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The Road to the Women’s NCAA Basketball Championship

It’s time to get the March Madness brackets ready. The 2024 NCAA women’s basketball tournament begins its road to the championship starting March 17. Sixty-eight women’s teams will hoop it up to get to the Final Four on April 5 in Cleveland, Ohio, and battle it out for the championship game on April 7.

ESPN channels will televise all the games for the 29th straight year (since 1996). Coach Kim Mulkey and Louisiana State University took home the trophy in 2023 over Iowa State University. In 2022, coach Dawn Staley and her South Carolina Gamecocks brought home the championship that year. Staley is one of the few Black female coaches to make it to previous Final Fours. This year (as of this publication date), her team has gone undefeated and has another strong chance to win the championship in Cleveland. 

While collegiate men’s basketball typically gets more press, women’s basketball has increased its fan base. The top 10 teams (as of March 10) are South Carolina, Iowa, the University of Southern California (USC), Stanford, the University of Texas, UCLA, Ohio State, LSU, Notre Dame, and UConn. The UConn Huskies are one of the few teams that have won the most national championships under legendary coach Luigi “Geno” Auriemma. 

One of the top players to watch during March Madness is Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, who has been selling out arenas with her high-scoring averages. Also, Angel Reese, aka the  “Bayou Barbie,” is definitely entertaining on the court. Last year, it was reported that Reese had one of the highest NIL or Name, Image, and Likeness sports contracts. Both Clark and Reese are expected to be eligible for the WNBA draft this year. Other top players who will shine during March Madness are Stanford’s Cameron Brink, UConn’s Paige Bueckers, Utah’s Alissa Pili, and USC’s JuJu Watkins. 

Ebony Huerta Wells has over 25 years of writing and media experience. She was a former business journalist with a major newspaper and worked for other niche publications.

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