2023 March Madness: Here's all you need to know ahead of the women's college basketball tournament

    The South Carolina Gamecocks will be looking to defend their NCAA title after being victorious in last year's March Madness.

    (CNN)March is upon us and the best of the best in women's college basketball are set to go head-to-head to decide who takes home the prestigious NCAA Division I title -- let the madness commence.

    Since the addition of the women's tournament in 1982, it has become an important part of the sporting calendar and already has a rich history of iconic moments.
    None more so than when Arike Ogunbowale drained late shots from deep in consecutive "Final Four" games to guide the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to the 2018 title -- arguably the most clutch moment in college basketball history.
      Fans will be hoping for similar levels of drama in the 2023 edition of the tournament as they fill out their brackets for the upcoming 'Big Dance.'

        What happened last year

        South Carolina was victorious in 2022 after defeating Connecticut 64-49 in the national championship game. Led in the final by Destanni Henderson's 26 points and Aliyah Boston's double-double, the Gamecocks were a dominant force throughout the tournament to seal the victory.
        With Boston -- who likely will be the top pick in the upcoming WNBA draft -- leading the undefeated Gamecocks again this year, South Carolina will be looking to retain the title.
          The Gamecocks also have the advantage of being coached by Dawn Staley. The 52-year-old was named Naismith women's college coach of the year in 2022 and is now seen by many as the best coach in women's college basketball.
          As ever, March Madness would not be complete without a "Cinderella" upsetting the odds along the way.
          Last time around it was the Creighton Bluejays' turn to shock the world. The No. 10 seed beat the No. 2 seed Iowa in the second-round and then the third-seeded Iowa State in the Sweet 16 stage.
          Their run came to an end during the Elite Eight but the Bluejays had already made history by reaching this stage as a double-digit seed -- just the fourth team to ever do so.