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2018–19 NCAA Division I women's basketball season

The 2018–19 NCAA Division I women's basketball season began in November 2018 and concluded with the Final Four title game at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida in April 2019. Practices officially began in September 2018.

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Season headlinesEdit

  • June 18 – Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW), which was set to begin operation on July 1 following the dissolution of Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), announced that the athletic program that it would inherit from IPFW, previously known as the Fort Wayne Mastodons, would become the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons. PFW also changed its colors from IPFW's former blue and silver scheme to the old gold and black used by its new parent institution.[1]
  • September 10 – The Northeast Conference (NEC) announced that Merrimack College would start a transition from the NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Conference and join the NEC effective July 1, 2019. The Warriors will not be eligible for the NCAA tournament until becoming a full D-I member in 2023–24.[2]
  • October 3 – Long Island University announced that it would merge its two current athletic programs—the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds, full members of the NEC, and the Division II LIU Post Pioneers—effective with the 2019–20 school year. The new program will compete under the LIU name with a new nickname and retain LIU Brooklyn's Division I and NEC memberships.[3] This change will have minimal effect on the existing LIU Brooklyn women's basketball program, as LIU has announced that the unified basketball team will be based at the Brooklyn campus.[4]
  • November 1 – The Associated Press preseason All-America team was released. The leading vote-getters were two guards, Louisville's Asia Durr and Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu, each with 29 of 31 votes. Joining them on the team were Connecticut forward Katie Lou Samuelson (28), Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale (24), and Baylor center Kalani Brown (18).[5]
  • January 11 – The Western Athletic Conference announced that Dixie State University would start a transition from Division II and join the conference in July 2020.[6]
  • February 19 – Less than 12 hours after leading Georgia to a 78–56 win over Ole Miss, Lady Bulldogs head coach Joni Taylor gave birth to a daughter. Top assistant Karen Lange was named as interim head coach for what was intended to be a maternity leave,[7] but Taylor returned to the bench for Georgia's next game on February 21.[8]
  • February 24 – Rutgers announced that head coach C. Vivian Stringer, who had missed the Scarlet Knights' game at Michigan on February 21, would take a leave for the rest of the regular season on medical advice. Stringer was initially expected to return after the Big Ten tournament, with assistant Tim Eatman serving as interim coach.[9] However, Rutgers announced on March 15 that Stringer would not return for a likely NCAA tournament run, again on medical advice. She is still expected to return for the 2019–20 season.[10]
  • February 27 – Georgia Tech placed head coach MaChelle Joseph on administrative leave, saying in a press release that it was a "pending personnel matter", named assistant Mark Simons as interim head coach, and made no further comment on the situation. The following day, Joseph's attorney charged that the Tech athletic department had taken the action as retaliation for raising Title IX concerns within the department.[11] Joseph would ultimately be fired (see "Coaching changes" section below).
  • March 26 – The Cincinnati Enquirer reported allegations that Northern Kentucky head coach Camryn Whitaker had engaged in systematic bullying and emotional abuse of players. The previous day, the team's only senior, Taryn Taugher, published an account of her experiences on the Odyssey web platform, claiming that the university knew about Whitaker's behavior but did not address it. The Enquirer received confirmation of Taugher's account in interviews with the parents of another player, plus social media posts from multiple teammates. The university told the Enquirer that it was investigating the claims, but Taugher said that she had yet to be contacted by any administrator.[12] On April 2, a former NKU player, Shar'Rae Davis, provided an Enquirer reporter with her own allegations, charging that Whitaker had used Davis' medical condition of ulcerative colitis to punish both her and other team members. In the interim, eight current Norse players published an open letter in Odyssey backing Whitaker.[13]
  • April 1 – North Carolina placed the entire women's coaching staff, including head coach Sylvia Hatchell, on paid administrative leave while an outside firm hired by the university reviews the state of the program, due to what the university called "issues raised by student-athletes and others."[14] On April 4, The Washington Post reported that among the issues were allegations that Hatchell forced several players to play through serious injuries and made a number of racially offensive remarks.[15] Hatchell would resign following the review (see "Coaching changes" section below).
  • April 6 – Sabrina Ionescu announced in The Players' Tribune that she would return for her senior season at Oregon in 2019–20. Because she turns 22 in December 2019, she had been eligible to declare for the 2019 WNBA draft.[16]

Milestones and recordsEdit

  • November 13 – Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer became the sixth college women's coach with 1,000 career wins following the Scarlet Knights' 73–44 pasting of Central Connecticut. She also became the first African-American college coach to reach the milestone.[17]
  • November 18 – Sabrina Ionescu recorded her 12th career triple-double in Oregon's 102–82 win over Buffalo.[18] Already the holder of the all-divisions NCAA women's record for career triple-doubles, Ionescu equaled the NCAA record for all players regardless of sex, previously held by former BYU men's player Kyle Collinsworth.[19]
  • December 17 and 20 – Chastadie Barrs of Lamar became the first Division I player of either sex ever to record triple-doubles in consecutive games twice in her career. First, Barrs recorded 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 steals in the Cardinals' 93–37 blowout of Division III Howard Payne.[20] She followed this with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 steals in the Cardinals' 82–66 win over Pacific.[21] Barrs had recorded consecutive triple-doubles early in the 2017–18 season.[22]
  • December 20 – Ionescu took sole possession of the aforementioned career triple-double record, recording her 13th with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists in Oregon's 82–36 win over Air Force.[23]
  • December 21 – In Oregon's next game, a 115–69 blowout of UC Irvine, Ionescu recorded her 14th triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists. This marked the second time in her career that she recorded triple-doubles in consecutive games, matching Barrs' accomplishment from the night before.[24][22] Like Barrs, Ionescu had recorded consecutive triple-doubles early in the 2017–18 season—with the second game in that streak also coming the night after the second of Barrs' corresponding streak.[22]
  • January 3 – Baylor defeated then top-ranked UConn 68–57. This was the Huskies' first regular-season loss since November 2014, and ended their NCAA-record regular-season winning streak at 126 games.[25]
  • January 9, 12, and 16 – Barrs accomplished three major triple-double milestones—becoming the first Division I player of either sex ever to record triple-doubles in consecutive games twice in a single season, the first to do so three times in a career, and the second player in any NCAA division to have recorded three consecutive triple-doubles. First, Barrs recorded 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 steals in the Cardinals' 79–59 win over New Orleans.[26] She followed this with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in the Cardinals' 57–37 win over Central Arkansas.[27] Finally, Barrs had 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists in Lamar's 94–54 pasting of Southeastern Louisiana.[28] The only other player with three straight triple-doubles was Danielle Carson of Youngstown State, who accomplished this feat in the 1985–86 season.[22]
  • January 20 – Ionescu recorded her sixth triple-double of the season with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists in Oregon's 93–60 win over Arizona.[29] This tied the all-time NCAA record for triple-doubles in a season, originally set in women's basketball by the aforementioned Danielle Carson in 1985–86 and equaled by Ionescu herself in 2017–18.[22] (In men's basketball, the aforementioned Kyle Collinsworth had the same total in both 2014–15 and 2015–16.[19])
  • February 2 – Shakyla Hill of Grambling State had 21 points, 16 rebounds, 13 assists, and 10 steals in the Tigers' 77–57 win over Arkansas–Pine Bluff, making her the first Division I player of either sex to record two quadruple-doubles in a career. Hill had previously recorded one in January 2018.[30][a]
  • February 24 – Ionescu took sole possession of the all-time NCAA record for triple-doubles in a season, recording her seventh of the season with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 13 assists in Oregon's 96–78 win over USC.[32]
  • February 27 – In Lamar's 97–49 blowout of Houston Baptist, Barrs collected 10 steals to give her the record for career steals in Division I women's basketball. She ended the game with 627, surpassing the previous record of 624 by Natalie White of Florida A&M (1991–95).[33]
  • March 3 – In the final regular-season game of her college career, California center Kristine Anigwe scored 32 points and claimed 30 rebounds in the Golden Bears' 80–58 win over Washington State. Anigwe's performance, which equaled the Pac-12 record for single-game rebounds, was the first Division I women's 30–30 game since Jennifer Butler accomplished the feat for UMass on December 28, 2002. Anigwe also joined former Oklahoma center Courtney Paris as the only women in Division I history to record 30 consecutive double-doubles.[34]
  • March 24 – In Oregon's 91–68 win over Indiana in the second round of the NCAA tournament, Ionescu became only the second player to record multiple triple-doubles in NCAA tournament play, collecting 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. Ionescu, who had a triple-double in the first round of the 2018 tournament, joined former Stanford star Nicole Powell, who had consecutive triple-doubles in 2002, as the only Division I women's players with two triple-doubles in tournament play. Ionescu extended her all-divisions NCAA records for triple-doubles to 8 in a season and 18 in a career. At the time, it was speculated that Ionescu could be playing her last home game,[35] but she ultimately announced she would return to Oregon for her senior season.[16]
Notes
  1. ^ ESPN incorrectly listed Hill as the "first player in NCAA history" to have recorded two quadruple-doubles.[30] Suzy Venet, who played at Division III Mount Union from 1994–1998, recorded two quadruple-doubles in the 1996–97 season.[31]

