2011 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament
|2011 NCAA Women's Division I
Women's Final Four Logo for 2011
|Finals site||Conseco Fieldhouse
|Champions||Texas A&M (1st title)|
|Runner-up||Notre Dame (2nd title game)|
|Winning coach||Gary Blair (1st title)|
|MOP||Danielle Adams Texas A&M|
The 2011 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament began on March 19, 2011 and concluded on April 5, 2011. The Texas A&M Aggies won the championship, defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 76–70 in the final held at Conseco Fieldhouse (now Bankers Life Fieldhouse) in Indianapolis.
The tournament was also notable for a historic run by Gonzaga that ultimately ended in the final of the Spokane Region. With the help of two games on their home court and a regional held less than two miles away, the #11-seeded Bulldogs became the lowest seed ever to make a regional final in the history of the women's tournament.
- 1 Subregionals
- 2 Regionals and Final Four
- 3 Tournament records
- 4 Qualifying teams - automatic
- 5 Qualifying teams - at-large
- 6 Bids by conference
- 7 Bids by state
- 8 Brackets
- 9 Record by conference
- 10 All-Tournament Team
- 11 Game Officials
- 12 Media coverage
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
The format is the same as the Men's Tournament, except that there are 64 teams; this in turn means there is no "First Four" round. Thirty-one automatic bids for conference champions and 33 at-large bids are available.
Subregionals were played from March 19 through March 22.
The following 16 sites were used for first and second round games:
- The Pit, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Auburn Arena, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
- John Paul Jones Arena, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Cintas Center, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Comcast Center, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, Maryland
- St. John Arena, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
- Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
- Thompson-Boling Arena, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
- Jon M. Huntsman Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
- McCarthey Athletic Center, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
- CenturyTel Center, Bossier City, Louisiana (Host: Louisiana Tech University)
- Maples Pavilion, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
- Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
- Bryce Jordan Center, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
- Ferrell Center, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
- INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kansas (Host: Wichita State University)
Regionals and Final Four
The Regionals, named for the city rather than the region of geographic importance since 2005, which were held from March 26 to March 29, were at these sites:
- Dayton Regional, University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
- Spokane Regional, Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Washington (Host: Washington State University)
- Dallas Regional, American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas (Host Big 12 Conference)
- Philadelphia Regional, Liacouras Center, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- NOTES: 1. Unless noted, all sites are on campus.
2. This marked the first time since the NCAA started pre-determining subregional sites that one city hosted both a sub-regional and regional final as Spokane served as a host city twice in the same tournament.
Regional winners advanced to the Final Four held April 3 and 5 at Conseco Fieldhouse (now Bankers Life Fieldhouse) in Indianapolis, hosted by Butler University and the Horizon League as per the NCAA's policy of hosting one of each of the men's and women's Final Four every five years in the home city of the NCAA offices.
- Field goals—Maya Moore attempted 30 field goals in the semifinal against Notre Dame, the most ever attempted in a Final Four game.
- Free throws—Texas A&M completed ten out of ten free throw attempts, tied for the highest percentage free throw shooting by a team in an NCAA Tournament game (minimum-nine attempts).
- Free throws—Marquette completed zero free throws in a game against Texas, tied for the fewest number of free throws completed in an NCAA Tournament game.
- Field goals—Nicole Griffin, Oklahoma, hot 15 of 19 Field goal attempts, the highest field goal completion percentage for an individual in an NCAA Tournament.
Qualifying teams - automatic
Sixty-four teams were selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Thirty-one conferences were eligible for an automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA tournament. Tennessee continues its record of being present at every NCAA Tournament since the NCAA began sanctioning women's sports in the 1981–82 school year.
|Arkansas–Little Rock||Sun Belt||23–7||14–2||12|
|UC Davis||Big West||24–8||10–6||16|
|Northern Iowa||Missouri Valley||27–5||17–1||13|
|Ohio State||Big Ten||22–9||10–6||4|
|Saint Francis (PA)||Northeast||22–11||14–4||13|
|South Dakota State||Summit||19–13||12–6||15|
Qualifying teams - at-large
Thirty-three additional teams were selected to complete the sixty-four invitations.
|Iowa State||Big 12||22–10||9–7||7|
|Kansas State||Big 12||21–10||10–6||8|
|Michigan State||Big Ten||26–5||13–3||4|
|Middle Tennessee||Sun Belt||23–7||14–2||11|
|Notre Dame||Big East||26–7||13–3||2|
|Penn State||Big Ten||24–9||11–5||6|
|St. John's||Big East||21–10||9–7||9|
|Texas A&M||Big 12||27–5||13–3||2|
|Texas Tech||Big 12||22–10||8–8||8|
|West Virginia||Big East||23–9||8–8||9|
Bids by conference
Thirty-one conferences earned an automatic bid. In twenty-one cases, the automatic bid was the only representative from the conference. Thirty-three additional at-large teams were selected from ten of the conferences.
