NCAAWWomen's College Basketball is a fast-paced and intense sport that has been gaining a lot of attention in recent years. Every season features some of the best and brightest young female athletes in the world as they showcase their extraordinary skills on the court. There are numerous collegiate teams competing in the NCAA Women's Basketball Division I and II with top programs such as UConn Huskies, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Baylor Lady Bears, Louisville Cardinals, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Oregon Ducks, Stanford Cardinals, Oregon State Beavers, and many more. The regular season for Women's College Basketball begins in November and concludes with the Big Dance: the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. During the regular season, teams play for their respective conferences in an effort to win their conference championship and compete for an at-large bid to the Tournament. The post-season also features the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) and conference tournaments that determine which teams qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Tournament is a single-elimination tournament made up of 64 teams that includes conference champions plus 31 other teams chosen by a selection committee. The tournament culminates in the Women’s Final Four, which is a highly anticipated event that brings together the best college teams in the nation to compete for the national championship. There are several top contenders in the Women's College Basketball world right now, including Breanna Stewart and Nikkie Caldwell from UConn, Notre Dame’s Natalie Achonwa, and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims. All four of these standouts were recently selected in the first round of the 2014 WNBA draft. Other top players and their respective teams include Brittany Griner with the Baylor Bears, Skylar Diggins with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and Chiney Ogwumike with the Stanford Cardinal. Women's college basketball is a historic and cherished sport that has been around since the 1940's. The inaugural women’s championship in 1982 marked the birth of the Women’s NIT Tournament, the predecessor to the current NCAA tournament. In 1987, the first NCAA Women's Basketball Division I and II was officially established. The game continues to amaze fans with its undeniable intensity and athletes who possess unparalleled skills. Women's College Basketball continues to inspire young girls to pursue their dreams and empowers generations of fans with its culture of strength and leadership.
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