2021 NCAA women’s tournament: TV schedule, tip times, dates, game previews, scores

Caroline Pineda
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For the 64 teams in the NCAA women’s tournament, it’s finally time to dance. Two years after Baylor edged Notre Dame 82-81 in the 2019 national championship, the tournament is back.

This year’s tournament started off with significant controversy: players and coaches from multiple teams took to social media to highlight the unequal resources provided to the male and female players. Most notable was the discrepancy in the supplies in the two weight rooms, but further inequities included food, COVID tests and even the content of the swag bags.

Oregon’s Sedona Prince has provided some of the most detailed chronicles from San Antonio, including a video of the updated weight room after stars like Sue Bird, A’ja Wilson and Steph Curry weighed in and called for action from the NCAA. Follow On Her Turf for continued updates on this story throughout the tournament.

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The first round of the NCAA women’s tournament kicked off Sunday, March 21. This year’s No. 1 seeds — NC State, South Carolina, Stanford and UConn — headline the field as action gets underway from the San Antonio area.

Click here for a full, printable version of the 2021 NCAA women’s tournament bracket

Women’s NCAA Tournament TV Schedule 2021

First Round

Monday, March 22

  • Where: Alamodome, Bill Greehey Arena, Frank Erwin Center, University Events Center, UTSA Convention Center (San Antonio, Austin, San Marcos)

  • Start time: 12 p.m. ET

  • TV channel: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU

Second Round

Tuesday, March 23

  • Where: Alamodome, Bill Greehey Arena, UTSA Convention Center (San Antonio)

  • Start time: 3 p.m. ET

  • TV channel: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU

Wednesday, March 24

  • Where: Alamodome, Bill Greehey Arena, UTSA Convention Center (San Antonio)

  • Start time: 1 p.m. ET

  • TV channel: ESPN2, ESPNU

Sweet 16

Saturday, March 27

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)

  • Start time: 1 p.m. ET

  • TV channel: ABC, ESPN2

Sunday, March 28

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)

  • Start time: 1 p.m. ET

  • TV channel: ABC, ESPN

Elite Eight

Monday, March 29

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)

  • Start time: 7 p.m. ET

  • TV channel: ESPN

Tuesday, March 30

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)

  • Start time: 7 p.m. ET

  • TV channel: ESPN

Final Four

Friday, April 2

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)

  • Start time: 6 p.m. ET

  • TV channel: ESPN

National Championship

Sunday, April 4

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)

  • Start time: 6 p.m. ET

  • TV channel: ESPN

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2021 NCAA Women’s Tournament Scores and Results

First Round Results

Sunday, March 21

(5) Iowa def. (12) Central Michigan 87-72
(7) Virginia Tech def. (10) Marquette 70-63
(8) Oklahoma State def. (9) Wake Forest 84-61
(4) Kentucky def. (13) Idaho State 71-63
(3) Tennessee def. (14) Middle Tennessee 87-62
(6) Michigan def. (11) Florida Gulf Coast 87-66
(1) NC State def. (16) North Carolina A&T 79-58
(2) Baylor def. 15 Jackson 101-52
(5) Georgia Tech def. Stephen F. Austin 54-52
(8) Syracuse def. (9) South Dakota State 72-55
(1) South Carolina def. (16) Mercer 79-53
(8) Oregon State def. (9) Florida State 83-59
(1) UConn def. (16) High Point 102-59
(4) West Virginia def. (13) Lehigh 77-53
(8) South Florida def. (9) Washington State 57-53
(1) Stanford def. (16) Utah Valley 87-44

