When does Women’s March Madness start? Full schedule for First Four, Round 1 games in 2024 NCAA Tournament

It’s the beginning of the end of the college basketball season. A moment of reflection for some, another journey ahead for others. So, who’s going dancing?

This year’s NCAA women’s basketball tournament may be the best yet. The sport has seen broken scoring records, viewership records and attendance records in just a few months. It’s not stopping yet, as March Madness has its nickname for a reason.

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Filled with current icons and future WNBA stars, the tournament can be overwhelming at first. Who should you watch? Who should you cheer for? The Sporting News can’t help with those questions, but it can answer some others. 

Here’s everything to know about the 2024 NCAA women’s basketball tournament, from schedules and tipoff times to how to watch all 68 teams play for a national championship.

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When does Women’s March Madness start?

The Women’s NCAA Tournament begins Wednesday, March 20 with the First Four, which reduces the field from 68 to 64 teams with play-ins for 11- and 16-seeds. The first round of the tournament kicks off two days later. 

March Madness wraps up with the Final Four on Sunday, April 5 and the championship game Sunday, April 7. Both will be held at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Selection Sunday: March 17
  • First Four: March 20-21
  • First round: March 22-23
  • Second round: March 24-25
  • Sweet 16: March 29-30
  • Elite Eight: March 31-April 1
  • Final Four: April 5
  • NCAA championship game: April 7

MORE: Full list of cities, arenas and venues hosting women’s NCAA Tournament games

Women’s NCAA Tournament schedule 2024

Selection Sunday

Sunday, March 17

Time (ET) TV/Live stream
6 p.m. CBS

First Four

Wednesday, March 20

Game Time (ET) TV/Live stream
TBD TBD Sling
TBD TBD Sling

Thursday, March 21

Game Time (ET) TV/Live stream
TBD TBD Sling
TBD TBD Sling

First Round

Friday, March 22

Saturday, March 23

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