Conference membership changesEdit

Six schools joined new conferences for the 2018–19 season. Four schools switched between Division I conferences for the 2018–19 season. In addition, two schools moved from Division II starting this season. The former Division II schools are ineligible for NCAA-sponsored postseason play until completing their D-I transitions in 2022.

School Former Conference New Conference
Cal Baptist PacWest (D-II) WAC[36]
Hampton MEAC Big South[37]
Liberty Big South ASUN[38]
North Alabama Gulf South (D-II) ASUN[39]
North Dakota Big Sky Summit League[40]
USC Upstate ASUN Big South[41]

In addition to the schools changing conferences, the 2018–19 season was the last for Savannah State in D-I with its decision to reclassify all of its sports to D-II.[42]

Finally, one D-I member adopted a new institutional and athletic identity. The 2017–18 school year was the last for Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) as a single institution. Following the school's split into separate institutions governed by Indiana University and Purdue University, IPFW degree programs in health sciences are now overseen by Indiana University Fort Wayne, while all other degree programs are governed by Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW).[43] As noted in the "Season headlines" section, the IPFW athletic program, rebranded in 2016 as the Fort Wayne Mastodons, became the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons, representing only PFW.

ArenasEdit

New arenasEdit

Arenas reopeningEdit

Four teams returned to newly renovated arenas, all of which were closed for the 2017–18 season.

Arenas closingEdit

Temporary arenasEdit

Houston began the 2018–19 season at Texas Southern's Health and Physical Education Arena, where the Cougars played most of their 2017–18 home games. The women played three home games at Texas Southern before moving into Fertitta Center.[47]

Robert Morris planned to open the new UPMC Events Center on the site of its former on-campus Sewall Center in January 2019, but the opening has now been delayed to that summer. Until the new arena opens, the Colonials will continue to use the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, a building in the school's North Athletic Complex that opened in September 2017 as part of the UPMC Events Center project.

Season outlookEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Early season tournamentsEdit

Name Dates Location No. teams Champion
Preseason WNIT November 8–18 Campus Sites 16 Iowa State
Cancún Challenge November 22–24 Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
(Cancún, MX)
10 Syracuse (Riviera Division)

NC State (Mayan Division)

Vancouver Showcase November 22–24 Vancouver Convention Centre
(Vancouver, BC)
8 Notre Dame
Junkanoo Jam November 22–24 Gateway Christian Academy
(Bimini, Bahamas)
10 Tennessee (Junkanoo Division)

Florida State (Bimini Division)

Paradise Jam Tournament November 22–24 Sports and Fitness Center
(Saint Thomas, VI)
8 Kentucky (Island Division)

Connecticut (Reef Division)

Gulf Coast Showcase November 23–25 Hertz Arena
(Estero, FL)
8 Texas

UpsetsEdit

An upset is a victory by an underdog team. In the context of NCAA Division I Women's Basketball, this generally constitutes an unranked team defeating a team currently ranked in the Top 25. This list will highlight those upsets of ranked teams by unranked teams as well as upsets of #1 teams. Rankings are from the AP poll. Bold type indicates winning teams in "true road games"—i.e., those played on an opponent's home court (including secondary homes).

