Women’s basketball

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What to expect when playing U.S. college basketball:

Fall Semester

  • Basketball is a Winter sport, played in the middle of the U.S. school year.
  • Games are usually played between early-November and early-March.
  • Players may have practice or games scheduled during Winter break, as the season is played across two semesters.
  • You can expect to play approximately 30 games in an average season.

Spring Semester

  • The off-season for college basketball is between the end of the Spring semester and the beginning of the Fall semester.
  • You can expect to practice a maximum of 8 hours a week during the off-season.
  • In addition to training, an exhibition or practice game may be scheduled prior to the start of the new season.

Women’s Basketball programs all over the U.S. participate under all governing bodies and divisions.


  • The NCAA endorses three divisions of women’s collegiate basketball.

    Division I
    • Currently, there are 349 women’s basketball programs
    • 15 full basketball scholarships are available per women’s basketball team
    Division II
    • Currently sponsor 307 women’s basketball programs
    • 10 full basketball scholarships available
    Division III
    • Currently sponsor 442 women’s basketball programs
    • No financial aid is allocated to athletes


  • The NJCAA endorses three divisions of women’s collegiate basketball.
  • Currently sponsor 395 basketball programs across three divisions
  • 15 full basketball scholarships available across all divisions


  • The NAIA endorses two divisions of women’s collegiate basketball
Division I
  • Currently sponsor 93 women’s basketball programs
  • 11 full basketball scholarships available
Division II
  • Currently sponsor 133 women’s basketball programs
  • 6 full basketball scholarships available