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The Final Countdown: How To Watch the Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Championship Matchup on Sling TV

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Watch LSU vs Iowa in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Sunday, April 2nd at on ABC and ESPN3 with Sling TV!

As March draws to a close, college basketball fans across the country are gearing up for the highly anticipated March Madness finals. This year, the women’s NCAA basketball tournament has been filled with excitement, upsets, and unforgettable moments.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the women’s March Madness final, highlighting the key matchups, players to watch, storylines to follow, and how you can watch it all on Sling TV for less. Get ready for an action-packed conclusion to another unforgettable season of NCAA women’s basketball!

In a hurry? Watching the Women’s March Madness Final on Sling TV is super simple– it’s on ABC, so just tune to ESPN3, and presto! It’s included with Sling Orange for just $40.00/mo.

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With the final games happening this weekend, fans are eagerly anticipating the epic showdown that will determine the national champions of women’s college basketball.

The National Title game will be played between the top two teams in the tournament, which will be determined by the results of the Final Four games. For the ladies, that’s March 31 at and on ESPN, and for the men’s basketball, April 1 at and on CBS.

The 2023 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Game will be played on Sunday, April 2 at at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The Men’s National Championship matchup will be Monday, April 3 at at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston is guarded by Blue Jay Emma Ronsiek during the 2022 Elite Eight / photo taken by Katie Dugan/Gamecock Central under CC BY-2.0 via Flickr

Sling TV is the cheapest way to watch the ESPN channels, and therefore the cheapest way to catch the Women’s NCAA Championship. We’ll cover how to watch the Ladies’ National Final on Sling TV, workarounds to watch the Men’s Final on the cheap, and discuss some historic victories for both tournaments below. Keep reading for a complete schedule!

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Sling TV Basics

Sling TV has two base packages, Orange and Blue, plus tons of add-ons. Either starting plan is $40.00/mo, or you can get both for $55.00/mo. Add-ons vary in price from small bundles (Extras) for mostly $6/mo to individual premium services for $3-10 each.

Hawkeye Caitlin Clark takes a free throw in Iowa vs. Michigan, February 2022 / taken by JD Scott/MGoBlog under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr

Out of all the streaming services, Sling is the only one that has attempted a model fundamentally different from traditional cable. It’s customization features, low prices, and antenna integration are all geared toward putting you in charge of your own TV entertainment.

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NCAA Basketball Championship Overview: What We Know So Far

The men might be having a tournament of unprecedented upsets, but the women aren’t without their precedent-breakers. No. 1 Stanford, usually a fixture in the regional tournaments, fell to No. 8 Ole Miss in the second round, the first overall 1-seed to drop out before the Sweet Sixteen since 2009. Another No. 1 knock out, Indiana, was also in the second round, when the No. 9 Hurricanes harried the Hoosiers to a 70-68 triumph.

It’s the first time since 1998 more than one No. 1 has been dumped out of the tournament before the Sweet Sixteen, which also saw No. 1 Stanford upset, that time by No. 16 Harvard. It was also the first time in the women’s or men’s competitions that a 16-seed beat a 1-seed.

Then-Maryland player Angel Reese — now with LSU — November 21, 2021 / cropped from original by Alexander Jonesi under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr

The UConn Huskies, with the most March Madness wins at 11, failed to make it as far as the Elite Eight before getting smacked down by the Buckeyes in the Sweet Sixteen. And Villanova’s NCAA top-scorer Maddy Siegrist couldn’t save the Wildcats from getting blown away by the Hurricanes in the same round.

Which brings us to the NCAA Women’s Final Four, the National Semifinal.

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No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks

NCAA Basketball Championship Women's Final Four South Carolina Hokies

Dynamic duo Aliyah Boston and Zia Cooke scored a combined 40 points against No. 2 Maryland in the Elite Eight. Before that, the team steamrolled UCLA, South Florida, and Norfolk State.

