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The NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament is an annual college basketball tournament for women. Held each March, the Women's Championship was inaugurated in the 1981–82 season. The NCAA tournament was preceded by the AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, which was held annually from 1972 to 1982. Basketball was one of 12 women's sports added to the NCAA championship program for the 1981–82 school year, as the NCAA engaged in battle with the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) for sole governance of women's collegiate sports. The AIAW continued to conduct its established championship program in the same 12 (and other) sports; however, after a year of dual women's championships, the NCAA prevailed, while the AIAW disbanded.

NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament
Most recent season or competition:
2019 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament
March Madness logo.svg
SportBasketball
Founded1982
No. of teams64
CountryNCAA Division I (USA)
Most recent
champion(s)
Baylor (3rd)
Most titlesUConn (11)
TV partner(s)ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, WatchESPN
Official websiteNCAA.com

Attendance and interest in the Women's Division I Championship have grown over the years, especially from 2003 to 2016, when the final championship game was moved to the Tuesday following the Monday men's championship game.[1] The women's championship game is the penultimate overall game of the college basketball season since 2017. From 1982 to 1990, 1996 to 2002, and since 2017 the Women's Final Four is usually played on the Friday before the Men's Final Four or the hours before the men played on the final Saturday of the tournament. The final was usually played the Sunday afternoon following the Men's Final Four; since 2017, Sunday evening.

The tournament bracket is made up of champions from each Division I conference, which receive automatic bids. The remaining slots are at-large bids, with teams chosen by an NCAA selection committee. The selection process and tournament seedings are based on several factors, including team rankings, win-loss records, and Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) data.

Unlike the men's tournament, there are only 32 at-large bids (since 2014), and no play-in game. The women's tournament, like the men's, is staged in a single elimination format and is part of the media and public frenzy known colloquially as March Madness or The Big Dance.

All 63 games have been broadcast on television since 2003 on ESPN and ESPN2.[2] Similar to the pre-2011 men's tournament coverage on CBS, local teams are shown on each channel when available, with "whip-around" coverage designed to showcase the most competitive contests in the rest of the country.

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Tournament formatEdit

A total of 64 teams qualify for the tournament played in March and April. Of these teams, 32 earn automatic bids by winning their respective conference tournaments. Since 2017 the Ivy League conducts their own post-season tournament. The remaining teams are granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee. Dr. Marilyn McNeil, vice president/director of athletics at Monmouth University is the current chairwoman. On March 1, 2011, Bowling Green State University's director of intercollegiate athletics, Greg Christopher, was appointed chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee during the 2011–12 academic year.[3]

The tournament is split into four regional tournaments, and each regional has teams seeded from 1 to 16, with the committee ostensibly making every region as comparable to the others as possible[citation needed]. The top-seeded team in each region plays the #16 team, the #2 team plays the #15, etc.

Number of teams, and seedingEdit

The first NCAA women's basketball tournament was held in 1982. The AIAW also held a basketball tournament in 1982, but most of the top teams, including defending AIAW champion Louisiana Tech, decided to participate in the NCAA tournament.

The championship consisted of 32 teams from 1982–1985 (in 1983, 36), 40 teams from 1986–1988, and 48 teams from 1989–1993. Since 1994, 64 teams compete in each tournament.

Prior to 1996, seeding was conducted on a regional basis. The top teams (eight in the 32-, 40-, and 48-team formats, and 16 in the 64-team format) were ranked and seeded on a national basis. The remaining teams were then seeded based on their geographic region. Teams were moved outside of its geographic region only if it was necessary to balance the bracket, or if the proximity of an opponent outside of its region would be comparable and a more competitive game would result. In 1993, all teams except for the top four were explicitly unseeded. The regional seeding resumed in 1994. In 1996, seeds were assigned on a national basis using an "S-Curve" format[clarification needed] similar to the process used in selecting the field for the men's tournament.

The following table summarizes some of the key attributes of the seeding process:[4]

  Number of teams selected    
Year Automatic At-Large Total Location of first round(s) Seeding Basis
1982 12 20 32 Higher seed Regional
1983 14 22 36 Higher seed†
1984 17 15 32
1985 18 14 Higher seed
1986 17 23 40 Higher seed†
1987 18 22
1988
1989 19 29 48
1990 21 27
1991
1992 22 26
1993 23 25
1994 32 32 64
1995
1996 31 33 Higher seed National
1997 30 34 Higher seed†
1998 Higher seed
1999
2000 Higher seed†
2001 31 33
2002 Higher seed
2003 16 Sites‡
2004
2005 8 Sites‡
2006
2007
2008
2009 16 Sites‡
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014 32
2015 Higher seed†
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020

† Some exceptions. Due to venue availability, in some cases, the lower seed hosted, or the game was played at a neutral site.
‡ From 2003–2014, sixteen predetermined sites were selected for first and second-round games. Teams were allowed to play at home, if hosting.
Between 2005 and 2008, eight sites were used for first-round games.

Selection processEdit

A special selection committee appointed by the NCAA determines which 64 teams will enter the tournament, and where they will be seeded and placed in the bracket. Because of the automatic bids, only 32 teams (the at-large bids) rely on the selection committee to secure them a spot in the tournament.

