The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee announced changes to its 2023 championship format after concluding its annual summer meeting last week.
Selection Sunday will take place on Sunday, March 12 on ESPN. The first four first-round matches on March 15 and 16 will be played on the campuses of the top 16 seeded teams.
The format changes are centered on the regional championship rounds of the tournament. According to the announcement, the 2023 regional rounds of the championship will switch to a two-host format. Eight teams will play at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, and eight will play at the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington.
“The committee has spent a significant amount of time determining the regional playing format and preferred location for the first four games,” said Nina King, chair of the committee.
“The decision to continue with the top 16 venues hosting the first four games was supported by positive feedback from the schools participating in those games during the 2022 championship. We believe that both decisions provide the best student-athlete experience,” she continued.
The NCAA also announced its 12-member committee for the 2022-23 season.
Beth Goetz, director of athletics at Ball State, will serve as committee chair in her fourth year on the committee. Lisa Peterson, Oregon’s associate director of athletics, will serve as vice president this season and chair in 2023-24.