NCAA women's tournament bracket: Stanford No. 1 overall, joined by UConn, South Carolina, NC State

Cassandra Negley
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It's tournament time. After a year of safety precautions and COVID-19 pauses, the 2021 NCAA women's basketball tournament is set to tip off from San Antonio later this week in a bubble-like, limited-fan atmosphere. It takes an extra special meaning after the tournament was canceled last March.

Stanford is the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. The Cardinal (25-2) endured a nine-week road trip due to local COVID-19 restrictions en route to the Pac-12 regular season and tournament titles.

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Connecticut, South Carolina and North Carolina State rounded out the four No. 1 seeds. There was no clear-cut choice for top overall, or even for the four No. 1 seeds, in a year of parity at the top of the pack.

The regionals are named for famous sites in the city: the Alamo, the Hemisfair, the Mercado and the River Walk.

Mercado Region

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1. N.C. State
16. N.C. A&T

8. South Florida
9. Washington State

5. Gonzaga
12. Belmont

4. Indiana
13. VCU

6. Rutgers
11.BYU

3. Arizona
14. Stony Brook

7. Iowa St.
10. Michigan St.

2. Texas A&M
15.Troy

Hemisfair Region

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1. South Carolina
16. Mercer

8. Oregon State
9. Florida State

5. Georgia Tech
12. Stephen F. Austin

4. West Virginia
13. Lehigh

6. Texas
11. Bradley

3. UCLA
14. Wyoming

7. Alabama
10. North Carolina

2. Maryland
15. Mount St. Mary's

Alamo Region

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1. Stanford
16. Utah Valley

8. Oklahoma State
9. Wake Forest

5. Missouri State
12. UC Davis

4. Arkansas
13.Wright State

6. Oregon
11. South Dakota

3. Georgia
14. Drexel

7. Northwestern
10. UCF

2. Louisville
15. Marist

River Walk Region

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1. UConn
16. High Point

8. Syracuse
9. South Dakota State

5. Iowa
12. Central Michigan

4. Kentucky
13. Idaho State

6. Michigan
11. Florida Gulf Coast

3. Tennessee
14. Middle Tennessee

7. Virginia Tech
10. Marquette

2. Baylor
15. Jackson State

The last four out of the 64-team bracket will still be in San Antonio to fill in if a team has to drop out because of COVID-19. Those four are Houston, DePaul, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.

The full bracket:

NCAAW 2021 bracket
NCAAW 2021 bracket

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