After Hiatuses, These Teams Are Back in the NCAA Women’s Tournament

Some teams — like Illinois State and Massachusetts — will have already made history before taking the floor.

Juliunn Redmond, Illinois State’s leading scorer, has helped the Redbirds return to the N.C.A.A. tournament for the first time since 2008.
Juliunn Redmond, Illinois State’s leading scorer, has helped the Redbirds return to the N.C.A.A. tournament for the first time since 2008.
Juliunn Redmond, Illinois State’s leading scorer, has helped the Redbirds return to the N.C.A.A. tournament for the first time since 2008. Credit... Bobby Metcalf/Quad City Times, via Associated Press

Marisa Ingemi

Published March 17, 2022 Updated April 3, 2022

Update: South Carolina beat UConn to win its second national championship.

The N.C.A.A. basketball tournaments always represent the chance to make history.

Some teams have already done that before taking the floor.

Massachusetts, a No. 12 seed in the women’s bracket, set a program record with 26 wins en route to making its first tournament in 24 years.