Winner Score Loser Date Tournament/Event
Northwestern 84–58 #21 Duke November 11, 2018
UCLA 80–69 #14 Georgia November 14, 2018
Green Bay 56–49 #16 Missouri November 16, 2018
Georgia Tech 63–53 #14 Georgia November 18, 2018
Iowa State 75–52 #24 Miami (FL) November 18, 2018 Preseason WNIT
Kentucky 85–63 #17 South Florida November 22, 2018 Paradise Jam Island Division
North Carolina 71–69 #17 South Florida November 23, 2018 Paradise Jam Island Division
Michigan 70–54 #21 Missouri November 23, 2018 Gulf Coast Showcase
Florida State 71–67 #12 Iowa November 24, 2018 Junkanoo Jam Bimini Division
Drake 90–85OT #13 South Carolina November 24, 2018 Vancouver Showcase
South Dakota 64–59 #24 Iowa State November 28, 2018
Purdue 74–63 #21 Miami (FL) November 29, 2018 ACC–Big Ten Women's Challenge
Lamar 74–68 #17 Texas A&M November 29, 2018
#2 UConn 89–71 #1 Notre Dame December 2, 2018 Jimmy V Classic/Rivalry
Gonzaga 79–73 #8 Stanford December 2, 2018
South Dakota State 80–71 #21 Drake December 8, 2018
Michigan State 88–82 #3 Oregon December 9, 2018
South Dakota 74–61 #22 Missouri December 15, 2018
Texas A&M 76–70 #8 Oregon State December 15, 2018 Maui Jim Maui Classic
Creighton 85–82 #19 DePaul December 29, 2018
Harvard 85–79 #14 California December 30, 2018
Arizona 51–39 #17 Arizona State December 30, 2018
Central Michigan 90–80 #24 Miami (FL) December 30, 2018 Miami Holiday Classic
Rutgers 73–65 #4 Maryland December 31, 2018
Michigan 76–60 #12 Minnesota December 31, 2018
#8 Baylor 68–57 #1 UConn January 3, 2019
Northwestern 70–62 #15 Michigan State January 3, 2019
UCLA 84–79OT #18 California January 4, 2019
Missouri 66–64 #10 Tennessee January 6, 2019
Illinois 66–62 #12 Minnesota January 6, 2019
Indiana 68–64 #15 Michigan State January 6, 2019
LSU 63–52 #21 Texas A&M January 6, 2019
Purdue 62–57 #17 Iowa January 10, 2019
Ohio State 55–50 #25 Indiana January 10, 2019
Arizona 60–55 #24 California January 11, 2019
Georgia 66–62 #13 Tennessee January 13, 2019
Ole Miss 55–49 #16 Kentucky January 13, 2019
Clemson 57–45 #22 Florida State January 13, 2019
Ohio State 65–55 #23 Michigan State January 14, 2019
Kansas State 87–69 #11 Texas January 16, 2019
West Virginia 73–64 #18 Iowa State January 16, 2019
Northwestern 75–69 #25 Indiana January 16, 2019
BYU 70–68 #13 Gonzaga January 17, 2019
Alabama 86–65 #20 Tennessee January 17, 2019
Georgia Tech 65–55 #12 Syracuse January 20, 2019
Nebraska 63–57 #23 Minnesota January 20, 2019
Seton Hall 84–73 #24 DePaul January 20, 2019
Purdue 56–53 #25 Indiana January 20, 2019 Rivalry/Crimson and Gold Cup
Miami (FL) 84–71 #13 Syracuse January 23, 2019
UCLA 61–59 #16 Arizona State January 25, 2019
North Carolina 78–73 #1 Notre Dame January 27, 2019
West Virginia 64–58 #12 Texas January 28, 2019
Loyola Marymount 61–58 #25 BYU January 31, 2019
California 81–80 #8 Stanford January 31, 2019
Michigan 90–81 #13 Iowa February 1, 2019
Pepperdine 79–65 #25 BYU February 2, 2019
North Carolina 64–51 #7 NC State February 3, 2019
Minnesota 60–46 #17 Rutgers February 3, 2019
Missouri 70–65OT #18 Texas A&M February 7, 2019
USC 84–80 #17 Utah February 8, 2019
UCLA 100–90 #17 Utah February 10, 2019
TCU 76–69 #18 Iowa State February 13, 2019
Ohio State 59–39 #23 Rutgers February 14, 2019
Clemson 73–68 #21 Florida State February 14, 2019
Wisconsin 79–62 #24 Michigan State February 14, 2019
Missouri 75–67 #5 Mississippi State February 14, 2019
St. John's 81–74 #8 Marquette February 15, 2019
BYU 66–64 #13 Gonzaga February 16, 2019
Nebraska 82–71 #24 Michigan State February 17, 2019
Kansas State 69–60 #15 Texas February 17, 2019
Virginia Tech 73–65 #14 Miami (FL) February 21, 2019
Indiana 75–73 #10 Iowa February 21, 2019
Butler 61–57 #11 Marquette February 22, 2019
California 69–60 #17 Arizona State February 22, 2019
UCLA 74–69 #2 Oregon February 22, 2019
South Dakota State 82–78OT #23 South Dakota February 24, 2019
Creighton 71–65 #13 Marquette March 1, 2019
Missouri 70–68 OT #13 Kentucky March 8, 2019 SEC Women's Tournament
Arkansas 95–89 #12 South Carolina March 8, 2019 SEC Women's Tournament
Washington 68–67 #11 Oregon State March 8, 2019 Pac-12 Women's Tournament
Arkansas 58–51 #15 Texas A&M March 9, 2019 SEC Women's Tournament
BYU 82–68 #12 Gonzaga March 12, 2019 WCC Women's Tournament
DePaul 74–73 #13 Marquette March 12, 2019 Big East Women's Tournament
Missouri State 94–79 #21 Drake March 17, 2019 MVC Women's Tournament

Conference winners and tournament winnersEdit

Each of the 32 Division I athletic conferences ends its regular season with a single-elimination tournament. The team with the best regular-season record in each conference is given the number one seed in each tournament, with tiebreakers used as needed in the case of ties for the top seeding. The winners of these tournaments receive automatic invitations to the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament.

Conference Regular
season first place
Conference
Player of the Year
Conference
Coach of the Year
Conference
tournament
Tournament
venue (city)
Tournament
winner
America East Conference Maine Blanca Millan, Maine[48] Amy Vachon, Maine[48] 2019 America East Women's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Maine
American Athletic Conference UConn Napheesa Collier, UConn[49] Geno Auriemma, UConn[49] 2019 American Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Mohegan Sun Arena
(Uncasville, CT)
UConn
Atlantic 10 Conference VCU[a]
Fordham
Nicole Cardaño Hillary, George Mason[50] Beth O'Boyle, VCU[50] 2019 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Tournament First round: Campus sites
Remainder: A. J. Palumbo Center
(Pittsburgh, PA)
Fordham
Atlantic Coast Conference Notre Dame[a]
Louisville
Asia Durr, Louisville[51] Amanda Butler, Clemson[51] 2019 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament Greensboro Coliseum
(Greensboro, NC)
Notre Dame
Atlantic Sun Conference Florida Gulf Coast Nasrin Ulel, Florida Gulf Coast[52] Karl Smesko, Florida Gulf Coast[52] 2019 Atlantic Sun Women's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Florida Gulf Coast
