The tournament starts on the third Thursday of March.
The procedure to select the teams is as follows:
1. 64 teams qualify.
2. 31 teams get an automatic qualification. These are the winners of 31 conferences.
3. 33 teams are selected by the Division I Women's Basketball Committee.
The basketball committee follows certain rules for selecting, seeding and bracketing teams. Resources used for the selection of teams, include computer rankings, box scores, polls and other data.
The tournament is split into 4 regions.
Return to NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament from NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament
Go to NCAA Basketball Tournament History
Go to WNBA Basketball Rules