The Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee ruled in favor of a schedule seen in previous attempts for the D-I Women’s National Basketball Championship and by doing so, will institute opening rounds during the weekend and on Mondays and Tuesdays.
As for the Final Four, teams will convene courtside on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, a strategy well-received by the committee, including current committee chairwoman and director of athletics at DePaul, Jean Lenti Ponsetto.
“The committee made the day shift change in response to a significant amount of feedback from stakeholders in the game looking to improve in-person attendance and improve television ratings, without sacrificing one for the other. Along with these changes, we will continue to conduct a strategic format review.”
The committee, headlined by athletic administrators at partnering universities, student-athletes and one head coach, agreed at an Indianapolis convention that, because the 2015 women’s tournament knocked into the men’s side of March Madness (along with other sports programming), the sport’s interests would be best served by switching up the days of tournament play.
The oversight committee would like to implement the adjustments as soon as the 2016 women’s tournament in Indianapolis.
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