1983 NCAA Division I women's basketball championship game

The 1983 NCAA Division I women's basketball championship game was the final game of the 1983 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament. It determined the champion of the 1982–83 NCAA Division I women's basketball season and was contested by the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters and the USC Trojans. The game was played on April 3, 1983, at the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Virginia. No. 1 Louisiana Tech was defeated by No. 2 USC 69–67 to capture the program's first of back-to-back NCAA national championships.[1]

NCAA Division I women's basketball championship game
National championship game
Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters USC Trojans
(31–1) (30–2)
67 69
Head coach:
Sonja Hogg and Leon Barmore
Head coach:
Linda Sharp
1st half2nd half Total
Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters 3730 67
USC Trojans 2643 69
DateApril 3, 1983
VenueNorfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia
MVPCheryl Miller, USC
RefereesPeter Stewart, Kit Robinson
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersFrank Glieber (play-by-play) and Ann Meyers (analyst)
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Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters


The Lady Techsters, who represented Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, were led by co-head coaches Sonja Hogg, in her 9th season at the school, and Leon Barmore, in his sixth season at the school (first as co-HC). After winning the inaugural NCAA tournament championship the year prior, the Lady Techsters opened the season ranked No. 2 in the AP poll. Halfway through the season, the Lady Techsters assumed the No. 1 ranking and remained in that spot for the duration of the season.

In the NCAA tournament, Louisiana Tech defeated Middle Tennessee State, Auburn, and Texas to reach the Final Four. They won 71–55 over No. 4 Old Dominion in the national semifinal[2] to reach the national championship game with a 31–1 record.

USC Trojans


The Trojans, represented the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, were led by head coach Linda Sharp in her 6th season at the school. They began the season No. 1 in the AP Poll and fell slightly to the No. 2 spot where they stayed for the final eight rankings of the season. USC and Louisiana Tech were the only two women's teams to occupy the No. 1 ranking during the season.

USC was the top seed in the West region of the NCAA tournament and defeated NE Louisiana, Arizona State, and Long Beach State to reach the Final Four. The Trojans defeated No. 8 Georgia, 81–57,[3] to move to 30–2 and set up the championship game matchup with Louisiana Tech.

Starting lineups

Louisiana Tech Position USC
Kim Mulkey G Rhonda Windham
Lori Scott G Cynthia Cooper
Debra Rodman F Pamela McGee
Janice Lawrence F Paula McGee
Jennifer White F Cheryl Miller

Game summary

April 3, 1983
No. 1 Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters 67, No. 2 USC Trojans 69
Scoring by half: 37–26, 30–43
Pts: Lawrence 20
Rebs: Rodman 11
Asts: Mulkey
Pts: Miller 27
Norfolk ScopeNorfolk, Virginia
Attendance: 7,387
Referees: Peter Stewart, Kit Robinson

Media coverage


The game was broadcast on CBS.

See also



  1. ^ "U.S.C. WOMEN TOP LA. TECH FOR TITLE". The New York Times. April 4, 1983. Retrieved April 20, 2024.
  2. ^ "Louisiana Tech, USC Gain Women's Final". The Washington Post. April 2, 1983. Retrieved April 20, 2024.
  3. ^ "LA. TECH WILL PLAY U.S.C. FOR THE TITLE". The New York Times. April 20, 1983. Retrieved March 23, 2024.