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NCAA women's bracket 2018: Full field announced Monday night

We have the bracket for the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

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The full bracket for the NCAA women’s basketball tournament was announced Monday night. As expected, UConn is a No. 1 seed in the Albany region, which is unsurprising as they are the lone undefeated on the season, including the postseason. They will face No. 16 St. Francis in their opening game Saturday.

Notre Dame has the No. 1 seed in the Spokane regional, and will face CSU Northridge in their opener on Friday. In the Lexington regional, Louisville is the top seed, with Baylor as the second seed. Baylor was one of the most impressive teams this season, but it’s hard to argue against Louisville. Baylor will take on No. 15 Grambling.

Mississippi State has the top seed in the Kansas City region, and will face Nichols to start.

These are your first-round matchups, including seeding and scheduling information. You can find a full, updated women’s bracket right here.

Albany regional

No. 1 UConn vs. No. 16 St. Francis, 11 a.m., Saturday
No. 8 Miami vs. No. 9 Quinnipiac, 1:30 p.m., Saturday
No. 5 Duke vs. No. 12 Belmont, 11 a.m. , Saturday
No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 13 Mercer, 1:30 p.m., Saturday
No. 6 South Florida vs. No. 11 Buffalo, 1:30 p.m., Saturday
No. 3 Florida State vs. UA-Little Rock, 11 a.m., Saturday
No. 7 California vs. No. 10 Virginia, 5 p.m., Friday
No. 2 South Carolina vs. No. 15 North Carolina A&T, 7:30 p.m., Friday

Spokane regional

No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 16 CSU Northridge, 5 p.m., Friday
No. 8 South Dakota State vs. No. 9 Villanova, 7:30 p.m., Friday
No. 5 DePaul vs. No. 12 Oklahoma, Noon, Friday
No. 4 Texas A&M vs. No. 13 Drake, 2:30 p.m., Friday
No. 6 LSU vs. No. 11 Central Michigan, 11 a.m., Saturday
No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 14 George Washington, 1:30 p.m., Saturday
No. 7 Green Bay vs. No. 10 Minnesota, 5 p.m., Friday
No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 15 Seattle, 7 p.m., Friday

Lexington regional

No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 16 Boise State, Noon, Friday
No. 8 Marquette vs. No. 9 Dayton, 2:30 p.m., Friday
No. 5 Missouri vs. No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast, 3:30 p.m., Saturday
No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 13 Gonzaga, 6 p.m., Saturday
No. 6 Oregon State vs. No. 11 Western Kentucky, Noon, Friday
No. 3 Tennessee vs. No. 14 Liberty, 2:30 p.m., Friday
No. 7 Michigan vs. Northern Colorado, 5 p.m., Friday
No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 15 Grambling, 7:30 p.m., Friday

Kansas City regional

No. 1 Mississippi State vs. No. 16 Nichols, 6 p.m., Saturday
No. 8 Syracuse vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m., Saturday
No. 5 Maryland vs. No. 12 Princeton, Noon, Friday
No. 4 NC State vs. No. 13 Elon, 2:30 p.m., Friday
No. 6 Iowa vs. No. 11 Creighton, 6 p.m., Saturday
No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 American, 3:30 p.m., Saturday
No. 7 Arizona State vs. No. 10 Nebraska, 3:30 p.m., Saturday
No. 2 Texas vs. No. 15 Maine, 6 p.m., Saturday

On Sunday, the selection committee released the final eight teams under consideration for the last four spots in the bracket. Those eight teams were Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Purdue, Rutgers, USC, and West Virginia.

The top 16 teams will host first- and second-round games in the tournament. The top several teams aren’t really disputed by any means, but there are always a few more than 16 who think they should be included in that group.

UConn finished the season with a 32-0 record, while Mississippi State was undefeated up until their last outing, a loss to South Carolina in the SEC tournament final.

Going into Monday’s announcement, the big question was whether or not Baylor would make it as a No. 1 seed. They finished the season at 31-1, but also played the weaker schedule compared to UConn, Mississippi State, Louisville, and Notre Dame. To top it off, Baylor lost Kristy Wallace to a season-ending injury in the regular-season finale.