March Madness has international flair for many women’s teams

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The women’s NCAA Tournament will feature many international players. The NCAA, citing numbers provided by FIBA, says the number of players in Division I women’s basketball grew to 731 in 2022, up nearly 350% from 212 in 2012. For some teams, that has translated to growing success on the court. Washington State won the Pac-12 Tournament with nine international players on the roster. USF won the American Athletic Conference regular-season title with eight foreign players. Coach Jose Fernandez says he’s found that athletes willing to come to the U.S. from other countries tend to be more mature.