Two-time nationwide champion Baylor is the general No. 1 seed within the NCAA girls’s basketball match. And for the primary time since 2006, UConn is not among the many No. 1 seeds.
Baylor, 31-1, is joined by defending nationwide champion Notre Dame, Louisville and Mississippi State on the No. 1 seed line. These three are all repeating as No. 1 seeds from final 12 months.
Earlier Monday, the ladies’s bracket was mistakenly posted early on ESPNU.
“In working with the NCAA to arrange for tonight’s Ladies’s Choice Particular we obtained the bracket, much like years previous,” ESPN mentioned in an announcement. “Within the midst of our preparation, the bracket was mistakenly posted on ESPNU. We deeply remorse the error and prolong our apology to the NCAA and the ladies’s basketball neighborhood. We’ll conduct a radical overview of our course of to make sure it does not occur sooner or later. We’ll now broadcast the total bracket at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2, and the regularly-scheduled present on ESPN at 7 p.m.”
The NCAA launched the next assertion Monday:
“An unlucky technical error by ESPN revealed the 2019 NCAA Division I Ladies’s Basketball Championship bracket earlier at present. We remorse the community’s mistake and are working with our companions at ESPN to forestall related errors in future years. We look ahead to collaborating with ESPN to deliver followers thrilling girls’s basketball match protection all through the rest of the championship.”
Louisville, which beat UConn throughout the common season, is the highest seed within the Albany bracket, forward of the 11-time champion Huskies.
Additionally within the Albany area is Tennessee, which saved alive its streak of being in each NCAA match because the occasion started in 1982. The Woman Vols are No. 11, their lowest seed in match historical past, and can open play in opposition to No. 6 UCLA in a first-round recreation hosted by Maryland, which is the third seed within the area .
Tennessee was in some hazard of lacking the sector after a season wherein the Woman Vols had a six-game shedding streak and fell to the SEC’s worst crew, Vanderbilt, at dwelling. However Tennessee did sufficient to earn an at-large bid, certainly one of seven SEC groups within the discipline.
UConn, 31-2, opens in opposition to 15th-seeded Towson. The Huskies had been the American Athletic Convention regular-season and match champion, and its solely losses this season had been at Baylor and at Louisville, each No. 1 seeds. The Huskies’ solely losses the earlier two seasons got here in extra time on the Ladies’s Ultimate 4 semifinals, after UConn had received 4 consecutive NCAA titles from 2013-16.
UConn is on a streak of 11 consecutive appearances within the Ultimate 4.
Louisville faces Robert Morris within the opening spherical. Maryland will meet Radford and fourth-seeded Oregon State, which made its Ultimate 4 debut in 2016, faces Boise State.
Becoming a member of Baylor within the Greensboro Regional are No. 2 seed Iowa, No. three N.C. State and No. four South Carolina. Baylor, which opens with Abilene Christian, received the NCAA title in 2012, however the Woman Bears haven’t returned to the Ultimate 4 since then, regardless of being a high seed 3 times (2013, ’16 and ’17). This season Baylor received the Huge 12 regular-season and match titles, and the Woman Bears’ solely loss was at Stanford.
Iowa will meet Mercer, NC State faces Maine and South Carolina will tackle Belmont in opening-round video games.
South Carolina misplaced 2018 nationwide school participant of the 12 months and WNBA rookie of the 12 months A’ja Wilson from final season, however was nonetheless the SEC regular-season runner-up to Mississippi State. The Gamecocks received the 2017 nationwide championship and are in search of their third journey to the Ultimate 4.
If seeds maintain in Greensboro, it might arrange an Elite Eight matchup between Iowa middle Megan Gustafson, espnW’s nationwide participant of the 12 months and the main scorer in Division I, and Baylor’s tandem within middle Kalani Brown and ahead Lauren Cox. Iowa has superior to the Ultimate 4 as soon as, in 1993.
The Chicago Regional has close by Notre Dame — simply 90 miles away — as its high crew. The Irish received their second NCAA title final season, beating UConn in extra time and Mississippi State, each on buzzer-beating pictures from guard Arike Ogunbowale. She’s again to steer Notre Dame, which tied with Louisville for the ACC regular-season title, however then dominated the Cardinals 99-79 within the ACC match closing.
Notre Dame opens with Bethune-Cookman.
The No. 2 seed in Chicago is Pac-12 match champion Stanford, which has latest historical past with Notre Dame within the NCAA match. The Cardinal beat the Irish within the Elite Eight in 2017 and the Candy 16 in 2016. Stanford faces UC Davis within the first spherical.
Iowa State, which has by no means superior previous the Elite Eight, is the No. three seed and meets New Mexico State within the first spherical. Texas A&M, the 2011 nationwide champion, is the No. four seed and can tackle Wright State. The Aggies mentioned Monday they may have again sophomore guard Chennedy Carter, the SEC’s main scorer, for the primary spherical. She missed the SEC match with a damaged finger.
The Ultimate 4 matchups will pit the Chicago winner vs. the Albany winner, and the Greensboro winner vs. the Portland winner.
If seeds maintain, the Ultimate 4 in Tampa would get a 3rd assembly this season of ACC rivals Notre Dame and Louisville. Or it might produce one other Notre Dame-UConn matchup. The Irish and Huskies have met within the Ultimate 4 seven occasions, six of them within the final eight years.
On the opposite facet of the bracket, if the No. 1s advance, the Ultimate 4 matchup would pit Baylor’s Brown in opposition to Mississippi State’s Teaira McCowan, each 6-foot-7 senior facilities who’re anticipated to be first-round picks in April’s WNBA draft.
Mississippi State, which misplaced within the nationwide championship recreation the previous two years, goes to the Portland Regional because the No. 1 seed after profitable the SEC regular-season and match titles. The Bulldogs will meet Southern of their opener.
But it surely may very well be a tricky path for the Bulldogs to make it to their third consecutive Ultimate 4, with native favourite Oregon because the No. 2 seed. The Geese, led by triple-double sensation Sabrina Ionescu, have misplaced within the Elite Eight the previous two seasons and are in search of this system’s first Ultimate 4 journey. Oregon opens with Portland State.
The Geese are the one one of many high 4 seeds within the Portland Regional from the Pacific time zone; the No. three seed is Syracuse and No. four is fellow ACC crew Miami. The Orange made their first Ultimate 4 look in 2016, once they misplaced the NCAA closing to UConn. Miami is in search of its first journey that far.
Syracuse will meet Fordham, whereas Miamia meets FGCU.