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AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament

The AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament was a national tournament for women's collegiate basketball teams in the United States, held annually from 1972 to 1982.[1][2] The winners of the AIAW tournaments from 1972 to 1981 are recognized as the national champions for those years.[3][4][5][6]

AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament
FormerlyCIAW Tournament
SportBasketball
Founded1972
Ceased1982
Replaced byNCAA Tournament
No. of teams16 / 24
Country United States
Most titlesImmaculata, Delta State (3 each)
TV partner(s)NBC (championship game)

The AIAW tournament was discontinued after the NCAA began sponsoring a women's collegiate basketball tournament in 1982. (In 1982, both the AIAW and NCAA sponsored competing tournaments.) The AIAW tournament was preceded by a tournament sponsored by the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (CIAW), which was held from 1969 to 1971.[1]

Sixteen teams were invited to the tournament following qualifying rounds played on college campuses (except 24 teams were invited for the 1980 and 1981 tournaments). Ten of the sixteen teams were the winners of regional tournaments. The country had nine regions, but the Eastern regional was subdivided in a Region 1A and a Region 1B. The winners of those regional championships automatically proceeded to the National tournament, then a selection committee chose additional teams based upon considerations for individual team performance and geographical balance.[7] Beginning in 1975, the AIAW divided its teams into divisions, and held separate tournaments for Division II and Division III teams.

Women's AIAW Division I basketball championsEdit

Year Winner Score Opponent Venue
1972 Immaculata 52–48 West Chester State Normal, Illinois
1973 Immaculata 59–52 Queens College Flushing, New York
1974 Immaculata 68–53 Mississippi College Manhattan, Kansas
1975 Delta State 90–81 Immaculata Harrisonburg, Virginia
1976 Delta State 69–64 Immaculata State College, Pennsylvania
1977 Delta State 68–55 LSU Minneapolis, Minnesota
1978 UCLA 90–74 Maryland Los Angeles, California
1979 Old Dominion 75–65 Louisiana Tech Greensboro, North Carolina
1980 Old Dominion 68–53 Tennessee Mount Pleasant, Michigan
1981 Louisiana Tech 79–59 Tennessee Eugene, Oregon
1982 Rutgers 83–77 Texas Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

AIAW semifinals by schoolEdit

School Number
Immaculata 6
Tennessee 4
Delta State, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion, S. Connecticut St., Wayland Baptist 3
Cal State Fullerton, UCLA, William Penn 2
Indiana, LSU, Maryland, Mississippi College, Mississippi St. College for Women, Montclair State, Queens College,

Rutgers, South Carolina, Southern California, Texas, Villanova, West Chester State

1

1972 tournamentEdit

The first AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament was held on March 16–19, 1972. The host site was Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Sixteen teams participated. Immaculata University, coached by Hall-of-Famer Cathy Rush, was crowned national champion at the conclusion of the tournament.[1][8][9][10]

Main bracketEdit

 
First Round*
March 16, 1972
Quarterfinals
March 17, 1972
Semifinals
March 18, 1972
Final
March 19, 1972
 
              
 
 
 
 
Immaculata60
 
 
 
South Dakota State47
 
Immaculata49
 
 
 
Indiana46
 
Indiana49
 
 
 
S. Connecticut State30
 
Immaculata46
 
 
 
Mississippi St. College for Women43
 
Mississippi St. College for Women64
 
 
 
Illinois State47
 
Mississippi St. College for Women43
 
 
 
Tennessee-Martin25
 
Tennessee-Martin53
 
 
 
Long Beach State43
 
Immaculata52
 
 
 
West Chester State48
 
West Chester State79
 
 
 
Utah State45
 
West Chester State66
 
 
 
Northern Illinois54
 
Northern Illinois50
 
 
 
Washington State43
 
West Chester State62
 
 
 
Cal State Fullerton57 Third place
 
Cal State Fullerton65
 
  
 
Tennessee Tech56
 
Cal State Fullerton53Mississippi St. College42
 
 
 
Phillips38 Cal State Fullerton52
 
Phillips54
 
 
Queens College43
 
*Losers in the First Round continued in the consolation bracket (below)

Consolation bracketEdit

First Round
March 18, 1972
Second Round
March 18, 1972
Fifth Place Game
March 19, 1972
         
South Dakota St. 34
S. Connecticut St. 72
S. Connecticut St. 42
Long Beach State 48
Illinois State 41
Long Beach State 59
Long Beach State 51
Queens College 55
Utah State 40
Washington State 37
Utah State 57
Queens College 65
Tennessee Tech 63
Queens College 64

