The NCAA Division I women’s basketball committee concluded its annual summer meeting last week with planning for the 2022-23 season and the championship front and middle.
The 2023 regional championship rounds will transition to a two-host format, with eight competing teams playing at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina and eight at the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle.
The committee decided that each location would host two regional semifinals on March 24 and two on March 25. Additionally, each location will host a regional championship game on March 26th and one on March 27th.
The committee also confirmed that the 68 teams competing in the 2023 championship will be announced on selection Sunday, March 12, during the ESPN selection show. The first four opening round matches of the 2023 championship will take place on March 15-16 and will again be played on the campus of the teams seeded in the top 16. As in 2022, venues will be selected based on bracketing principles and procedures. All sites bidding to host first and second round games must agree to host a first four game as well. The First Four, Rounds 1 and 2, and Selection Sunday will continue to be conducted in this format through 2027, with the committee conducting a format review of the Prelims after the 2025 Championship. This review includes the first four, first and second rounds, as well as regional formats and locations.
“The committee has spent a significant amount of time determining the regional game format and preferred venue for the First Four games,” said Nina King, committee chair and vice president/director of athletics at Duke. “The decision to proceed with the top 16 sites hosting First Four games was bolstered by the positive feedback from the schools that competed in those games during the 2022 championship. We believe both choices make for the best student-athlete experience.”
Beth Goetz, director of athletics at Ball State, who will begin her fourth year on the committee, will serve as committee chair in 2022-23. Oregon Assistant Director of Athletics Lisa Peterson has been named vice chair for the upcoming season and will serve as chair in 2023-24. King has served as chairman for the past two seasons and will leave the committee on September 1.
“It’s such an important time for our sport and our championship,” said Goetz. “The committee is committed to continuing to work with the women’s basketball community and staff to ensure we continue to serve as stewards for the NCAA tournament, one of the greatest sporting events in the world.”
Peterson is expected to begin her third year on the committee in 2022-23.
“At a time of incredible growth for our sport, it is an honor to be elected vice chair and then chair of this dedicated group of administrators that comprises the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee,” Peterson said.
Members of the 12-member committee for 2022-23, alongside Goetz and Peterson, are Deneé Barracato, associate director of athletics at Northwestern; Jill Bodensteiner, athletic director at Saint Joseph’s; Jenny Bramer, Executive Associate Athletics Director at San Diego State; Amanda Braun, Milwaukee athletics director; Derita Dawkins, assistant vice chancellor and assistant director of athletics in Arkansas; Alex Gary, Western Carolina athletic director; Lizzie Gomez, Associate Director of Athletics at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Jill Shields, assistant director of athletics for the state of Kansas; Todd Stansbury, athletic director at Georgia Tech; and Lynn Tighe, Senior Associate Athletics Director at Villanova.
The summer meeting also covered a variety of other topics, including the annual review of the NCAA grading tool and selection principles and procedures. Planning for the 2023 Championship also included updates on operations, functioning, travel, ticketing, branding, broadcast, digital/social and media. The committee received a report on the planning of the 2023 Women’s Final Four in Dallas, which will host the second joint championship games in Divisions I, II and III women’s basketball for two days (April 1-2) at the American Airlines Center. The committee also received an update on the site selection process for the Women’s Final Four, which will conclude with the announcement of the 2027-31 sites in November.
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