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Women's Basketball Selections 101


How Does the NCAA Pick the Teams?

A popular question asked by sports fans in March is, "How does the NCAA pick teams to play in the tournament?"
Here is a chance to look behind the curtain to see how the teams are chosen.

2021 Championship Timeline

Selection Monday

March 15, 2021; Selection Show, ESPN, 7 p.m. ET

First/Second Rounds

First-round play will take place March 21-22 at the Alamodome, Bill Greehey Arena on the campus of St. Mary’s (Texas), Frank Erwin Center (Texas), University Events Center (Texas State) and the UTSA Convocation Center. Second-round play will shift entirely to venues in San Antonio, with the Alamodome, Bill Greehey Arena and the UTSA Convocation Center playing host March 23-24.


 The championship will shift to the Alamodome for all remaining rounds, with the Sweet 16 games played March 27-28, Elite Eight games held March 29-30.

Women's Final Four

The 2021 Women’s Final Four will be played April 2 and 4 at the Alamodome. National semifinal games on April 2 will tipoff at 6 and 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.  National Championship game on April 4 will begin at 6 p.m. ET.