Big 12 Conference Baylor Bridget Carleton, Iowa State[53] Kim Mulkey, Baylor[53] 2019 Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament Chesapeake Energy Arena
(Oklahoma City, OK)
Baylor
Big East Conference Marquette Natisha Hiedeman, Marquette[54] Kurt Godlevske, Butler[54] 2019 Big East Women's Basketball Tournament Wintrust Arena
(Chicago, IL)
DePaul
Big Sky Conference Idaho Mikayla Ferenz, Idaho[55] Jon Newlee, Idaho[56] 2019 Big Sky Conference Women's Basketball Tournament CenturyLink Arena
(Boise, ID)
Portland State
Big South Conference Radford Ashley Bates, Hampton[57] Mike McGuire, Radford[57] 2019 Big South Conference Women's Basketball Tournament First round: Campus sites
Quarterfinals/semifinals: #1 seed
Final: Top surviving seed
Radford
Big Ten Conference Maryland Megan Gustafson, Iowa[58] Brenda Frese, Maryland[58] 2019 Big Ten Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(Indianapolis, IN)
Iowa
Big West Conference UC Davis Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis[59] Jennifer Gross, UC Davis[59] 2019 Big West Conference Women's Basketball Tournament First round and quarterfinals: Titan Gym
(Fullerton, CA)
Semifinals and final: Honda Center
(Anaheim, CA)
UC Davis
Colonial Athletic Association James Madison Bailey Greenberg, Drexel[60] Diane Richardson, Towson[60] 2019 CAA Women's Basketball Tournament Bob Carpenter Center
(Newark, DE)
Towson
Conference USA Rice Erica Ogwumike, Rice[61] Tina Langley, Rice[61] 2019 Conference USA Women's Basketball Tournament Ford Center
(Frisco, TX)
Rice
Horizon League Wright State Macee Williams, IUPUI[62] Katrina Merriweather, Wright State[62] 2019 Horizon League Women's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals: Campus sites
Semifinals and final: Little Caesars Arena
(Detroit, MI)
Wright State
Ivy League Princeton[a]
Penn
Bella Alarie, Princeton[63] Mike McLaughlin, Penn[63] 2019 Ivy League Women's Basketball Tournament John J. Lee Amphitheater
(New Haven, CT)
Princeton
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Quinnipiac Stella Johnson, Rider[64] Tricia Fabbri, Quinnipiac[65] 2019 MAAC Women's Basketball Tournament Times Union Center
(Albany, NY)
Quinnipiac
Mid-American Conference Central Michigan (West)[a]
Ohio (East)
Reyna Frost, Central Michigan[66] Sue Guevara, Central Michigan[66] 2019 Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball Tournament First round: Campus sites
Remainder: Quicken Loans Arena
(Cleveland, OH)
Buffalo
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North Carolina A&T NaJai Pollard, Delaware State[67] Fred Batchelor, Maryland Eastern Shore[67] 2019 MEAC Women's Basketball Tournament Norfolk Scope
(Norfolk, VA)
Bethune–Cookman
Missouri Valley Conference Drake Becca Hittner, Drake[68] Kellie Harper, Missouri State[68] 2019 Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament TaxSlayer Center
(Moline, IL)
Missouri State
Mountain West Conference Boise State Jaisa Nunn, New Mexico[69] Gordy Presnell, Boise State[69] 2019 Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Thomas & Mack Center
(Paradise, NV)
Boise State
Northeast Conference Robert Morris Jessica Kovatch, Saint Francis (PA)[70] Charlie Buscaglia, Robert Morris[70] 2019 Northeast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Robert Morris
Ohio Valley Conference Belmont Darby Maggard, Belmont[71] Kim Rosamond, Tennessee Tech[71] 2019 Ohio Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Ford Center
(Evansville, IN)
Belmont
Pac-12 Conference Oregon Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon[72][73] Kelly Graves, Oregon (coaches)[72]
Cori Close, UCLA (media)[73]
2019 Pac-12 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament MGM Grand Garden Arena
(Paradise, NV)
Stanford
Patriot League Bucknell[a]
American
Cecily Carl, American[74] Marisa Moseley, Boston University[74] 2019 Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Bucknell
Southeastern Conference Mississippi State Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State[75][76] Matthew Mitchell, Kentucky (coaches)
Vic Schaefer, Mississippi State (AP & coaches)[75][76]
2019 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament Bon Secours Wellness Arena
(Greenville, SC)
Mississippi State
Southern Conference Mercer Amanda Thompson, Mercer (coaches)
KeKe Calloway, Mercer (media)[77]
Susie Gardner, Mercer[77] 2019 Southern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament U.S. Cellular Center
(Asheville, NC)
Mercer
Southland Conference Lamar Chastadie Barrs, Lamar[78] Ravon Justice, Sam Houston State[78] 2019 Southland Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Leonard E. Merrell Center
(Katy, TX)
Abilene Christian
Southwestern Athletic Conference Southern Shakyla Hill, Grambling State[79] Carlos Funchess, Southern[79] 2019 SWAC Women's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals: Campus sites
Semifinals and final: Bill Harris Arena
(Birmingham, AL)
Southern
Summit League South Dakota State Macy Miller, South Dakota State[80] Dawn Plitzuweit, South Dakota[80] 2019 Summit League Women's Basketball Tournament Denny Sanford Premier Center
(Sioux Falls, SD)
South Dakota State
Sun Belt Conference Little Rock[a]
UT Arlington
Ronjanae DeGray, Little Rock
Cierra Johnson, UT Arlington[81]
Krista Gerlich, UT Arlington[81] 2019 Sun Belt Conference Women's Basketball Tournament First round: Campus sites
Remainder: Lakefront Arena
(New Orleans, LA)
Little Rock
West Coast Conference Gonzaga Yasmine Robinson-Bacote, Pepperdine[82] Lisa Fortier, Gonzaga[82] 2019 West Coast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Orleans Arena
(Paradise, NV)
BYU
Western Athletic Conference New Mexico State Brooke Salas, New Mexico State[83] Jarrod Olson, California Baptist[83] 2019 WAC Women's Basketball Tournament Orleans Arena
(Paradise, NV)
New Mexico State
  1. ^ a b c d e f Top seed in conference tournament.

