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)

HistoryEdit

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.

Pre-NCAA statistics, based on AIAW Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.[8]

Division I/Large CollegeEdit

CIAWEdit

AIAWEdit

Year Winner Score Opponent Venue
1972 Immaculata 52–48 West Chester State Normal, Illinois
1973 Immaculata (2) 59–52 Queens College Flushing, New York
1974 Immaculata (3) 68–53 Mississippi College Manhattan, Kansas
1975 Delta State 90–81 Immaculata Harrisonburg, Virginia
1976 Delta State (2) 69–64 Immaculata State College, Pennsylvania
1977 Delta State (3) 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 (2) 68–53 Tennessee Mount Pleasant, Michigan
1981 Louisiana Tech 79–59 Tennessee Eugene, Oregon
1982 Rutgers 83–77 Texas Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team appearancesEdit

The code in each cell represents the furthest the team made it in the respective tournament:

  •  CH  National Champion
  •  RU  National Runner-up
  •  SF ,  3rd ,  4th  Semifinals (3rd-4th place)
  •  QF ,  5th ,  6th ,  T8  Quarterfinals (5th-8th place)
  •  T12 ,  T16  Round of 12 or 16 (9th-16th place)
  •  T24  Play-in Round (Starting 2013) Round of 24 (17th-24th place)
Team Apps. 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82
Arkansas 1 T16
Baylor 2 T12 5th
Boise State 1 T16
Boston University 1 T24
Brigham Young 3 T12 T12 T16
California 1 QF
UC Riverside 1 T12
Cal State Fullerton 5 3rd T12 3rd T12 T16
Central Missouri State 2 T24 T16
Cheyney State 2 T24 QF
Clemson 1 T24
Colorado 2 T24 T16
Delta State 4 CH CH CH QF
Detroit 1 T24
District of Columbia 1 T8
East Carolina 1 T12
East Stroudsburg State 2 QF T16
Fordham 1 QF
Fresno State 1 T16
Georgia Southern 1 T16
Georgia State 1 T24
Illinois State 3 T16 T12 T16
Immaculata 6 CH CH CH RU RU 4th
Indiana 3 QF 4th T8
Indiana State 1 T16
Jackson State 1 T16
James Madison 1 T16
Kansas 3 T12 T16 T16
Kansas State 6 T12 T16 6th T12 T12 T16
Kentucky 2 T24 T16
Lehman 1 T16
Long Beach State 6 T12 T16 T12 T12 QF QF
Louisiana Tech 3 RU 4th CH
LSU 1 RU
Maryland 4 RU QF QF QF
Mercer 2 QF T24
Miami (OH) 1 T16
Michigan State 1 T16
Minnesota 3 T16 T24 QF
Mississippi 1 T12
Mississippi College 3 RU T8 T12
Mississippi Women 1 4th
Missouri 2 T12 T12
Montana 1 T16
Montclair State 2 6th 3rd
North Carolina State 3 QF T16 T16
Northern Illinois 1 QF
Northwestern 3 QF T16 T24
Ohio State 2 T12 T16
Old Dominion 3 CH CH 3rd
Oregon 2 T16 T16
Oregon State 2 T16 T24
Penn State 1 T16
Phillips 1 QF
Portland State 1 T16
Providence 1 T16
Queens (NY) 5 T12 RU T8 T12 T12 QF
Rutgers 4 T12 T24 T16 CH
St. John's (NY) 1 T16
Saint Joseph's 1 T12
San Francisco 1 T24
South Carolina 2 T12 3rd
South Dakota State 1 T16
USC 2 T24 4th
Southern Connecticut 8 T12 3rd 3rd 4th T8 6th QF T12
Stephen F. Austin 6 QF T12 T12 QF QF T16
Syracuse 1 T24
Tennessee 5 3rd T16 3rd RU RU
Tennessee Tech 5 T16 6th T12 5th T8
Tennessee–Martin 1 QF
Texas 3 T16 T24 RU
UCLA 3 CH 4th QF
Utah 3 T16 T8 T16
Utah State 4 T12 T16 T16 T16
Valdosta State 2 T12 T12
Vanderbilt 1 T16
Villanova 1 SF
Washington 1 T16
Washington State 1 T16
Wayland Baptist 6 5th 5th 3rd 4th QF SF
West Chester State 1 RU
West Georgia 1 T16
Western Washington 3 QF T12 T16
William Penn 3 4th T8 4th
Wisconsin 1 QF
Wisconsin–La Crosse 1 T16

