The 2021 NCAA women’s basketball tournament features 64 teams playing for a national title. Below, find the schedule and dates for the tournament.

The tournament selection show is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, March 15. That is when the field of 64 and individual seeds are revealed. After the regular season, 31 teams (one less than usual) will qualify with automatic bids through conference tournaments. The remaining 33 teams (one more than usual) will be selected as at-larges.

2021 NCAA women’s basketball tournament dates, schedule

Round Dates Site Venue
Selection Show Monday, March 15 N/A N/A
First Round
(Round of 64)
March 21 and 22

San Antonio
San Marcos

Alamodome (Two Courts)
Bill Greehey Arena
Frank Erwin Center
University Events Center
UTSA Convocation Center

Second Round
(Round of 32)
March 23 and 24 San Antonio

Alamodome (Two Courts)
Bill Greehey Arena
UTSA Convocation Center

Sweet 16 March 27 and 28 San Antonio Alamodome (Two courts)
Elite Eight March 29 and 30 San Antonio Alamodome (Two courts)
Women’s Final Four
(National Semifinals)
April 2 San Antonio Alamodome
National Championship April 4 San Antonio Alamodome


This year will mark the 26th straight year that ESPN has served as the championship’s TV home. All games will be available online via the ESPN app. Here is the television schedule for the 2021 women’s tournament:

Selection Show Monday March 15 7 p.m., 8 p.m. ESPN, ESPNU
First Round Sunday March 21 Coverage starts at noon ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU
First Round Monday March 22 Coverage starts at noon ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU
Second Round Tuesday March 23 Coverage starts at 3 p.m. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU
Second Round Wednesday March 24 Coverage starts at 1 p.m. ESPN2, ESPNU
Sweet 16 Saturday March 27 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. ABC, ESPN2
Sweet 16 Sunday March 28 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m. ABC, ESPN
Elite Eight Monday March 29 7 p.m., 9 p.m. ESPN
Elite Eight Tuesday March 30 7 p.m., 9 p.m. ESPN
Women’s Final Four National Semifinals Friday April 2 6 p.m., 9:30 p.m. ESPN
Women’s Final Four National Championship Sunday April 4 6 p.m. ESPN


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NCAA women’s basketball tournament: Future sites

Women’s Final Four      
Year Site Venue Dates
2021 San Antonio Alamodome April 2 and 4
2022 Minneapolis Target Center April 1 and 3
2023 Dallas American Airlines Arena March 31 and April 2
2024 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena April 5 and 7

NCAA women’s basketball tournament: Champions, history

2019 Baylor (37-1) Kim Mulkey 82-81 Notre Dame Tampa, Fla.
2018 Notre Dame (34-3) Muffet McGraw 61-58 Mississippi State Columbus, Ohio
2017 South Carolina (33-4) Dawn Staley 67-55 Mississippi State Dallas, Texas
2016 Connecticut (38-0) Geno Auriemma 82-51 Syracuse Indianapolis, Ind.
2015 Connecticut (38-1) Geno Auriemma 63-53 Notre Dame Tampa, Fla.
2014 Connecticut (40-0) Geno Auriemma 79-58 Notre Dame Nashville, Tenn.
2013 Connecticut (35-4) Geno Auriemma 93-60 Louisville New Orleans, La.
2012 Baylor (40-0) Kim Mulkey 80-61 Notre Dame Denver, Colo.
2011 Texas A&M (33-5) Gary Blair 76-70 Notre Dame Indianapolis, Ind.
2010 Connecticut (39-0) Geno Auriemma 53-47 Stanford San Antonio, Texas
2009 Connecticut (39-0) Geno Auriemma 76-54 Louisville St. Louis, Mo.
2008 Tennessee (36-2) Pat Summitt 64-48 Stanford Tampa, Fla.
2007 Tennessee (34-3) Pat Summitt 59-46 Rutgers Cleveland, Ohio
2006 Maryland (34-4) Brenda Frese 78-75 (OT) Duke Boston, Mass.
2005 Baylor (33-3) Kim Mulkey 84-62 Michigan State Indianapolis, Ind.
2004 Connecticut (31-4) Geno Auriemma 70-61 Tennessee New Orleans, La.
2003 Connecticut (37-1) Geno Auriemma 73-68 Tennessee Atlanta, Ga.
2002 Connecticut (39-0) Geno Auriemma 82-70 Oklahoma San Antonio, Texas
2001 Notre Dame (34-2) Muffet McGraw 68-66 Purdue St. Louis, Mo.
2000 Connecticut (36-1) Geno Auriemma 71-52 Tennessee Philadelphia, Pa.
1999 Purdue (34-1) Carolyn Peck 62-45 Duke San Jose, Calif.
1998 Tennessee (39-0) Pat Summitt 93-75 Louisiana Tech Kansas City, Mo.
1997 Tennessee (29-10) Pat Summitt 68-59 Old Dominion Cincinnati, Ohio
1996 Tennessee (32-4) Pat Summitt 83-65 Georgia Charlotte, N.C.
1995 Connecticut (35-0) Geno Auriemma 70-64 Tennessee Minneapolis, Minn.
1994 North Carolina (33-2) Sylvia Hatchell 60-59 Louisiana Tech Richmond, Va.
1993 Texas Tech (31-3) Marsha Sharp 84-82 Ohio State Atlanta, Ga.
1992 Stanford (30-3) Tara VanDerveer 78-62 Western Kentucky Los Angeles, Calif.
1991 Tennessee (30-5) Pat Summitt 70-67 (OT) Virginia New Orleans, La.
1990 Stanford (32-1) Tara VanDerveer 88-81 Auburn Knoxville, Tenn.
1989 Tennessee (35-2) Pat Summitt 76-60 Auburn Tacoma, Wash.
1988 Louisiana Tech (32-2) Leon Barmore 56-54 Auburn Tacoma, Wash.
1987 Tennessee (28-6) Pat Summitt 67-44 Louisiana Tech Austin, Texas
1986 Texas (34-0) Jody Conradt 97-81 Southern California Lexington, Ky.
1985 Old Dominion (31-3) Marianne Stanley 70-65 Georgia Austin, Texas
1984 Southern California (29-4) Linda Sharp 72-61 Tennessee Los Angeles, Calif.
1983 Southern California (31-2) Linda Sharp 69-67 Louisiana Tech Norfolk, Va.
1982 Louisiana Tech (35-1) Sonja Hogg 76-62 Cheyney Norfolk, Va.


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