Statistical leadersEdit

Points per game
Rebounds per game
Assists per game
Steals per game
Player School PPG Player School RPG Player School APG Player School SPG
Megan Gustafson Iowa 27.8 Kristine Anigwe California 16.2 Amy O'Neill St. Francis Brooklyn 8.6 Chastadie Barrs Lamar 6.23
Cierra Dillard Buffalo 25.2 Teaira McCowan Mississippi St. 13.5 Tiana Mangakahia Syracuse 8.4 Shakyla Hill Grambling St. 4.56
Aarion McDonald Arizona 24.1 Megan Gustafson Iowa 13.4 Sabrina Ionescu Oregon 8.2 Ashley Bates Hampton 4.31
Morgan Bertsch UC Davis 23.6 Reyna Frost Central Michigan 13.3 Shania Johnson Stony Brook 7.6 Stephanie Karcz Loyola (MD) 4.24
Kierra Anthony Louisiana Tech 23.4 Madison Hovren Army 13.1 Taja Cole Georgia 7.0 LaShonda Monk East Carolina 3.87
Blocked shots per game
Field goal percentage
Three-point field goal percentage
Free throw percentage
Player School BPG Player School FG% Player School 3FG% Player School FT%
Nancy Mulkey Rice 3.92 Megan Gustafson Iowa .696 Marta Gomez Wyoming .474 Presley Hudson Central Michigan .944
Channon Fluker Cal St. Northridge 3.61 Ruthy Hebard Oregon .670 Taylor Robertson Oklahoma .467 Rebekah Hand Marist .941
Eleah Parker Penn 3.19 Mary Gedaka Villanova .663 Dara Mabrey Virginia Tech .462 Savannah Smith Northern Colorado .928
Ae'Rianna Harris Purdue 3.06 Teaira McCowan Mississippi St. .662 Taylor Kissinger Nebraska .456 Marta Gomez Wyoming .927
Kayla Cooper-Williams James Madison 2.88 Brianna Turner Notre Dame .640 Maci Morris Kentucky .452 Japreece Dean UCLA .922

PostseasonEdit

NCAA TournamentEdit

Tournament upsetsEdit

For this list, an "upset" is defined as a win by a team seeded 7 or more spots below its defeated opponent.

Date Winner Score Loser Region Round
March 25 Missouri State (11) 69–60 Iowa State (3) Chicago Round of 32