1973 tournamentEdit

The 1973 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament was held on March 22–25, 1973. The host site was Queens College in Flushing, New York. Sixteen teams participated, and Immaculata University was crowned national champion at the conclusion of the tournament, for the second straight year.[1][9][11][12]

Immaculata finished the season undefeated (20–0), becoming the first undefeated national champion in women's college basketball.[13]

Main bracketEdit

 
First Round*
March 22, 1973
Quarterfinals
March 23, 1973
Semifinals
March 24, 1973
Final
March 25, 1973
 
              
 
 
 
 
Immaculata59
 
 
 
Indiana State48
 
Immaculata66
 
 
 
Western Washington53
 
Western Washington55
 
 
 
East Carolina51
 
Immaculata47
 
 
 
S. Connecticut St.45
 
S. Connecticut St.56
 
 
 
Kansas State52
 
S. Connecticut St.58
 
 
 
Mercer46
 
Long Beach State46
 
 
 
Mercer55
 
Immaculata59
 
 
 
Queens College52
 
Indiana46
 
 
 
Lehman43
 
Indiana56
 
 
 
East Stroudsburg St.52
 
South Carolina59
 
 
 
East Stroudsburg St.66
 
Indiana40
 
 
 
Queens College52 Third place
 
Queens College62
 
  
 
UC Riverside36
 
Queens College59S. Connecticut St.76
 
 
 
Stephen F. Austin56 Indiana53
 
Stephen F. Austin53
 
 
Utah State48
 
*Losers in the First Round continued in the consolation bracket (below)

† Overtime

Consolation bracketEdit

First Round
March 23, 1973
Second Round
March 23, 1973
Fifth Place Game
March 24, 1973
         
Indiana State 49
East Carolina 60
East Carolina 46
Kansas State 47
Kansas State 49
Long Beach State 43
Kansas State 69
South Carolina 57
Lehman 53
South Carolina 58
South Carolina 49
UC Riverside 36
UC Riverside 47
Utah State 41

1974 tournamentEdit

The 1974 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament was held on March 20–23, 1974. The host site was Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Sixteen teams participated, and Immaculata University was crowned national champion at the conclusion of the tournament for the third straight year.[1][8][9][11]

Main bracketEdit

 
First Round*
March 20, 1974
Quarterfinals*
March 21, 1974
Semifinals
March 22, 1974
Final
March 23, 1974
 
              
 
 
 
 
Immaculata50
 
 
 
Kansas State40
 
Immaculata60
 
 
 
Indiana56
 
Indiana59
 
 
 
Wayland Baptist56
 
Immaculata57
 
 
 
William Penn55
 
William Penn54
 
 
 
Utah State34
 
William Penn52
 
 
 
Stephen F. Austin46
 
Stephen F. Austin55
 
 
 
Illinois State48
 
Immaculata68
 
 
 
Mississippi College53
 
S. Connecticut St.46
 
 
 
East Stroudsburg St.43
 
S. Connecticut St.55
 
 
 
Cal State Fullerton53
 
Cal State Fullerton58
 
 
 
Western Washington40
 
S. Connecticut St.63
 
 
 
Mississippi College67 Third place
 
Mississippi College65
 
  
 
Tennessee Tech63
 
Mississippi College71William Penn54
 
 
 
Queens College67 S. Connecticut St.62
 
Queens College50
 
 
Fresno State36
 
*Losers in the First Round and Quarterfinals continued in the consolation bracket (below)

‡ Double-overtime

Consolation bracketEdit

  First Round Second Round Third Round Fifth Place Game
                                     
       
  Cal State Fullerton 39  
    Wayland Baptist 54  
Kansas State 34
Wayland Baptist 49  
  Wayland Baptist 72  
  Queens College 49  
       
       
  Queens College 52
    Illinois State 48  
Utah State 46
Illinois State 74  
  Wayland Baptist 56
  Tennessee Tech 50
       
       
  Indiana 50
    Western Washington 44  
East Stroudsburg St. 59
Western Washington 81  
  Indiana 44
  Tennessee Tech 72  
       
       
  Stephen F. Austin 43
    Tennessee Tech 63  
Tennessee Tech 53
Fresno State 41  

1975 Division I tournamentEdit

The 1975 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament was held on March 19–22, 1975. The host site was James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Sixteen teams participated, and Delta State University, coached by Hall-of-Famer Margaret Wade, was crowned national champion at the conclusion of the tournament.[1][8][11][14][15]

