2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball: Results and scores from March Madness, Final Four

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The 2022 NCAA women’s basketball tournament concluded on Sunday with the South Carolina Gamecocks defeating the UConn Huskies to win the 2022 national championship title. On Her Turf provided live updates and highlights from the game, which can be found here.

See below for On Her Turf’s full guide to Women’s March Madness, including results from every game of the 2022 NCAA women’s basketball tournament.


2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball – Full March Madness Schedule, Rounds and Sites

Here is a look at the schedule for the 2022 women’s NCAA basketball tournament:

Round Dates Hosts/Site(s)
First Round March 18-19, 2022
  • University of South Carolina (Colonial Life Arena)
  • Iowa State University (James Hilton Coliseum)
  • University of Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena
  • University of Louisville (KFC Yum! Center)
  • Baylor University (Ferrell Center)
  • Stanford (Maples Pavilion)
  • University of Maryland (XFINITY Center)
  • University of Texas (Frank Erwin Center)
Second Round March 20-21, 2022
Regional Semifinals March 25-26, 2022
  • Bridgeport Regional (Total Mortgage Arena) – Hosted by UConn and Fairfield University
  • Greensboro Regional (Greensboro Coliseum Complex) – Hosted by ACC
  • Wichita Regional (Intrust Bank Arena) – Hosted by Wichita State University
  • Spokane Regional (Spokane Arena) – Hosted by Gonzaga University
Regional Final March 27-28, 2022
Final Four – Semifinals April 1, 2022
  • Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
NCAA Championship Game April 3, 2022

Women’s March Madness – Results and Scores from Round 1:

Friday, March 18, 2022:

Winning Team Losing Team
No. 8 Miami (FL) 78  No. 9 South Florida 66
No. 10 South Dakota 75  No. 7 Ole Miss 61
No. 10 Creighton 84  No. 7 Colorado 74
No. 1 South Carolina 79  No. 16 Howard 21
No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast 84  No. 5 Virginia Tech 81
No. 9 Gonzaga 68  No. 8 Nebraska 55
No. 2 Baylor 89  No. 15 Hawai’i 49
No. 2 Iowa 98  No. 15 Illinois State 58
No. 4 Maryland 102  No. 13 Delaware 71
No. 7 Utah 92  No. 10 Arkansas 69
No. 1 Louisville 83  No. 16 Albany 51
No. 8 Kansas 77  No. 9 Georgia Tech 58
No. 6 Georgia 70  No. 11 Dayton 54
No. 2 Texas 70  No. 15 Fairfield 52
No. 1 Stanford 78  No. 16 Montana State 37
No. 3 Iowa State 78  No. 14 UT Arlington 71

Results and scores from the NCAA women’s basketball games on Saturday, March 19, 2022:

Winning Team Losing Team
No. 9 Kansas State 50  No. 8 Washington State 40
No. 2 UConn 83  No. 15 Mercer 38
No. 11 Villanova 61  No. 6 BYU 57
No. 3 Indiana 85  No. 14 Charlotte 51
No. 1 NC State 96  No. 16 Longwood 68
No. 6 Ohio State 63  No. 11 Missouri State 56
No. 4 Tennessee 80  No. 13 Buffalo 67
No. 3 Michigan 74  No. 14 American 39
No. 7 UCF 69  No. 10 Florida 52
No. 11 Princeton 69  No. 6 Kentucky 62
No. 3 LSU 83  No. 14 Jackson State 77
No. 12 Belmont 73  No. 5 Oregon 70 (2OT)
No. 5 North Carolina 79  No. 12 Stephen F. Austin 66
No. 5 Notre Dame 89  No. 12 UMass 78
No. 4 Arizona 72  No. 13 UNLV 67
No. 4 Oklahoma 78  No. 13 IUPUI 72

Women’s Basketball March Madness – Results and Scores from Round 2:

Sunday, March 20, 2022:

Winning Team Losing Team
No. 10 Creighton 64  No. 2 Iowa 62
No. 4 Maryland 89  No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast 65
No. 1 South Carolina 49  No. 8 Miami (Fla.) 33
No. 2 Texas 78  No. 7 Utah 56
No. 10 South Dakota 61  No. 2 Baylor 47
No. 1 Louisville 68  No. 9 Gonzaga 59
No. 3 Iowa State 67  No. 6 Georgia 44
No. 1 Stanford 91  No. 8 Kansas 65

