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Printable bracket for women's NCAA Tournament 2018

Printable bracket for women's NCAA Tournament 2018

The slots in the NCAA women's basketball tournament bracket have been filled and CT is the first overall seed.

Joining the Huskies as top seeds are Notre Dame, Louisville and Mississippi State. This spring marks the first time the team has earned a No. 1 seed, and with both SC and UConn on the opposite side of the bracket in the same region, the Bulldogs wouldn't face either of their toughest opponents until the championship, should they make it. UConn will have tough competition to fight through, as Baylor, Louisville, and Mississippi State - the team that knocked them off in the Final Four previous year - all look strong. Second-seeded OR, playing much closer to home than any of the other top-four seeds, is led by the pick-and-roll duo of sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu, who already holds the career mark for triple-doubles, and sophomore forward Ruthy Hebard, whose 32 consecutive shots made late in the regular season was an NCAA record and helped her to the second-highest field goal percentage in the nation this season. Last season, UConn was the overwhelming favorite but lost to Mississippi State in the Final Four.

"We felt there was a razor-thin margin between Baylor and Notre Dame", said NCAA women's basketball committee chair Rhonda Bennett.

Mississippi State lost past year to SC in the championship game.

Other notable teams among the Field of 64 include first-timers Nicholls State, Northern Colorado, Mercer and Seattle, as well as the only team to make every women's tournament in history - Tennessee. The 2018 regional semifinals and finals will be held in Kansas City, Mo.; Lexington, Ky.; Albany; and Spokane, Wash. That game would take place on March 30th in Columbus, Ohio. CT is the first overall seed in the NCAA women's basketball tournament that begins on Saturday.

Like the Huskies, the Irish are a No. 1 seed again. Two of those losses came to the Cardinals.

The Irish are in the Spokane Regional and open up against Cal State Northridge on Friday. If Notre Dame advances, the Irish would potentially face No. 2 OR if the seeds hold.

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The Rhode Island Rams (25-7) are coming from a 58-57 loss to Davidson in the final game of the A10 division. They finished with an 18-13 record and an 8-10 mark in the Big 12 to earn a 10-seed in the tournament.

OR coach Kelly Graves is very familiar with Spokane, having coached Gonzaga from 2000-1014, leading the Zags to a regional final in 2012.

Louisville won the ACC for the first time this season and earned its first No. 1 seed. The Southeastern Conference has seven teams in the tournament, while the Pac-12 and the Big Ten have six.

Stanford could be headed to Lexington for the third straight year if it can advance.

Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota and Oklahoma were the final teams to get bids to the tournament. Purdue, Rutgers, Southern Cal and West Virginia were the first four teams out.

The first round of the women's tournament begins on Saturday. “We went through those resumes and their body of work.

Bennett said Oklahomas strength of schedule, which was second best in the country, was a key to its selection.


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