Gonzaga women projected to host First and Second rounds in NCAA top-16 reveal

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Gonzaga women’s basketball team was ranked 12th in the first of two NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee top-16 reveals, projecting the Bulldogs to host the First and Second Rounds of the 2020 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. The reveal took place at halftime of the Oregon at UConn game Monday evening.

The reveal is the first of two planned top-16 reveals; the second reveal will take place during the halftime of the South Florida-UConn game on March 2. The top-16 announcements have no bearing on the final 64-team field for the 2020 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship that will be announced during the ESPN Selection Show on Monday, March 16 at 4 p.m. PT.

“The season has shown there is an increased parity and that was reflected in the difficulty that the committee had in identifying the top 16 seeds here in early February,” said Diane Turnham, chair of the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at Middle Tennessee State University. “There are so many great games coming up in February that will be very telling before our next reveal in early March.”

 In the committee’s initial ranking, the top 16 teams are as follows:

1. South Carolina

2. Baylor

3. Louisville

4. Oregon

5. UConn

6. Stanford

7. NC State

8. Maryland

9. Oregon State

10. Mississippi State

11. UCLA

12. Gonzaga

13. Arizona

14. DePaul

15. Iowa

16. Northwestern

 The first and second rounds of the 2020 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship will be played March 20-23 on the home courts of the top 16 seeds. Regional action will take place March 27-30, with Dallas and Greenville, S.C. hosting March 27 and 29, while Fort Wayne, Ind., and Portland will host regional games on March 28 and 30. The 2020 Women’s Final Four will be held April 3 and 5 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.