Final Four – Amalie Arena, Tampa, FLEdit

Women's NITEdit

Women's Basketball InvitationalEdit

Conference standingsEdit

2018–19 American Athletic Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 2 UConn 16 0   1.000     35 3   .921
UCF 13 3   .813     26 7   .788
Cincinnati 12 4   .750     24 11   .686
Houston 9 7   .563     15 16   .484
South Florida 7 9   .438     19 16   .543
Temple 7 9   .438     11 18   .379
East Carolina 6 10   .375     16 15   .516
Tulsa 6 10   .375     13 18   .419
Tulane 5 11   .313     15 16   .484
Wichita State 5 11   .313     12 18   .400
SMU 5 11   .313     11 19   .367
Memphis 5 11   .313     11 20   .355
2019 AAC Tournament winner
As of March 17, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 America East Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Maine 15 1   .938     25 8   .758
Hartford 14 2   .875     23 11   .676
Stony Brook 11 5   .688     23 8   .742
Albany 9 7   .563     13 18   .419
Binghamton 7 9   .438     12 18   .400
Vermont 7 9   .438     11 18   .379
UMBC 3 13   .188     10 20   .333
UMass Lowell 3 13   .188     7 22   .241
New Hampshire 3 13   .188     6 24   .200
2019 America East Tournament winner
2018–19 Atlantic 10 women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Fordham 13 3   .813     25 9   .735
VCU 13 3   .813     24 10   .706
Duquesne 11 5   .688     19 13   .594
Dayton 10 6   .625     17 14   .548
Davidson 10 6   .625     17 15   .531
Saint Louis 9 7   .563     15 16   .484
George Mason 8 8   .500     16 14   .533
Massachusetts 7 9   .438     16 16   .500
Saint Joseph's 7 9   .438     12 19   .387
George Washington 7 9   .438     10 20   .333
Richmond 6 10   .375     9 21   .300
St. Bonaventure 5 11   .313     8 22   .267
La Salle 3 13   .188     6 25   .194
Rhode Island 3 13   .188     8 21   .276
2019 A10 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Atlantic Sun women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Florida Gulf Coast 16 0   1.000     28 5   .848
Stetson 11 5   .688     16 16   .500
North Alabama 10 6   .625     21 9   .700
Liberty 10 6   .625     16 16   .500
North Florida 9 7   .563     15 14   .517
Jacksonville 7 9   .438     14 16   .467
Kennesaw State 4 12   .250     9 22   .290
NJIT 3 13   .188     6 24   .200
Lipscomb 2 14   .125     4 25   .138
2019 ASUN Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 ACC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 3 Notre Dame 14 2   .875     35 4   .897
No. 5 Louisville 14 2   .875     32 4   .889
No. 10 NC State 12 4   .750     28 6   .824
No. 19 Miami (FL) 12 4   .750     25 9   .735
No. 12 Syracuse 11 5   .688     25 9   .735
No. 25 Florida State 10 6   .625     24 9   .727
Clemson 9 7   .563     20 13   .606
North Carolina 8 8   .500     18 15   .545
Georgia Tech 7 9   .438     17 13   .567
Virginia Tech 6 10   .375     22 12   .647
Duke 6 10   .375     15 15   .500
Virginia 5 11   .313     12 19   .387
Boston College 3 13   .188     14 16   .467
Pittsburgh 2 14   .125     11 20   .355
Wake Forest 1 15   .063     10 20   .333
2019 ACC Tournament winner
As of March 7, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Big East Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 18 Marquette 15 3   .833     27 8   .771
No. 24 DePaul 14 4   .778     26 8   .765
Butler 11 7   .611     23 10   .697
Villanova 9 9   .500     19 13   .594
Georgetown 9 9   .500     19 15   .559
Providence 8 10   .444     19 16   .543
Creighton 8 10   .444     15 16   .484
Seton Hall 7 11   .389     15 16   .484
St. John's 7 11   .389     15 16   .484
Xavier 2 16   .111     11 19   .367
2019 Big East Tournament winner
As of March 12, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Big Sky women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Idaho 16 4   .800     22 12   .647
Northern Colorado 15 5   .750     21 11   .656
Idaho State 15 5   .750     20 11   .645
Portland State 14 6   .700     25 8   .758
Montana State 11 9   .550     16 15   .516
Eastern Washington 9 11   .450     13 20   .394
Montana 9 11   .450     14 16   .467
Northern Arizona 8 12   .400     13 18   .419
Sacramento State 6 14   .300     10 19   .345
Southern Utah 4 16   .200     8 23   .258
Weber State 3 17   .150     6 25   .194
2019 Big Sky Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Big South women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Radford 17 1   .944     26 6   .813
High Point 15 3   .833     22 8   .733
Hampton 12 6   .667     16 14   .533
UNC Asheville 11 7   .611     17 13   .567
Campbell 10 8   .556     20 12   .625
Gardner-Webb 10 8   .556     16 15   .516
Charleston Southern 9 9   .500     14 17   .452
Winthrop 6 12   .333     10 20   .333
Presbyterian 4 14   .222     7 24   .226
USC Upstate 3 15   .167     7 23   .233
Longwood 2 16   .111     3 26   .103
2019 Big South Tournament winner
As of March 14, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Big Ten women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 9 Maryland 15 3   .833     29 5   .853
No. 8 Iowa 14 4   .778     29 7   .806
Rutgers 13 5   .722     22 10   .688
Michigan 11 7   .611     22 12   .647
Ohio State 10 8   .556     14 15   .483
Minnesota 9 9   .500     21 11   .656
Michigan State 9 9   .500     21 12   .636
Northwestern 9 9   .500     21 15   .583
Nebraska 9 9   .500     14 16   .467
Indiana 8 10   .444     21 13   .618
Purdue 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Penn State 5 13   .278     12 18   .400
Wisconsin 4 14   .222     15 18   .455
Illinois 2 16   .111     10 20   .333
2019 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Big West women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UC Davis 15 1   .938     25 7   .781
UC Riverside 10 6   .625     17 15   .531
Cal State Northridge 10 6   .625     16 15   .516
Hawai'i 10 6   .625     15 16   .484
UC Irvine 8 8   .500     20 11   .645
Cal State Fullerton 6 10   .375     14 16   .467
Long Beach State 5 11   .313     9 22   .290
UC Santa Barbara 5 11   .313     8 22   .267
Cal Poly 3 13   .188     6 21   .222
2019 Big West Tournament winner
As of March 17, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Big 12 Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 1 Baylor 18 0   1.000     37 1   .974
No. 13 Iowa State 13 5   .722     26 8   .765
No. 23 Texas 12 6   .667     23 10   .697
West Virginia 11 7   .611     22 11   .667
Kansas State 11 7   .611     21 12   .636
TCU 10 8   .556     24 11   .686
Oklahoma State 5 13   .278     14 16   .467
Texas Tech 4 14   .222     14 17   .452
Oklahoma 4 14   .222     8 22   .267
Kansas 2 16   .111     13 18   .419
2019 Big 12 Conference Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 CAA women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
James Madison 17 1   .944     29 6   .829
Drexel 14 4   .778     24 9   .727
Towson 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
Delaware 11 7   .611     16 15   .516
UNC Wilmington 11 7   .611     18 12   .600
Northeastern 9 9   .500     20 12   .625
William & Mary 7 11   .389     14 17   .452
Elon 4 14   .222     9 21   .300
Hofstra 3 15   .167     11 22   .333
Charleston 3 15   .167     7 23   .233
2019 CAA Tournament winner
As of March 31, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Conference USA women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 21 Rice 16 0   1.000     28 4   .875
UAB 12 4   .750     26 7   .788
Middle Tennessee 11 5   .688     23 11   .676
Western Kentucky 11 5   .688     20 15   .571
Old Dominion 10 6   .625     21 11   .656
Marshall 10 6   .625     17 15   .531
Charlotte 9 7   .563     18 14   .563
Southern Miss 9 7   .563     18 14   .563
North Texas 7 9   .438     18 16   .529
Louisiana Tech 6 10   .375     14 16   .467
UTEP 5 11   .313     9 22   .290
UTSA 2 14   .125     7 21   .250
FIU 2 14   .125     5 24   .172
Florida Atlantic 2 14   .125     5 25   .167
2019 C-USA Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Horizon League women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Wright State 16 2   .889     27 7   .794
Green Bay 15 3   .833     22 10   .688
Youngstown State 13 5   .722     22 10   .688
IUPUI 13 5   .722     20 12   .625
Milwaukee 10 8   .556     15 15   .500
Northern Kentucky 10 8   .556     11 18   .379
Cleveland State 7 11   .389     10 19   .345
Oakland 3 15   .167     6 24   .200
Detroit Mercy 2 16   .111     4 25   .138
UIC 1 17   .056     3 26   .103
2019 Horizon League Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Ivy League women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Penn 12 2   .857     24 6   .800
Princeton *† 12 2   .857     22 10   .688
Harvard 9 5   .643     17 12   .586
Yale 6 8   .429     16 13   .552
Dartmouth 6 8   .429     13 14   .481
Cornell 6 8   .429     12 14   .462
Columbia 4 10   .286     8 19   .296
Brown 1 13   .071     9 21   .300
2019 Ivy League Tournament winner
*Tournament #1 seed
As of March 23, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Mid-American Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Ohio 14 4   .778     30 6   .833
Miami (OH) 13 5   .722     23 9   .719
Buffalo 12 6   .667     24 10   .706
Kent State 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
Akron 7 11   .389     16 15   .516
Bowling Green 2 16   .111     9 21   .300
West
Central Michigan 15 3   .833     25 8   .758
Toledo 11 7   .611     21 12   .636
Northern Illinois 10 8   .556     19 13   .594
Eastern Michigan 6 12   .333     14 17   .452
Western Michigan 4 14   .222     10 20   .333
Ball State 3 15   .167     8 23   .258
2019 MAC Tournament winner
