March Madness 2023: Women’s NCAA Tournament Schedule, First Four, Bracket, How to Watch and Stream

If you’re unfamiliar with Caitlin Clark, it’s time to get to know her. Third in points and first in assists nationally, the sensational Iowa point guard has guided the Hawkeyes to 2nd place in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. The biggest obstacle standing in Clark’s way is Aliyah Boston and South Carolina. Boston is the reigning Naismith Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, and the Gamecocks are the defending champions. They haven’t lost a game yet this year.

The women’s March Madness group is set with South Carolina, Indiana, Stanford and Virginia Tech as the top seeds in each region. The tournament begins on Wednesday with 68 teams in the field and will crown a champion on April 2nd.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch the women’s NCAA tournament off-cable on ABC and a variety of ESPN channels (and here’s how to watch the men’s tournament).

Caitlin Clark from Iowa is one of the most exciting players in college basketball.

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The women’s March Madness tournament begins on Wednesday with two play-in games, followed by two more play-in games on Thursday night. After these First Four games, the field is trimmed down from 68 to a more mathematically manageable 64 and the tournament begins in earnest on Friday, March 17th with a packed schedule of games.

What is the NCAAW tournament schedule?

Here’s the schedule, round by round:

  • The first four: 15-16 March
  • First round: 17-18 March
  • Second round: 19-20 March
  • Sweet 16: 24-25 March
  • Elite Eight: 26-27 March
  • Last four: March 31
  • Women’s NCAA Championship Game: 2nd of April

Which teams are in the First Four?

Wednesday, March 15:

  • (11) Mississippi State vs. (11) Illinois at 7:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. PT); Winner plays (6) Creighton
  • (16) Sacred Heart vs. (16) Southern at 9pm ET (6pm PT); Winner plays (1) Stanford

Thursday March 16th

  • (11) St. John’s vs. (11) Purdue at 7pm ET (4pm PT); Winner plays (6) North Carolina
  • (16) Monmouth vs. (16) Tennessee Tech at 9pm ET (6pm PT); Winner plays (1) Indiana

How can I follow the women’s tournament?

The tournament will be shown on ABC and a variety of ESPN channels: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews and ESPNU.

Can I stream March Madness for free?

Visit the NCAA’s March Madness Live website or use the March Madness Live app and you can watch games for free. You can watch March Madness Live on iOS and Android devices along with Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV and Xbox One. The app also supports AirPlay and Chromecast.

As with most free things, there’s a catch. Without proving you’re a pay-TV subscriber, you’ll only get a three-hour preview. After that you have to log in to be able to continue watching.

What are my other streaming options?

You can use a live TV streaming service to watch the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. All five of the major live TV streaming services offer the channels needed to watch every game, but remember that not every service broadcasts every local network, so check each one using the links below to make sure it has it ABC is broadcasting in your area.

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YouTube TV costs $65 per month and includes ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, and ESPNU. Enter your zip code on the welcome page to see what local networks are available in your area. Read our YouTube TV review.


Hulu with Live TV is $70 per month and includes ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, and ESPNU. On the welcome page, click the “View Channels Near You” link to see what local channels are offered in your zip code. Read our Hulu with Live TV review.


Sling TV’s $55-per-month orange and blue plan includes ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2. Note, however, that Sling only offers ABC in a few areas. You can also watch the games on ESPNews and ESPNU with the $15-a-month Sports Extra add-on. Read our Sling TV review.

Fubo TV

FuboTV’s basic plan costs $75 per month and includes ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2. The Fubo Extra add-on costs an additional $8 per month and includes ESPNews and ESPNU. Click here to see which local channels you get. Read our FuboTV review.

directv stream

DirecTV Stream’s $75-per-month basic plan includes ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2, but you’ll need the $99-per-month plan to also get ESPNews and ESPNU. You can use the channel search tool to see what local channels are available where you live. Read our DirectTV Stream review.

All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials, can be canceled at any time, and require a solid internet connection. Are you looking for more information? Check out ours Live TV Streaming Services Guide.

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