101 - Committee

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DID YOU KNOW?

  • Conference representatives cannot be in the room when teams from their conference are being discussed for inclusion, let alone being allowed to vote for them. Same goes for a school representative, who cannot participate in or vote for their own school.
  • Committee members are assigned to conferences to monitor play throughout the season.

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MEET THE COMMITTEE

 
Carolayne Henry

Committee chair and senior associate commissioner/SWA at the Mountain West Conference

Henry’s term on the committee began in September 2009. She succeeded Xavier athletics director Greg Christopher as chair of the committee in 2013.

 

Other committee members include:

  • Sybil Blalock, senior associate director of athletics/SWA, Mercer University.
  • Shonna Brown, associate commissioner/SWA, America East Conference
  • Chris Dawson, associate commissioner, Pac-12 Conference
  • Terry Gawlik, senior associate athletic director/SWA, University of Wisconsin
  • Dru Hancock, senior associate commissioner, Big 12 Conference
  • Brian Mackin, director of athletics, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 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.

 

TIMELINE

November

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.

January

Committee members attend the NCAA Convention and review what they have seen throughout the non-conference portion of the season. 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.