NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament 2022 First Four schedule

Adrian Holman

For the first time in women's college basketball history, the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament will expand to 68 teams in order to have the same amount of teams as the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Hopefully, the women's First Four will become as popular as the men's First Four that has brought strong TV ratings for the past decade.

The demand for equity for women's college basketball was highlighted last season when a video went viral that showed the men's weight room in comparison to the women's weight room. The video once again showed how much of a debacle leadership at the NCAA has been for so long.

Fortunately, everything has been updated for the ladies this season. Adding four more teams will make this tournament the best women's tournament ever.

I wrote an article about the Men's First Four earlier this week. Since women are always seeking equality, I want for this post to have more views than the men's post because there are still too many women that say they want equality, but will not put in that extra effort to see that these changes actually happen. Now, women will have their chance to prove me wrong.

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Here is a look at the schedule. All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Wednesday, March 16th (ESPNU)

#16 Incarnate Word (13-16) vs #16 Howard (20-9) - Colonial Life Arena, Charleston, SC - 7 PM

#11 DePaul (22-10) vs #11 Dayton (25-5) - James H. Hilton Arena, Ames, IA - 9 PM

Incarnate Word won the Southland Conference with three upsets in a row. The Cardinals are led by guard Jaaucklyn Moore (17.5 ppg). I am somewhat surprised that Incarnate Word lost any games at all because Jesus is undefeated. Howard only lost three games in the MEAC and are led by the scoring duo of Destiny Howell (12.9 ppg) and Anzhane' Hutton (11.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg).

The second game of the night should be the best game out of the First Four between DePaul and Dayton. DePaul looks to push the pace with all five starters averaging double-digits in points. The Blue Demons are led by Aneesah Morrow, who has been a stat machine all season long (21.7 ppg, 13.8 rpg). Dayton dropped into the First Four game after losing the Atlantic 10 Tournament Final to UMass. The Flyers have three guards that score in double-digits. Dayton has already defeated Illinois and Illinois State this season, so they will be looking to take out another team from Illinois.

Thursday, March 17th (ESPN2)

#16 Mount St. Mary's (16-12) vs #16 Longwood (21-11) - Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, NC - 7 PM

#11 Florida State (17-13) vs #11 Missouri State (24-7) - Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, LA - 9 PM

Mount St. Mary's took their lumps early in the season with only two non-conference games, but they have bounced back by winning their last six games. Longwood has won nine straight games in a row in order to reach the First Four.

Do not be fooled by the record of Florida State. The Seminoles have won two games over ranked teams this season. Missouri State also has a win over a ranked opponent and are led by Jasmine Franklin, who averages a double-double (14.9 ppg, 12.1 rpg).

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