Women's Final Four

Women's Basketball Selections 101 - Committee

Meet the Committee

Diane Turnham

Committee chair and senior associate athletic director/SWA, Middle Tennessee State University

Diane Turnham’s ’s committee term began in 2015. She succeeded Rhonda Bennett, senior associate athletic director/SWA at the University of Nevada, Reno as chair on September 1, 2019.

Other Committee Members Include:

  • Ceal Barry, deputy athletics director/SWA, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Ken Bothof, director of athletics, Northern Kentucky University
  • DeJuena Chizer, senior associate athletics director/SWA, University of Houston
  • Beth Goetz, director of athletics, Ball State University
  • Nina King, deputy athletics director/chief of staff, Duke University
  • Teresa Phillips, director of athletics, Tennessee State University
  • Deborah Richardson, senior associate commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference
  • Jill Shields, deputy athletics director/SWA, Kansas State University
  • Tamica Smith Jones, director of athletics, University of California, Riverside

What's the Committee's Role?

The 10-member NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee is responsible for selecting the 32 best at-large teams for the championship and seeding the 64-team field that will be participating in 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 summer meeting allows for discussions related to the upcoming basketball season, which begins in November. Championship policy decisions are made during this time, meetings with stakeholders take place and primary/secondary conference assignments are divided among committee members so person can focus on monitoring assigned teams throughout the season.


Committee members gather at site of NCAA Convention to begin in-depth team discussions.  Members come out of this meeting with a lengthy list of teams to monitor more closely over the final two months of 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 offer opinions until they meet in person for selections.

Thursday Before Selection Monday

The committee arrives in Indianapolis for the beginning of the selection process. For the next five days, the 10 committee members debate, vote, and debate some more until the final bracket of 64 is released on Selection Monday.

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.

2020 March Madness Timeline

Selection Monday
March 16, 2020; Selection Show, ESPN, 7 p.m. ET

First/Second Rounds
March 20-23, 2020


March 27 and 29, 2020 - Dallas, Texas and Greenville, South Carolina
March 28 and 30 - Fort Wayne, Indiana and Portland, Oregon

Women's Final Four
April 3 and 5; New Orleans, Louisiana



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