Women’s Momentum in March Madness

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Stands of Louisville vs Gonzaga Game [Photo Courtesy Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press]

Lauren Runyan, Staff Reporter

March Madness is a single elimination NCAA basketball tournament held every year. During this, 68 D1 college teams from around the country compete to win the March Madness title. 

However, many people don’t know that there is a women’s March Madness. The women’s tournament began in 1982. As of 2022 it is now under the March Madness branding, which previously was only used for the men’s tournament. This is great because March is also Women’s History Month.

In 2021, the women’s tournament got a huge rush of attention when Oregon Ducks player, Sedona Prince, made a TikTok that blew up. It showed the disparities between the men’s and women’s tournament. This caused the NCAA to revise the women’s tournament creating changes regarding equity for not only players but also staff. 

Female athletes work just as hard as their male counterparts but aren’t often treated like they do.

Former D1 basketball player and one of Millikan Boys Athletic Director, Kacey Mendoza, says, “Many people don’t understand the number of hours that athletes spend while playing a collegiate sport.  When I was in college, we had morning workouts on the track and soccer field, two hours of lifting each day and then three to four hours of practice. This was all while still juggling a full class load and having to travel for games.”  Mendoza adds,“It’s a shame that even at the highest level, women still aren’t treated the same as men but I am glad that athletes last year shed light on the disparities.”  

The NCAA Women’s tournament first round took place on March 18 and 19 leaving only 34 teams advancing to the second round.

Last year Stanford put up an amazing game, fighting neck and neck with Arizona to win the 2021 tournament with the final score being 54-53. This year the March Madness Championship took place April 3; South Carolina beat Connecticut 64-49. Congrats to South Carolina! The 2023 Women’s March Madness is set to start March 18, so be sure to tune in to see who will take the next title.  

2022 Bracket [Photo Courtesy of The Athletic]