Results and scores from the NCAA women’s basketball games on Monday, March 21, 2022:

Winning Team Losing Team 
No. 1 NC State 89  No. 9 Kansas State 57
No. 3 Michigan 64  No. 11 Villanova 49
No. 5 Notre Dame 108  No. 4 Oklahoma 64
No. 4 Tennessee 70  No. 12 Belmont 67
No. 3 Indiana 56  No. 11 Princeton 55
No. 6 Ohio State 79  No. 3 LSU 64
No. 2 UConn 52  No. 7 UCF 47
No. 5 North Carolina 63  No. 4 Arizona 45

2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament – Sweet 16 Scores and Results:

Friday, March 25, 2022:

Winning Team Losing Team
No. 1 South Carolina 69 No. 5 North Carolina 61
No. 2 Texas 66 No. 6 Ohio State 63
No. 1 Stanford 72 No. 4 Maryland  66
No. 10 Creighton 76 No. 3 Iowa State 68

Results and scores from the Sweet 16 games on Saturday, March 26, 2022:

Winning Team Losing Team
No. 1 NC State 66 No. 5 Notre Dame 63
No. 2 UConn 75 No. 3 Indiana 58
No. 1 Louisville 76 No. 4 Tennessee 64
No. 3 Michigan 52 No. 10 South Dakota 49

2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament – Elite Eight Scores and Results:

Sunday, March 27, 2022:

Winning Team Losing Team
No. 1 South Carolina 80  No. 10 Creighton 50
No. 1 Stanford 59  No. 2 Texas 50

Results and scores from the Elite Eight games on Monday, March 28, 2022:

Winning Team Losing Team
No. 2 UConn 91 (2OT) No. 1 NC State 87 (2OT)
No. 1 Louisville 62 No. 3 Michigan 50

2022 NCAA Women’s Final Four – Semifinal Scores and Results from Friday, April 1, 2022:

Winning Team Losing Team
No. 1 South Carolina 72 No. 1 Louisville 59
No. 2 UConn 63 No. 1 Stanford 58

2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship Game – Sunday, April 3, 2022:

Winning Team Losing Team
No. 1 South Carolina 64 No. 2 UConn 49

Crystal Dunn returns to USWNT roster five months after giving birth

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Crystal Dunn was named to the USWNT roster for two upcoming friendlies against England and Spain, marking her first official selection since giving birth to son Marcel in May.

Dunn made her NWSL return with the Portland Thorns earlier this month and also trained with the U.S. team as a non-rostered player ahead of friendlies vs. Nigeria.

In addition to Dunn, the 24-player roster features a veteran core of Alyssa Naeher, Becky Sauerbrunn, Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan, Mallory Pugh, and Megan Rapinoe.

Alex Morgan was not named to the USWNT roster due to a knee injury. While U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski did not provide details of the injury, he noted that “if this was a World Cup final, Alex was going to be on this trip and was going to play, no question.”

Other roster highlights include 17-year-old Alyssa Thompson, who becomes the first player born in 2004 to receive a USWNT call-up. Thomas, a high senior, plays club soccer for the U-17 Total Futbol Academy boys’ team.

“We are very excited for her, very excited about her potential and qualities and looking forward to seeing how she will turn out in our environment,” Andonovski said of Thompson. “This camp is not make it or break it. It’s a first experience for her, it’s just something that she shouldn’t even worry about.”

The USWNT also includes a handful of players who have made their USWNT breakthrough this season — thanks in part to both strong NWSL play and injuries to more veteran players. That list includes the likes of Naomi Girma (7 caps), Taylor Kornieck (5 caps), Hailie Mace (5 caps), Sam Coffey (1 cap), and Savannah DeMelo (0 caps).

Andonovski on Thursday called Coffey, a midfielder for the Portland Thorns, a candidate for NWSL MVP.


