The Wichita Regional is set with four of the best 16 teams in the nation headed to the heart of the country at INTRUST Bank Arena. Expect to see future WNBA draft picks and some of the best college basketball has to offer.

Get to know the four teams headed to Wichita for a chance to cut down the nets and continue their road to the 2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship.

Saturday, March 26

3 p.m. CDT: No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 4 Tennessee
5:30 p.m. CDT: No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 10 South Dakota

Monday, March 28

8 p.m. CDT: Louisville/Tennessee vs. Michigan/South Dakota

 

NO. 1-SEED LOUISVILLE CARDINALS

The Wichita Regional is led by No. 1-seed Louisville Cardinals. Senior forward Emily Engstler scored 17 points against the University of Albany (83-51) in the first round, while sophomore guard Hailey Van Lith scored 21 points against Gonzaga (68-59) in the second round. Engstler (16) and Van Lith (18) were named to ESPN.com’s “Top 25 players in the women’s bracket.”

City: Louisville, Ky.
Enrollment: 23,194
Record: 27-4 (16-2 in the ACC Conference)
Bid: At-Large bid
Wichita Regional seed: 1
NCAA tournament appearances: 24
Last NCAA appearance: 2021, lost to Stanford in regional final
Final Fours: 3 (2009, 2013, 2018)
Championships: 0
Coach: Jeff Walz
Social media handle: @UofLWBB
Hashtags: #GoCards

 

NO. 4-SEED TENNESSEE LADY VOLUNTEERS

The No. 4-seed Tennessee Lady Volunteers knocked off 13-seed Buffalo, 80-67, before surviving a 70-67 scare against 12th-seeded Belmont to earn a trip to Wichita. Tennessee senior wing Rae Burrell scored 19 points against Buffalo, while Alexus Dye led the team with 20 points against Belmont.

Tennessee hopes to have Jordan Horston back in time to compete in Wichita against top-seeded Louisville. She would have easily cracked ESPN.com’s top 25 had she been healthy for the tournament. A 6-2 guard, Horston leads the Volunteers in scoring with 16.2 points per game, rebounding with 9.4 rebounds per game and minutes with 19.3 per game.

City: Knoxville, Tenn.
Enrollment: 23,152
Record: 24-8 (11-5 in the SEC Conference)
Bid: At-Large bid
Wichita Regional seed: 4
NCAA tournament appearances: 39
Last NCAA appearance: 2021, lost to Michigan in second round
Final Fours: 18
Championships: 8
Coach: Kellie Harper
Social media handle: @LadyVol_Hoops
Hashtags: #GoLadyVols

 

NO. 3-SEED MICHIGAN WOLVERINES

The No. 3-seed Michigan Wolverines are led by one of the best players in the nation and a surefire first round pick in the WNBA draft, ­6-2 senior Naz Hillmon. Hillmon is 13th in the country in scoring with 21.1 points per game. Michigan defeated 14-seed American University, 74-39, in the first round and 11-seed Villanova, 64-49, in the second round.

City: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Enrollment: 32,282
Record: 23-6 (13-4 in the Big Ten Conference)
Bid: At-Large bid
Wichita Regional seed: 3
NCAA tournament appearances: 10
Last NCAA appearance: 2021, lost to Baylor in regional semifinal
Final Fours: 0
Championships: 0
Coach: Kim Barnes Arico
Social media handle: @umichwbball
Hashtags: #GoBlue

 

NO. 10-SEED SOUTH DAKOTA COYOTES

No bracket would be complete without one Cinderella story as the No. 10-seeded South Dakota Coyotes became the first team to punch their ticket to the Wichita Regional with a 61-47 victory over the No. 2-seeded Baylor. The Coyotes opened the program’s fifth all-time NCAA Tournament appearance with a 75-61 victory over Ole Miss. Hannah Sjerven tallied 20 points against Ole Miss while Chloe Lamb led the way with 15 points against Baylor.

City: Vermillion, S.D.
Enrollment: 9,464
Record: 27-5 (17-1 in the Summit Conference)
Bid: Automatic bid
Wichita Regional seed: 10
NCAA tournament appearances: 3
Last NCAA appearance: 2020, lost to Oregon in first round
Final Fours: 0
Championships: 0
Coach: Dawn Plitzuweit
Social media handle: @SDCoyotesWBB
Hashtags: #GoYotes

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If you’re a college basketball fan planning to take in the NCAA tournament games in Wichita, be sure to check out this blog post: Your complete guide to attending the 2022 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament in Wichita.