|9||Big East||Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Rutgers, St. John’s, West Virginia|
|7||Big 12||Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech|
|6||ACC||Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina|
|5||Big Ten||Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue|
|4||SEC||Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Vanderbilt|
|3||Atlantic 10||Xavier, Dayton, Temple|
|3||Pac-10||Stanford, Arizona State, UCLA|
|2||Sun Belt||Arkansas–Little Rock, Middle Tennessee|
|2||WAC||Fresno State, Louisiana Tech|
|1||Big West||UC Davis|
|1||Missouri Valley||Northern Iowa|
|1||Northeast||Saint Francis (PA)|
|1||Summit||South Dakota State|
Bids by state
The sixty-four teams came from thirty states, plus Washington, D.C. Texas had the most teams with six bids. Twenty states did not have any teams receiving bids.
|6||Texas||Baylor, Prairie View, Houston, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech|
|4||California||Fresno State, Stanford, UC Davis, UCLA|
|4||Florida||Stetson, UCF, Florida State, Miami|
|4||Ohio||Bowling Green, Ohio State, Xavier, Dayton|
|4||Tennessee||Tennessee, Tennessee–Martin, Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt|
|3||Iowa||Northern Iowa, Iowa, Iowa State|
|3||Pennsylvania||Penn State, Saint Francis (PA), Temple|
|3||North Carolina||Duke, Gardner-Webb, North Carolina|
|2||Georgia||Georgia, Georgia Tech|
|2||Indiana||Notre Dame, Purdue|
|2||Louisiana||McNeese State, Louisiana Tech|
|2||New Jersey||Princeton, Rutgers|
|2||New York||Marist, St. John’s|
|2||Virginia||Hampton, James Madison|
|2||Wisconsin||Green Bay, Marquette|
|1||District of Columbia||Georgetown|
|1||South Dakota||South Dakota State|
|1||West Virginia||West Virginia|
|College Park, MD|
|13||Saint Francis (PA)||48|
|University Park, PA|
|Salt Lake City, UT|
|15||South Dakota State||56|
|Bossier City, LA|
Final Four – Indianapolis, Indiana
|National Championship Game
Record by conference
|Conference||# of Bids||Record||Win %||Round
Eighteen conferences went 0–1: the America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Ivy League, MEAC, MAC, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, SWAC and the Summit
- Danielle Adams, Texas A&M
- Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame
- Maya Moore, Connecticut
- Tyra White, Texas A&M
- Devereaux Peters, Notre Dame 
- Lisa Jones(Semi-Final)
- Felicia Grinter (Semi-Final)
- Denise Brooks (Semi-Final)
- Lisa Mattingly (Semi-Final)
- Cameron Inouye (Semi-Final)
- Susan Blauch (Semi-Final)
- Dee Kantner (Final)
- Tina Napier (Final)
- Michael Price (Final) 
ESPN has US television rights to all games during the tournament. For the first and second round, ESPN airs select games nationally on ESPN or ESPNU. All other games are aired regionally on ESPN2 and streamed online via ESPN3. Most of the nation gets whip-a-round coverage during this time, which allows ESPN to rotate between the games and focus on the nation on the one that is the closest. The regional semifinals are split between ESPN and ESPN2, and ESPN airs the regional finals, national semifinals, and championship match.
Studio host & analysts
First & Second Rounds Saturday/Monday
Sweet Sixteen & Elite Eight Saturday/Monday
First & Second Rounds Sunday/Tuesday
Sweet Sixteen & Elite Eight Sunday/Tuesday
- NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship
- 2011 NCAA Women's Division II Basketball Tournament
- 2011 Women's National Invitation Tournament
- 2011 Women's Basketball Invitational
- 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
- 2011 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
- Voepel, Mechelle (April 5, 2011). "Adams, White lead Texas A&M to title". ESPN. Retrieved April 6, 2011.
- Kinkhabwala, Aditi (April 6, 2011). "Texas A&M Wins Women's Basketball Title". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 6, 2011.
- Lopresti, Mike (April 6, 2011). "As Texas A&M wins first title, fight for parity continues". USA Today. Retrieved April 6, 2011.
- Associated Press (March 26, 2011). "Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga hold off Louisville to earn Elite 8 trip". ESPN. Retrieved April 22, 2011.
- "First, Second round Sites For 2011 Tourney Announced". Retrieved October 30, 2009.
- Nixon, Rick. "Official 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four Records Book" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- Women's Basketball Bracket, NCAA, March 19, 2011
- Margolis, Rachel (March 14, 2011). "ESPN Networks to Air All 63 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Games". ESPN. Retrieved 14 Mar 2011.