The defending champs are (knock wood) on a year+ long winning streak, 42 games, 36-0 for the season. Under head coach Dawn Staley, they’re poised to become the 10th team in NCAA Women’s B-ball history to shoot the moon and go undefeated all the way to the title.

This would net them back-to-back championships (only the fourth team to have done so) in their third straight Final Four.

No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes

NCAA Basketball Championship Women's Final Four Iowa Hawkeyes

The Hawkeyes made their first Final Four in 30 years by defeating the Louisville Cardinals. Earlier victories include Colorado, Georgia, and Southeastern Louisiana.

Player of the Year Caitlin Clark’s 41-point triple-double is a first-ever in women’s or men’s NCAA tournaments. Her fellow starters, Gabbie Marshall, Kate Martin, McKenna Warnock, and Monika Czinano, all high-percentage shooters themselves, are why Iowa is the highest scoring team in the country.

No. 3 LSU Tigers

NCAA Basketball Championship Women's Final Four LSU Tigers

Head coach Kim Mulkey’s rebuilding program has paid off with this, her fifth Final Four. Two new team members fresh from the transfer portal helped LSU knock off Miami: former Terrapin Angel Reese and former Aggie Alexis Morris. Their defeat of the Hurricanes gets them a spot against the Hokies this weekend, their first Final Four in 15 years.

Before Miami, the Tigers devoured Utah, Michigan, and Hawaii.

No. 1 Virginia Tech Hokies

NCAA Basketball Championship Women's Final Four Virginia Tech Hokies

Final Four first-timers Virginia Tech have been winning games since January, a 15-game streak second only to South Carolina’s marathon. Their victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes was thanks in large part to Georgia Amoore and Elizabeth Kitley, along with head coach Kenny Brooks. Kitley alone posted a 25-point double-double and 12 rebounds in the Ohio State game.

Virginia Tech’s earlier-round vanquished opponents were Tennessee, South Dakota State, and Chattanooga.

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How to Watch the NCAA March Madness 2023 Final on Sling TV

So how can you make sure you don’t miss this last chance to check out these young superstars before the WNBA Draft? The 2023 Women’s Championship is on ABC, and the Final Four are on ESPN.

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ESPN on Sling TV is no problem, it’s included in Sling Orange, which also has Disney channels and, crucially, ESPN3. Sling doesn’t carry ABC, but ABC sports events are simulcast on ESPN3. So that means you can watch both games on the 31st on ESPN, then the Final a couple of days later on ESPN3. All for $40.00/mo.

Hokie Elizabeth Kitley receives 2021-22 ACC Player of the Year honors November 10, 2022 / cropped from original by SneakinDeacon under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr

Watching the boys’ Final is a little harder. It’s on CBS and Sling doesn’t carry CBS. But that doesn’t mean you can’t watch it for less than the $65-75 the big services charge. You have two main options: take advantage of Sling’s free antenna offer (yes, you read that right: free) or sign up for Paramount+ Premium at $9.99/mo (Black Friday deal). Either one will get you reliable access to your local CBS affiliate.

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2023 Women’s Final Four and Championship Schedule

It all goes down this weekend in Dallas!

  • Friday Mar 31 : No. 1 Virginia Tech (72) vs No. 3 LSU (79) (ESPN)
  • Friday Mar 31 : No. 1 South Carolina (73) vs No. 2 Iowa (77) (ESPN)
  • Sunday Apr 3 : LSU vs Iowa (ABC/ESPN3)

Wrapping Up

Will South Carolina continue their 42 win streak? Or will record-breaking Player of the Year wunderkind Caitlin Clark and the Hawkeyes prevail? Will the Tigers eat the Hokies for breakfast, or will Virginia Tech’s Cinderella run keep on going? And which team will ultimately triumph in the Championship? Find out this weekend as the madness draws to a close on Sling TV.

FAQ

What are some other NCAA Championships I can watch on Sling TV?

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