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If you’re unfamiliar with Caitlin Clark, it’s time to get acquainted. The sensational Iowa point guard is third in the nation in points and first in assists and has led the Hawkeyes to a No. 2 seed in the women’s NCAA basketball tournament. The biggest obstacle standing in Clark’s way is Aliyah Boston and South Carolina. Boston is the reigning Naismith Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, and the Gamecocks are the defending champions. They have yet to lose a game this year. 

The women’s March Madness bracket is set with South Carolina, Indiana, Stanford and Virginia Tech as the top seeds in each region. The tournament gets underway on Wednesday with 68 teams in the field and will crown a champion on April 2.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch the women’s NCAA tournament on ABC and a host of ESPN channels without cable (and here’s how to watch the men’s tournament).

Iowa’s Caitlin Clark is one of the most exciting players in college basketball.

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When does the women’s NCAA tournament start?

The women’s March Madness tournament tips off on Wednesday with two play-in games followed by two more play-in games Thursday night. After these First Four games, the field of 68 is trimmed to a more mathematically manageable 64 and the tournament begins in earnest on Friday, March 17, with a full slate of games.

What is the NCAAW tournament schedule?

Here’s the schedule, round by round:

  • First Four: March 15-16
  • First round: March 17-18
  • Second round: March 19-20
  • Sweet 16: March 24-25
  • Elite Eight: March 26-27
  • Final Four: March 31
  • Women’s NCAA championship game: April 2 

Which teams are in the First Four?

Wednesday, March 15:

  • (11) Mississippi State vs. (11) Illinois at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT); winner plays (6) Creighton
  • (16) Sacred Heart vs. (16) Southern at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT); winner plays (1) Stanford

Thursday, March 16

  • (11) St. John’s vs. (11) Purdue at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT); winner plays (6) North Carolina
  • (16) Monmouth vs. (16) Tennessee Tech at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT); winner plays (1) Indiana

How can I watch the women’s tournament?

The tournament will be shown on ABC and a variety of ESPN channels: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews and ESPNU.

Can I stream March Madness for free?

Go to the NCAA’s March Madness Live site or use its March Madness Live app and you’ll be able to watch games for free. You can watch March Madness Live on iOS and Android devices along with Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV and Xbox One. The app also supports AirPlay and Chromecast.

As with most things that are free, there’s a catch. Without proving you’re a pay-TV subscriber, you get only a three-hour preview, after which point you’ll need to log in to continue watching.

What are my other streaming options?

You can use a live TV streaming service to watch the women’s NCAA basketball tournament. All five of the major live TV streaming services offer the channels needed to watch every game, but keep in mind that not every service carries every local network, so check each one using the links below to make sure it carries ABC in your area.