USWNT Roster for October 2022 Friendlies vs. England and Spain

Goalkeepers (3):

  • Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit)
  • Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage)
  • Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

Defenders(7):

  • Alana Cook (OL Reign)
  • Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC)
  • Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC)
  • Sofia Huerta (OL Reign)
  • Hailie Mace (Kansas City Current)
  • Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC)

Midfielders (8):

  • Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Savannah DeMelo (Racing Louisville FC)
  • Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon, FRA)
  • Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Wave FC)
  • Rose Lavelle (OL Reign)
  • Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC)
  • Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit)
  • Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)

Forwards (6):

  • Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit)
  • Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars)
  • Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign)
  • Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit)
  • Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Alyssa Thompson (Total Futbol Academy)

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Justine Wong-Orantes’ atypical path to becoming one of the best liberos in the world

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It’s been 20 years since the same nation held both the Olympic and world volleyball titles at the same time, but libero Justine Wong-Orantes is looking to help lead Team USA accomplish that very feat at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships in the Netherlands and Poland. Competition began on Friday and the U.S. is currently 2-0 after group play wins against Kazakhstan and Canada.

“We’re trying to win, for sure,” Wong-Orantes told On Her Turf. “I think, especially with the new turn of the program and the new year of the quad, we just have a really nice blend of veterans and also newcomers on the team.”

The 14-woman roster for Team USA, which is ranked No. 1 in the world and won its first Olympic title last summer, features six players from that gold-medal-winning team. And while Wong-Orantes is among the 2021 U.S. Olympic team veterans, she’s still a relative newcomer to international play.

The Southern California native enjoyed a notable junior career – she was 12 when she became the youngest female to ever earn an AAA rating in beach volleyball – and was a standout collegian at Nebraska, where she was a member of the 2015 NCAA championship team. But Wong-Orantes followed a different path upon graduation, initially choosing not to go overseas to play professionally.

While she was first selected for the U.S. national team in 2016 and played a handful of international tournaments in the following years, it wasn’t until she started playing professionally in Germany in 2019 that she saw the potential to elevate her position on the roster. In particular, the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics gave her an additional year of overseas experience, which she calls “a blessing in disguise.”

“I just felt like I was still in that developmental stage,” she said. “And a whole year postponement allowed me to go overseas and really get all the touches, all the repetitions, and just kind of expose myself to international volleyball another year. So I was, in hindsight, pretty thankful for that COVID season because I got an extra year under my belt, and I think that just gave me a ton of confidence.”

Ahead of the Olympics, Wong-Orantes earned “best libero” honors at the 2021 FIVB Volleyball National League in Rimini, Italy, which helped secure her spot on the Olympic roster. In Tokyo, she followed up with another standout performance and was named best libero of the Olympic tournament.

As to how the Wong-Orantes transformed into one of the world’s top liberos, she points to her background as a beach volleyball player. She began competing at age 8, and her first partner was Sara Hughes, a star on the AVP Pro Tour who also won two NCAA titles with USC.

“I think having that background and just the court awareness that beach volleyball forces you to have allowed me to really have a good read on the game,” said Wong-Orantes. “I think that’s what makes a great libero is just reading and always being reactive towards the ball.”

Wong-Orantes also credits the assistance of mental coach Sue Enquist, a former UCLA softball coach and U.S. national team coach, who now helps teams work on their culture and relationships. Enquist began working with the U.S. volleyball team during the pandemic and has continued in her role ever since.

“We just worked on a lot of stuff within ourselves, within our program, how to communicate with each other off the court, and I think that honestly propelled us into such a high, high level with how we worked with each other, and then that transferred onto the court,” explained Wong-Orantes, who noted the team has Enquist on speed dial while at the World Championship. “I really commend Sue. I just really give a lot of praise to her because I think our culture was never bad, but I think [she] just transformed into a different level.”

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ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS – Justine Wong-Orantes (far right) poses for a photo with her U.S. teammates after defeating Canada at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship on September 26, 2022. (Photo by Rene Nijhuis/Orange Pictures/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Wong-Orantes said she and her U.S. teammates are on their toes for the world championships, which features twice as many teams (24) as the Olympics and a “more grueling” format.

“It’s going to be a long tournament, and I think we’re really going to need all 14 of us that are here. I’m pretty certain that, at any given moment, someone’s going to be called on and someone’s going to need to step up in big moments.”