First Round Schedule

Monday, March 22 – Coverage begins at noon ET on ESPN

(10) North Carolina vs. (7) Alabama
(14) Drexel vs. (3) Georgia
(11) BYU vs. (6) Rutgers
(13) Wright State vs. (4) Arkansas
(14) Stony Brook vs. (3) Arizona
(13) VCU vs. (4) Indiana
(15) Mount St. Mary’s vs. (2) Maryland
(12) Belmont vs. (5) Gonzaga
(10) UCF vs. (7) Northwestern
(10) Michigan State vs. (7) Iowa State
(15) Troy vs. (2) Texas A&M
(12) UC Davis vs. (5) Missouri State
(15) Marist vs. (2) Louisville
(11) Bradley vs. (6) Texas
(14) Wyoming vs. (3) UCLA
(11) South Dakota vs. (6) Oregon

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2021 Women’s NCAA Tournament Bracket

MERCADO REGION

  • (1) NC State vs. (16) North Carolina A&T

The Wolfpack (20-2) hit their stride late in the season but face a difficult test against two-seed Texas A&M if the teams meet the Elite Eight. NC State edged Louisville 58-56 in the ACC championship game, beating the Cardinals for the second time this season after an initial matchup saw the Wolfpack knock off then-No. 1 Louisville in early February. The Wolfpack have the pieces to be a title contender — but so does their region’s second-ranked team.

  • (8) South Florida vs. (9) Washington State

  • (5) Gonzaga vs. (12) Belmont

  • (4) Indiana vs. (13) VCU

  • (6) Rutgers vs. (11) BYU

  • (3) Arizona vs. (14) Stony Brook

  • (7) Iowa State vs. (10) Michigan State

  • (2) Texas A&M vs. (15) Troy

HEMISFAIR REGION

  • (1) South Carolina vs. (16) Mercer

Dawn Staley’s Gamecocks (22-4) knocked off both Tennessee and Georgia 67-52 en route to an SEC championship, but they struggled against highly ranked opponents this season. South Carolina dropped contests to one-seeds NC State (54-46) and UConn (63-59 OT), as well as two-seed Texas A&M (65-57). Their first player off the bench, LeLe Grissett, will miss the whole tournament due to a lower leg injury suffered during the SEC championship game.

  • (8) Oregon State vs. (9) Florida State

  • (5) Georgia Tech vs. (12) Stephen F. Austin

  • (4) West Virginia vs. (13) Lehigh

  • (6) Texas vs. (11) Bradley

  • (3) UCLA vs. (14) Wyoming

  • (7) Alabama vs. (10) North Carolina

  • (2) Maryland vs. (15) Mount St. Mary’s

ALAMO REGION

  • (1) Stanford vs. (16) Utah Valley

Stanford (25-2) hasn’t lost a game since late January, when the Cardinal dropped their only two losses of the season in back-to-back matchups against Colorado and UCLA. Since then, Stanford has dominated the Pac-12, rolling through the conference tournament to beat UCLA 75-55 in the championship. That strong defensive performance is a hallmark of this Stanford team; the Cardinal have held opponents to an average of 52.7 points per game.

  • (8) Oklahoma State vs. (9) Wake Forest

  • (5) Missouri State vs. (12) UC Davis

  • (4) Arkansas vs. (13) Wright State

  • (6) Oregon vs. (11) South Dakota

  • (3) Georgia vs. (14) Drexel

  • (7) Northwestern vs. (10) UCF

  • (2) Louisville vs. (15) Marist

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RIVER WALK REGION

  • (1) UConn vs. (16) High Point

The Huskies (24-1) will be without coach Geno Auriemma for the first two rounds of the NCAA women’s tournament after he tested positive for COVID-19. Freshman standout Paige Bueckers leads the Huskies in points per game (19.7) and assists per game (6.1) — and will now look to lead them to the Final Four. But as the Huskies seek their 13th consecutive Final Four appearance, a prospective Elite Eight matchup with Baylor looms on the bracket.

  • (8) Syracuse vs. (9) South Dakota State

  • (5) Iowa vs. (12) Central Michigan

  • (4) Kentucky vs. (13) Idaho State

  • (6) Michigan vs. (11) Florida Gulf Coast

  • (3) Tennessee vs. (14) Middle Tennessee

  • (7) Virginia Tech vs. (10) Marquette

  • (2) Baylor vs. (15) Jackson State

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