Delta State finished the season undefeated (28–0), becoming the second undefeated national champion.[16]

Main bracketEdit

 
First Round*
March 19, 1975
Quarterfinals*
March 20, 1975
Semifinals
March 21, 1975
Final
March 22, 1975
 
              
 
 
 
 
Immaculata63
 
 
 
Kansas State54
 
Immaculata68
 
 
 
Wayland Baptist58
 
Wayland Baptist93
 
 
 
Boise State37
 
Immaculata63
 
 
 
Cal State Fullerton54
 
William Penn43
 
 
 
Cal State Fullerton59
 
Cal State Fullerton64
 
 
 
Queens College58
 
Queens College83
 
 
 
James Madison50
 
Immaculata81
 
 
 
Delta State90
 
Delta State77
 
 
 
Federal City75
 
Delta State88
 
 
 
Tennessee Tech66
 
Tennessee Tech91
 
 
 
Utah State45
 
Delta State71
 
 
 
S. Connecticut St.68 Third place
 
S. Connecticut St.68
 
  
 
Stephen F. Austin51
 
S. Connecticut St.73Cal State Fullerton63
 
 
 
Ohio State50 S. Connecticut St.46
 
Ohio State72
 
 
West Georgia59
 
*Losers in the First Round and Quarterfinals continued in the consolation bracket (below)

† Overtime

Consolation bracketEdit

  First Round
March 20, 1975
Second Round
March 20, 1975
Third Round
March 21, 1975
Fifth Place Game
March 22, 1975
                                     
       
  Ohio State 51  
    Kansas State 61  
Kansas State 65
Boise State 37  
  Kansas State 54  
  William Penn 43  
       
       
  Tennessee Tech 65
    William Penn 67  
William Penn 76
James Madison 40  
  Kansas State 55
  Wayland Baptist 63
       
       
  Queens College 97
    Federal City 99  
Federal City 89
Utah State 34  
  Federal City 46
  Wayland Baptist 67  
       
       
  Wayland Baptist 50
    Stephen F. Austin 46  
Stephen F. Austin 82
West Georgia 62  
† Overtime

‡ Double-overtime

1976 Division I tournamentEdit

The 1976 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament was held on March 25–28, 1976. The host site was Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. Sixteen teams participated, and Delta State University was crowned national champion at the conclusion of the tournament, for the second straight season.[1][8][15][17]

Main bracketEdit

 
First Round*
March 25, 1976
Quarterfinals*
March 26, 1976
Semifinals
March 27, 1976
Final
March 28, 1976
 
              
 
 
 
 
Delta State88
 
 
 
Penn State46
 
Delta State97
 
 
 
Baylor57
 
S. Connecticut St.72
 
 
 
Baylor76
 
Delta State61
 
 
 
Wayland Baptist60
 
Wayland Baptist85
 
 
 
Utah46
 
Wayland Baptist75
 
 
 
Mississippi College59
 
Mississippi College91
 
 
 
Queens College80
 
Delta State69
 
 
 
Immaculata64
 
William Penn78
 
 
 
Tennessee Tech70
 
William Penn64
 
 
 
Cal State Fullerton61
 
Cal State Fullerton103
 
 
 
Wisconsin–La Crosse85
 
William Penn52
 
 
 
Immaculata74 Third place
 
Immaculata84
 
  
 
Long Beach State65
 
Immaculata103Wayland Baptist74
 
 
 
Montclair State82 William Penn54
 
Montclair State86
 
 
Portland State49
 
*Losers in the First Round and Quarterfinals continued in the consolation bracket (below)

Consolation bracketEdit

  First Round Second Round Third Round Fifth Place Game
                                     
       
  Cal State Fullerton 51  
    S. Connecticut St. 61  
Penn State 51
S. Connecticut St. 63  
  S. Connecticut St. 56  
  Montclair State 65  
       
       
  Montclair State 98
    Queens College 93  
Utah 57
Queens College 77  
  Montclair State 88
  Tennessee Tech 94
       
       
  Baylor 78
    Tennessee Tech 89  
Tennessee Tech 116
Wisconsin–La Crosse 78  
  Tennessee Tech 111
  Mississippi College 93  
       
       
  Mississippi College 95
    Long Beach State 81  
Long Beach State 74
Portland State 54  

‡ Double-overtime

1977 Division I tournamentEdit

The 1977 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament was held on March 23–26, 1977. The host site was the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sixteen teams participated, and Delta State University was crowned national champion at the conclusion of the tournament for the third straight season.[1][8][11][15][18][19][20]