Division II/Small CollegeEdit

ResultsEdit

Year Winner Score Opponent Venue
1975 Phillips Talladega Pueblo, Colorado
1976 Berry (GA) 68–62 West Georgia Ashland, Ohio
1977 Southeastern Louisiana 92–76 Phillips Pomona, California
1978 High Point 92–88 South Carolina State Florence, South Carolina
1979 South Carolina State 75–65 Dayton Fargo, North Dakota
1980 Dayton 83–53 College of Charleston Dayton, Ohio
1981 William Penn 64–51 College of Charleston Dayton, Ohio
1982 Francis Marion 92–63 College of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina

AppearancesEdit

Team Apps. 76 77 78 79 80 81 82
Abilene Christian 1 QF
Air Force 2 R16 R24
Arkansas–Monticello 1 R16
Arkansas Tech 1 R16
Ashland 2 4th QF
Berry (GA) 4 CH 3rd 3rd R16
Biola 5 R16 4th 4th R16 QF
Cal State Los Angeles 1 R16
Cal Poly Pomona 4 R16 QF QF 3rd
Carson-Newman 1 R24
Centenary (LA) 1 FR
Charleston (WV)
(Morris Harvey)
2 QF QF
College of Charleston 3 RU RU RU
Colorado College 2 R16 R16
Dayton 5 R16 R16 RU CH R16
Eastern Connecticut 1 R16
Eastern Illinois 1 QF
Eastern New Mexico 1 R16
Eastern Washington 2 R16 R16
Emporia State 1 R16
Florida International 1 FR
Fordham 1 R16
Fort Lewis 1 R16
Francis Marion 4 QF QF R16 CH
George Williams 1 R16
Grand View 1 R16
High Point 3 QF CH QF
Hofstra 1 R24
Idaho 2 R24 R16
Langston 1 R16
Lenoir-Rhyne 2 QF 4th
Livingston 2 R16 QF
Louisiana College 2 4th QF
Midland Lutheran 1 QF
Montana State Billings
(Eastern Montana)
2 R16 R16
Morgan State 2 QF R16
Nebraska–Omaha 1 R24
Niagara 2 3rd R24
North Dakota State 2 R16 SF
Pepperdine 2 QF R16
Phillips (OK) 2 3rd RU
Princeton 1 QF
St. John Fisher 1 R16
St. Peter's 1 R16
Salisbury State 1 R16
San Francisco 1 R16
Seton Hall 2 R16 QF
Seton Hill 1 R16
Shorter 1 R16
South Carolina State 3 RU CH R16
Southeast Missouri State 1 R24
Southeastern Louisiana 4 R16 CH QF R16
Southwest Missouri State 1 R16
Springfield 1 R16
Tarkio 2 QF R16
Texas Wesleyan 1 R16
Tougaloo 1 QF
Tuskegee 2 4th QF
Union (KY) 1 QF
Ursinus 1 R16
West Georgia 3 RU R16 R24
William Carey 1 R16
William Penn 4 QF 3rd CH SF

Division IIIEdit

ResultsEdit

Year Winner Score Opponent Venue
1980 Worcester State 76–73 Wisconsin–La Crosse Spokane, Washington
1981 Wisconsin–La Crosse 79–71 Mount Mercy Dayton, Ohio
1982 Concordia–Moorhead 73–72 Mount Mercy Cedar Rapids, Iowa

AppearancesEdit

Team Apps. 80 81 82
Adrian 1 R16
Aquinas 1 T8
Bethany 1 R16
Biola 1 QF
Bridgewater (VA) 1 R24
UC Davis 1 QF
Christopher Newport 1 R24
Columbia (SC) 2 R24 R16
Concordia–Moorhead 1 CH
Concordia (OR) 1 R16
Eastern Connecticut State 1 R16
Elizabethtown 2 R24 QF
Juniata 1 QF
Knoxville 2 QF QF
Lee (TN) 1 QF
Linfield 1 R24
Malone 1 QF
McMurry 1 R16
Millersville State 1 4th
Minnesota–Morris 1 R16
Mount Mercy 3 4th RU RU
Notre Dame de Namur 1 R16
Pacific Lutheran 1 R24
Pitt Johnstown 2 R16 4th
Rhode Island College 1 R16
Roanoke 1 R16
San Francisco State 2 QF QF
Scranton 1 3rd
Spring Arbor 2 R24 R16
Tarleton State 2 R16 R16
Western Oregon 1 R16
Willamette 1 R24
Wisconsin–La Crosse 2 RU CH
Wisconsin–Whitewater 2 R16 3rd
Worcester State 2 CH 3rd

Junior/Community CollegeEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Gregory Cooper. "Women's College Basketball Championship History Page". Archived from the original on 2009-10-26. 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 & Trekell 1991, p. 288
  8. ^ "Pre-NCAA Statistical Leaders and AIAW Results" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 2012-10-31.

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.