2018–19 MAAC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Quinnipiac † 18 0   1.000     26 7   .788
Rider 14 4   .778     19 13   .594
Marist 13 5   .722     23 10   .697
Monmouth 9 9   .500     14 17   .452
Canisius 9 9   .500     11 19   .367
Manhattan 9 9   .500     12 19   .387
Siena 8 10   .444     12 18   .400
Niagara 8 10   .444     12 19   .387
Fairfield 7 11   .389     11 20   .355
Iona 3 15   .167     5 26   .161
Saint Peter's 1 17   .056     6 24   .200
2019 MAAC Tournament winner
As of March 23, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 MEAC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
North Carolina A&T 16 0   1.000     20 12   .625
Maryland-Eastern Shore 12 4   .750     17 14   .548
Bethune–Cookman 11 5   .688     21 11   .656
Howard 10 6   .625     18 13   .581
Norfolk State 10 6   .625     17 15   .531
South Carolina State 8 8   .500     16 16   .500
Morgan State 8 8   .500     10 21   .323
North Carolina Central 5 11   .313     9 22   .290
Savannah State 5 11   .313     7 19   .269
Delaware State 5 11   .313     7 21   .250
Coppin State 4 12   .250     5 25   .167
Florida A&M 2 14   .125     4 25   .138
2019 MEAC Tournament winner
As of March 17, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Drake 17 1   .944     27 7   .794
Missouri State 16 2   .889     25 10   .714
Northern Iowa 12 6   .667     20 13   .606
Illinois State 11 7   .611     19 12   .613
Bradley 10 8   .556     20 10   .667
Southern Illinois 8 10   .444     15 15   .500
Loyola–Chicago 6 12   .333     13 18   .419
Indiana State 5 13   .278     11 19   .367
Valparaiso 3 15   .167     8 24   .250
Evansville 2 16   .111     4 26   .133
2019 MVC Tournament winner
As of March 30, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Mountain West Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Boise State 16 2   .889     28 5   .848
New Mexico 14 4   .778     24 7   .774
Wyoming 13 5   .722     25 9   .735
Fresno State 11 7   .611     19 13   .594
Utah State 10 8   .556     17 15   .531
UNLV 10 8   .556     12 18   .400
Nevada 7 11   .389     12 19   .387
San Diego State 7 11   .389     14 18   .438
San Jose State 5 13   .278     6 24   .200
Air Force 4 14   .222     8 22   .267
Colorado State 2 16   .111     8 22   .267
2019 MW Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Northeast Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Robert Morris 16 2   .889     22 11   .667
Sacred Heart 14 4   .778     19 13   .594
St. Francis Brooklyn 12 6   .667     18 13   .581
Saint Francis (PA) 11 7   .611     16 17   .485
Bryant 9 9   .500     11 19   .367
Mount St. Mary's 8 10   .444     15 16   .484
Wagner 8 10   .444     10 20   .333
Fairleigh Dickinson 5 13   .278     8 22   .267
Central Connecticut 4 14   .222     7 21   .250
LIU Brooklyn 3 15   .167     4 25   .138
2019 NEC Tournament winner
As of March 16, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Ohio Valley Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Belmont 16 2   .889     26 7   .788
UT Martin 13 5   .722     23 9   .719
Morehead State 13 5   .722     24 11   .686
Tennessee Tech 12 6   .667     22 11   .667
Austin Peay 10 8   .556     15 15   .500
Jacksonville State 9 9   .500     15 15   .500
Murray State 9 9   .500     13 17   .433
SIU Edwardsville 8 10   .444     13 16   .448
Southeast Missouri State 8 10   .444     13 17   .433
Eastern Illinois 5 13   .278     11 18   .379
Tennessee State 5 13   .278     5 25   .167
Eastern Kentucky 0 18   .000     2 27   .069
2019 OVC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Pac-12 Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 7 Oregon 16 2   .889     33 5   .868
No. 6 Stanford 15 3   .833     31 5   .861
No. 11 Oregon State 14 4   .778     26 8   .765
No. 20 UCLA 12 6   .667     22 13   .629
No. 22 Arizona State 10 7   .588     22 11   .667
Utah 9 9   .500     20 10   .667
California 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Arizona 7 11   .389     24 13   .649
USC 7 11   .389     17 13   .567
Washington State 4 14   .222     9 21   .300
Washington 2 15   .118     11 21   .344
Colorado 2 16   .111     12 18   .400
2019 Pac-12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Patriot League women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Bucknell 16 2   .889     28 5   .848
American 16 2   .889     22 11   .667
Lehigh 12 6   .667     21 10   .677
Boston University 11 7   .611     15 14   .517
Holy Cross 9 9   .500     18 13   .581
Colgate 8 10   .444     12 17   .414
Army 6 12   .333     11 19   .367
Navy 5 13   .278     10 19   .345
Loyola (MD) 5 13   .278     7 24   .226
Lafayette 2 16   .111     8 23   .258
2019 Patriot League Tournament winner
As of March 22, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Southern Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Mercer 14 0   1.000     25 8   .758
Furman 9 5   .643     19 14   .576
Chattanooga 8 6   .571     14 17   .452
East Tennessee State 8 6   .571     10 21   .323
Wofford 7 7   .500     16 15   .516
UNC Greensboro 5 9   .357     11 19   .367
Samford 5 9   .357     10 20   .333
Western Carolina 0 14   .000     4 26   .133
2019 SoCon Tournament winner
As of June 16, 2019; 
2018–19 Southland Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Lamar 17 1   .944     24 7   .774
Stephen F. Austin 16 2   .889     25 7   .781
Nicholls 14 4   .778     20 12   .625
Abilene Christian 13 5   .722     23 10   .697
Sam Houston State 11 7   .611     16 13   .552
Texas A&M-CC 8 10   .444     17 16   .515
New Orleans 8 10   .444     12 16   .429
Central Arkansas 6 12   .333     12 18   .400
Northwestern State 6 12   .333     11 18   .379
McNeese State 5 13   .278     7 22   .241
Incarnate Word 5 13   .278     5 24   .172
Houston Baptist 4 14   .222     9 19   .321
Southeastern Louisiana 4 14   .222     9 20   .310
2019 Southland Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 SEC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 4 Mississippi State 15 1   .938     33 3   .917
No. 15 South Carolina 13 3   .813     23 9   .719
No. 14 Texas A&M 12 4   .750     26 7   .788
No. 17 Kentucky 11 5   .688     25 8   .758
Missouri 10 6   .625     24 11   .686
Auburn 9 7   .563     22 10   .688
Georgia 9 7   .563     18 12   .600
Tennessee 7 9   .438     19 13   .594
LSU 7 9   .438     16 13   .552
Arkansas 6 10   .375     22 15   .595
Alabama 5 11   .313     14 17   .452
Ole Miss 3 13   .188     9 22   .290
Florida 3 13   .188     8 23   .258
Vanderbilt 2 14   .125     7 23   .233
2019 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 SWAC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Southern 14 4   .778     20 13   .606
Prairie View A&M 13 5   .722     17 14   .548
Jackson State 12 6   .667     18 14   .563
Grambling State 12 6   .667     16 16   .500
Texas Southern 11 7   .611     15 15   .500
Alabama State 10 8   .556     11 19   .367
Alabama A&M 8 10   .444     13 17   .433
Mississippi Valley State 5 13   .278     6 24   .200
Alcorn State 3 15   .167     4 26   .133
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2 16   .111     5 20   .200
2019 SWAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Sun Belt Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Texas–Arlington 15 3   .833     24 8   .750
Little Rock*† 15 3   .833     21 11   .656
Troy 13 5   .722     22 9   .710
Georgia State 11 7   .611     17 14   .548
Appalachian State 10 8   .556     22 14   .611
South Alabama 9 9   .500     25 11   .694
Texas State 9 9   .500     14 17   .452
Coastal Carolina 8 10   .444     17 15   .531
Arkansas State 7 11   .389     12 18   .400
Louisiana 5 13   .278     7 23   .233
Louisiana–Monroe 4 14   .222     10 19   .345
Georgia Southern 2 16   .111     7 22   .241
2019 Sun Belt Tournament winner
*Tournament #1 seed
As of April 3, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Summit League women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
South Dakota State † 15 1   .938     28 7   .800
South Dakota 14 2   .875     28 6   .824
Oral Roberts 10 6   .625     18 13   .581
Denver 10 6   .625     18 14   .563
Western Illinois 8 8   .500     12 18   .400
North Dakota 6 10   .375     12 19   .387
North Dakota State 4 12   .250     7 22   .241
Purdue Fort Wayne 3 13   .188     7 22   .241
Omaha 2 14   .125     8 21   .276
2019 Summit League Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 West Coast Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 16 Gonzaga 16 2   .889     29 5   .853
BYU 15 3   .833     26 7   .788
Pepperdine 12 6   .667     22 12   .647
Saint Mary's 12 6   .667     21 12   .636
Pacific 10 8   .556     19 13   .594
Loyola Marymount 10 8   .556     18 15   .545
Santa Clara 6 12   .333     14 17   .452
Portland 5 13   .278     13 17   .433
San Diego 2 16   .111     9 21   .300
San Francisco 2 16   .111     7 24   .226
2019 WCC Tournament winner
As of March 23, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 WAC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
New Mexico State 15 1   .938     26 7   .788
California Baptist* 11 5   .688     18 12   .600
UT Rio Grande Valley 10 6   .625     18 15   .545
UMKC 9 7   .563     16 15   .516
CSU Bakersfield 9 7   .563     14 17   .452
Utah Valley 8 8   .500     14 16   .467
Grand Canyon 5 11   .313     7 20   .259
Seattle 3 13   .188     3 27   .100
Chicago State 2 14   .125     2 28   .067
2019 WAC Tournament winner
As of March 23, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
*California Baptist ineligible for WAC Tournament as part of reclassification from Division II