The 1976–1977 season also marked the release of the first AP Poll for women's basketball. Delta State finished first in the final poll, which was released prior to the 1977 AIAW Tournament.[21]

Main bracketEdit

 
First Round*
March 23, 1977
Quarterfinals*
March 24, 1977
Semifinals
March 25, 1977
Final
March 26, 1977
 
              
 
 
 
 
Delta State87
 
 
 
Minnesota42
 
Delta State75
 
 
 
S. Connecticut St.49
 
S. Connecticut St.80
 
 
 
Missouri64
 
Delta State62
 
 
 
Tennessee58
 
Tennessee76
 
 
 
Michigan State62
 
Tennessee81
 
 
 
Kansas State69
 
Kansas State70
 
 
 
Utah32
 
Delta State68
 
 
 
LSU55
 
Immaculata83
 
 
 
Tennessee Tech73
 
Immaculata100
 
 
 
Mississippi College78
 
Mississippi College97
 
 
 
Cal State Fullerton84
 
Immaculata68
 
 
 
LSU74 Third place
 
LSU91
 
  
 
Western Washington53
 
LSU71Tennessee91
 
 
 
Baylor64 Immaculata71
 
Saint Joseph's75
 
 
Baylor85
 
*Losers in the First Round and Quarterfinals continued in the consolation bracket (below)

Consolation bracketEdit

  First Round
March 24, 1977
Second Round
March 25, 1977
Third Round
March 26, 1977
Fifth Place Game
March 27, 1977
                                     
       
  Baylor 85  
    Missouri 75  
Minnesota 39
Missouri 60  
  Baylor 77  
  Utah 52  
       
       
  Mississippi College 63
    Utah 83  
Michigan State 62
Utah 63  
  Baylor 71
  S. Connecticut St. 69
       
       
  Kansas State 58
    Tennessee Tech 68  
Tennessee Tech 70
Cal State Fullerton 67  
  Tennessee Tech 72
  S. Connecticut St. 85  
       
       
  S. Connecticut St. 88
    Saint Joseph's 85  
Western Washington 51
Saint Joseph's 97  

1978 Division I tournamentEdit

1979 Division I tournamentEdit

1980 Division I tournamentEdit

1981 Division I tournamentEdit

1982 Division I tournamentEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Gregory Cooper. "Women's College Basketball Championship History Page". Archived from the original on 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2009-06-03.
  2. ^ "NCAA Record Book" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-05-24.
  3. ^ Litsky, Frank (March 12, 1995). "When Small Schools Ruled Women's Game". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  4. ^ Amdur, Neil (April 7, 2002). "A Small College Link to Women's Game". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  5. ^ "Women's Basketball Hall of Fame: Historical Timeline". Archived from the original on 2009-06-21. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  6. ^ "Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame: Cathy Rush Biography". Archived from the original on 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
  7. ^ Hult, p. 288
  8. ^ a b c d e "Tennessee Tech Media Guide" (pdf). Retrieved 2009-06-04.[dead link]
  9. ^ a b c "Indiana Media Guide" (pdf). Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  10. ^ "CNNSI Recap of 1972 Tournament". Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  11. ^ a b c d "Kansas State University Postseason History". Retrieved 2009-06-03.[dead link]
  12. ^ "UC Riverside Media Guide" (pdf). Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  13. ^ "CNNSI Recap of 1973 Tournament". Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  14. ^ "James Madison Media Guide" (PDF). Archived from the original (pdf) on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
  15. ^ a b c "Southern Conn. St. Media Guide" (pdf). Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  16. ^ "CNNSI Recap of 1975 Tournament". Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  17. ^ McNichol, Tom (March 29, 1976). "AIAW Cage Champion Crowned. Macs Falter, Delta State No. 1". The Daily Collegian. p. 7. Archived from the original on April 3, 2012. Retrieved 2010-10-05.
  18. ^ "Utah Media Guide" (pdf). Retrieved 2009-06-08.
  19. ^ "Missouri Media Guide" (pdf). Retrieved 2009-06-08.
  20. ^ "Tennessee Lady Vol Scores". Archived from the original on 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
  21. ^ "1977 Final AP Women's Basketball Poll". Archived from the original on January 9, 2010. Retrieved 2009-07-10.

SourcesEdit

  • Hult, Joan S.; Trekell, Marianna (1991). A Century of women's basketball : From Frailty to Final Four. Reston, Va: National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. ISBN 9780883144909.