Award winnersEdit

All-America teamsEdit

The NCAA has never recognized a consensus All-America team in women's basketball. This differs from the practice in men's basketball, in which the NCAA uses a combination of selections by the Associated Press (AP), the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Sporting News, and the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) to determine a consensus All-America team. The selection of a consensus team is possible because all four organizations select at least a first and second team, with only the USBWA not selecting a third team.

Before the 2017–18 season, it was impossible for a consensus women's All-America team to be determined because the AP had been the only body that divided its women's selections into separate teams. The USBWA first named separate teams in 2017–18. The women's counterpart to the NABC, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), continues the USBWA's former practice of selecting a single 10-member (plus ties) team. The NCAA does not recognize Sporting News as an All-America selector in women's basketball.

Major player of the year awardsEdit

Major freshman of the year awardsEdit

Major coach of the year awardsEdit

Other major awardsEdit

Coaching changesEdit

Several teams changed coaches during and after the season.

Team Former
coach
Interim
coach
New
coach
Reason
Arkansas–Pine Bluff Nate Kilbert Danny Evans Dawn Brown Kilbert was relieved of his head coaching duties on January 15 after 6½ seasons at UAPB. Assistant coach Evans was named interim head coach of the Lady Lions for the rest of the season.[99] The school hired Jacksonville asst. coach Dawn Brown as head coach on May 20.[100]
Arkansas State Brian Boyer Matt Daniel Arkansas State parted ways with Boyer on March 13 after 20 seasons, in which the Red Wolves went 333–287 overall.[101] On March 29, the school hired former Central Arkansas/Marshall head coach Daniel for the job.[102]
Bucknell Aaron Roussell Trevor Woodruff Roussell left Bucknell on April 3 after 7 seasons for the Richmond head coaching job.[103] The school went to the Division III ranks for its new hire, naming Scranton's Trevor Woodruff as their new coach on April 26.[104]
California Lindsay Gottlieb Gottlieb left Cal on June 12 to become an assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the first women's college head coach ever to join an NBA staff.[105]
Charleston Candice M. Jackson Robin Harmony Jackson's contract was not renewed on March 14, ending her 5-year tenure at Charleston with a 39–103 overall record.[106] The Cougars hired Lamar head coach Harmony for the same position on April 19.[107]
East Carolina Chad Killinger Nicole Mealing Kim McNeill Killinger, who had been named interim head coach after the resignation of Heather Macy in October 2018, himself resigned 11 games into the season, citing health reasons. His top assistant Mealing was then named interim head coach of the Pirates for the remainder of the 2018–19 season.[108] On March 28, ECU hired Hartford head coach McNeill.[109]
Eastern Kentucky Chrissy Roberts Samantha Williams Eastern Kentucky announced on March 3 that Roberts will not be retained as head coach for next season. The Colonels went 122-194 overall during Roberts' 11-season tenure at her alma mater, including going winless in Ohio Valley Conference play this season.[110] Louisville assistant coach Williams was hired by the school as their new head coach on March 27.[111]
Fairleigh Dickinson Peter Cinella Angelika Szumilo Fairleigh Dickinson parted ways with Cinella on March 25 after 12 seasons and a 126–234 overall record.[112] The Knights hired Fordham associate head coach Szumilo for the job on April 26.[113]
Florida A&M LeDawn Gibson Kevin Lynum Gibson was fired on February 12 after 9½ seasons at Florida A&M. At the time of her firing, the Rattlers were 3-20 overall and 1-10 in MEAC conference play. Assistant coach Lynum served as the interim head coach for the rest of the season.[114]
Georgia Southern Kip Drown Anita Howard Drown's contract with Georgia Southern was not renewed on March 10, ending his 4-year tenure with the team. The Eagles went 32–86 overall, including a last place finish in conference play this season.[115] On March 27, the school hired Howard from Division II Columbus State University for the head coaching position.[116]
Georgia Tech MaChelle Joseph Nell Fortner Less than a month after being placed on leave for a personnel matter, Georgia Tech fired Joseph on March 26 after 16 seasons.[117] On April 9, Tech hired coaching veteran and ESPN analyst Fortner, whose most recent coaching job had been an 8-season stint at Auburn.[118]
Hartford Kim McNeill Morgan Valley McNeill left Hartord on March 28 after 3 seasons to take the East Carolina head coaching position.[109] The Hawks hired Arizona asst. Morgan Valley as her replacement on April 17.[119]
High Point DeUnna Hendrix Chelsea Banbury Hendrix left High Point on April 23 after 7 seasons for the head coaching job at Miami (Ohio).[120] Florida Gulf Coast asst. Chelsea Banbury was hired as her replacement on May 31.
Hofstra Krista Kilburn-Steveskey Danielle Santos Atkinson Kilburn-Steveskey announced her resignation from Hofstra on March 26 after 13 seasons, leaving as the program's winningest head coach with 211 wins.[121] The school hired Pittsburgh asst. coach Danielle Santos Atkinson as her replacement on April 15.[122]
Holy Cross Bill Gibbons Ann McInerney Gibbons, who had been suspended by Holy Cross since January 31 after an internal investigation into a personnel matter, was fired on March 28 after 34 seasons at the school. Assistant coach McInerney, who served as the interim head coach of the Crusaders at the time of Gibbons' suspension, will remain in that role for the 2019-20 season.[123]
Incarnate Word Christy Smith Jeff Dow Smith's contract was not renewed on March 10, ending her 3-year tenure at Incarnate Word.[124] Former UL Monroe coach Jeff Dow was hired as her replacement on April 1.[125]
Lamar Robin Harmony Aqua Franklin Harmony left Lamar on April 19 after 6 seasons for the head coaching job at the College of Charleston.[107] Kansas asst. coach Aqua Franklin was named her replacement on May 1.[126]
Lipscomb Greg Brown Lauren Sumski Brown was fired on March 8 after 7 seasons at his alma mater, in which the Bisons went 44–164 overall.[127] The school went to the Division III ranks for its new hire, naming Rhodes College head coach Sumski for the job on April 22, making her the first female head coach in the program's history.[128]
LIU Stephanie Del Preore Rene Haynes Del Preore was fired on March 20 after 4 seasons at LIU Brooklyn.[129] On April 23, Duke assistant Haynes was named as the first head coach of the unified LIU women's team.[130]
Louisiana–Monroe Jeff Dow Brooks Donald-Williams Dow announced on February 13 that he will not return next season, ending his 5-year tenure at ULM.[131] On April 9, the Warhawks hired Alabama assistant and former McNeese State coach Brooks Donald-Williams for the job.[132]
Marquette Carolyn Kieger Megan Duffy Kieger left her alma mater on April 3 after five seasons, the last three of which ended in NCAA tournament appearances, for the Penn State opening.[133] On April 10, the Golden Eagles hired Miami-Ohio head coach Duffy for the same position.[134]
Miami (OH) Megan Duffy DeUnna Hendrix Duffy left Miami on April 10 after 2 seasons for the head coaching job at Marquette.[134] The RedHawks hired High Point head coach Hendrix for the job on April 23.[120]
Missouri State Kellie Harper Amaka Agugua-Hamilton Harper left Missouri State on April 8 after 6 seasons to accept the head coaching job at her alma mater, Tennessee.[135] The school hired Michigan State asst. Agugua-Hamilton as her replacement on April 17, making her the first black female head coach for any sport at Missouri State.[136]
North Carolina Sylvia Hatchell Courtney Banghart Hatchell resigned on April 18 after an external review confirmed reports that she had made racially insensitive comments and mismanaged players' medical issues. Hatchell, the only coach with national titles in the AIAW, NAIA, and NCAA, left Chapel Hill with 1,023 wins overall and 751 in 33 seasons with the Tar Heels, including the 1994 NCAA title.[137] The school tabbed Princeton's Courtney Banghart as their new head coach on April 29, officially announcing her the next day.[138]
North Dakota State Maren Walseth Jory Collins Walseth and NDSU mutually agreed to part ways on March 11 after 5 seasons. The Bison went 40–106 overall in Walseth's tenure.[139]Kansas asst. coach Jory Collins was hired as her replacement on April 29.[140]
Penn State Coquese Washington Carolyn Kieger Washington and Penn State mutually agreed to part ways on March 9 after 12 seasons. The Lady Lions went 209–169 during Washington's tenure, but this season, in which they went 12–18 overall and 5–13 in conference play, was the 5th consecutive season in which the team did not make the NCAA Tournament.[141] Penn State hired Kieger away from Marquette on April 3, with a formal announcement on April 5.[133]
Portland Cheryl Sorensen Michael Meek Portland parted ways with Sorensen on March 12 after 5 seasons and an overall record of 33–117.[142] The Pilots went to the Division III ranks for its new hire, naming George Fox head coach Michael Meek as the new coach on March 27.[143]
Princeton Courtney Banghart Carla Berube Banghart left after 12 seasons to accept the North Carolina job on April 29.[138] Carla Berube, the head coach at NCAA Division III's Tufts University, was hired as her replacement on May 30.
Rhode Island Daynia La-Force Tammi Reiss Rhode Island fired La-Force on March 12 after 5 seasons, in which the Rams went 46–102 overall.[144] The school hired Syracuse asst. coach Tammi Reiss as her replacement on April 18.[145]
Richmond Michael Shafer Aaron Roussell Richmond announced on March 10 that Shafer will not return next season, ending his 14-year tenure at Richmond. Shafer leaves as the all-time winningest coach of the program with 223 wins, but never led the Spiders to the NCAA tournament during his tenure.[146] Bucknell head coach Roussell was hired as Richmond's newest head coach on April 3.[103]
St. Francis (PA) Joe Haigh Susan Robinson Fruchtl Keila Whittington Haigh, who had been on a leave of absence since November 13, announced his resignation on February 1 after 6½ seasons at St. Francis. Robinson-Fruchtl, the school's athletic director and former head coach of the Red Flash from 2007-2012, served as interim head coach during Haigh's initial leave, and continued in that role for the rest of the season following his resignation.[147] the school hired Marist asst. Keila Whittington as their new coach on April 24, 2019.[148]
Samford Mike Morris Carley Kuhns Morris announced his retirement on March 18 after 25 seasons on the Samford coaching staff and 17 as head coach, leaving as the program's winningest coach with 279 wins.[149] The Bulldogs went to the Division II ranks for their next hire, naming Valdosta State head coach Kuhns as their new head coach on April 10.[150]
Tennessee Holly Warlick Kellie Harper Warlick was fired on March 27 after 34 seasons at her alma mater—27 as an assistant under Pat Summitt and 7 as head coach. Despite a 172–67 overall record under Warlick, the Lady Vols failed to make the Sweet Sixteen in any of her last three seasons, and finished 7–9 in SEC play this season, their first sub-.500 finish ever in the conference.[151] Missouri State's Kellie Harper, who was a point guard during Tennessee's 3-peat from 1996 to 1998, was hired as her replacement on April 8.[135]
Texas Southern Johnetta Hayes Cynthia Cooper-Dyke Hayes left Texas Southern on April 26 after 6 seasons to accept the head coaching job at UMBC.[152] Hall of Famer Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who coached the Lady Tigers during the 2012-13 season, was hired as her replacement on April 30.[153]
UMBC Phil Stern Carlee Casidee-Dewey Johnetta Hayes Stern, who had been on administrative leave since December 13, announced his resignation from UMBC on February 22 after 16½ seasons. Assistant coach Casidee-Dewey, who served as interim head coach of the Retrievers during Stern's leave, continued in that role for the rest of the season.[154] After the season, the school hired Texas Southern's Johnetta Hayes as his replacement on April 26.[155]
Western Carolina Stephanie McCormick Heather Kearney Western Carolina parted ways with McCormick on March 28 after 4 seasons. Under McCormick, the Catamounts went 23–94 overall, including going winless in conference play this season.[156] After a near 2 month search, the school hired High Point asst. Heather Kearney as head coach on May 16th.
Wyoming Joe Legerski Gerald Mattinson The 61-year-old Legerski retired on April 24 after 16 seasons at Wyoming, leaving as the Cowgirls' winningest coach with 314 wins.[157] Wyoming's top assistant Mattinson was named the new head coach on May 7.[158]
Xavier Brian Neal Melanie Moore Neal announced on March 10 that he was stepping down as Xavier head coach after 6 seasons, in which the Musketeers went 76–108 overall and 28–80 in Big East play.[159] On April 5, Michigan associate head coach Moore was named the new Xavier head coach.[160]

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