Women's NCAA Division I basketball championsEdit

Year Winner Score Opponent Venue Other Semifinalists
1982 Louisiana Tech (1/2) 76–62 Cheyney State Norfolk Scope (Norfolk, Virginia) Tennessee & Maryland
1983 USC (1/2) 69–67 Louisiana Tech Old Dominion & Georgia
1984 USC (2/2) 72–61 Tennessee Pauley Pavilion (Los Angeles, California) Cheyney State & Louisiana Tech
1985 Old Dominion 70–65 Georgia Frank Erwin Center (Austin, Texas) Western Kentucky & Northeast Louisiana
1986 Texas 97–81 USC Rupp Arena (Lexington, Kentucky) Western Kentucky & Tennessee
1987 Tennessee (1/8) 67–44 Louisiana Tech Frank Erwin Center (Austin, Texas) Texas & Long Beach State
1988 Louisiana Tech (2/2) 56–54 Auburn Tacoma Dome (Tacoma, Washington) Long Beach State & Tennessee
1989 Tennessee (2/8) 76–60 Auburn Louisiana Tech & Maryland
1990 Stanford (1/2) 88–81 Auburn Thompson–Boling Arena (Knoxville, Tennessee) Virginia & Louisiana Tech
1991 Tennessee (3/8) 70–67 (OT) Virginia Lakefront Arena (New Orleans, Louisiana) Connecticut & Stanford
1992 Stanford (2/2) 78–62 Western Kentucky Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (Los Angeles, California) Southwest Missouri State & Virginia
1993 Texas Tech 84–82 Ohio State Omni Coliseum (Atlanta, Georgia) Iowa & Vanderbilt
1994 North Carolina 60–59 Louisiana Tech Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, Virginia) Purdue & Alabama
1995 Connecticut (1/11) 70–64 Tennessee Target Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota) Stanford & Georgia
1996 Tennessee (4/8) 83–65 Georgia Charlotte Coliseum (Charlotte, North Carolina) Connecticut & Stanford
1997 Tennessee (5/8) 68–59 Old Dominion Riverfront Coliseum (Cincinnati, Ohio) Notre Dame & Stanford
1998 Tennessee (6/8) 93–75 Louisiana Tech Kemper Arena (Kansas City, Missouri) Arkansas & North Carolina State
1999 Purdue 62–45 Duke San Jose Arena (San Jose, California) Louisiana Tech & Georgia
2000 Connecticut (2/11) 71–52 Tennessee First Union Center (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Rutgers & Penn State
2001 Notre Dame (1/2) 68–66 Purdue Savvis Center (St. Louis, Missouri) Connecticut & Southwest Missouri State
2002 Connecticut (3/11) 82–70 Oklahoma Alamodome (San Antonio, Texas) Tennessee & Duke
2003 Connecticut (4/11) 73–68 Tennessee Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Georgia) Texas & Duke
2004 Connecticut (5/11) 70–61 Tennessee New Orleans Arena (New Orleans, Louisiana) Minnesota & LSU
2005 Baylor (1/3) 84–62 Michigan State RCA Dome (Indianapolis, Indiana) LSU & Tennessee
2006 Maryland 78–75 (OT) Duke TD Garden (Boston, Massachusetts) North Carolina & LSU
2007 Tennessee (7/8) 59–46 Rutgers Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)
2008 Tennessee (8/8) 64–48 Stanford St. Pete Times Forum (Tampa, Florida) LSU & Connecticut
2009 Connecticut (6/11) 76–54 Louisville Scottrade Center (St. Louis, Missouri) Stanford & Oklahoma
2010 Connecticut (7/11) 53–47 Stanford Alamodome (San Antonio, Texas) Baylor & Oklahoma
2011 Texas A&M 76–70 Notre Dame Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Indiana) Connecticut & Stanford
2012 Baylor (2/3) 80–61 Notre Dame Pepsi Center (Denver, Colorado) Stanford & Connecticut
2013 Connecticut (8/11) 93–60 Louisville New Orleans Arena (New Orleans, Louisiana) Notre Dame & California
2014 Connecticut (9/11) 79–58 Notre Dame Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, Tennessee) Stanford & Maryland
2015 Connecticut (10/11) 63–53 Notre Dame Amalie Arena (Tampa, Florida) South Carolina & Maryland
2016 Connecticut (11/11) 82–51 Syracuse Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Indiana) Oregon State & Washington
2017 South Carolina 67–55 Mississippi State American Airlines Center (Dallas, Texas) Connecticut & Stanford
2018 Notre Dame (2/2) 61–58 Mississippi State Nationwide Arena (Columbus, Ohio) Connecticut & Louisville
2019 Baylor (3/3) 82–81 Notre Dame Amalie Arena (Tampa, Florida) Connecticut & Oregon
2020 Smoothie King Center (New Orleans, Louisiana)
2021 Alamodome (San Antonio, Texas)
2022 Target Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
2023 American Airlines Center (Dallas, Texas)
2024 Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)

Team titlesEdit

 
Baylor
Connecticut
Louisiana Tech
Maryland
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  – 11 championships
  – 8 championships
  – 3 championships
  – 2 championships
  – 1 championship
Team Titles Year Won
Connecticut 11 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Tennessee 8 1987, 1989, 1991,1996, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2008
Baylor 3 2005, 2012, 2019
Louisiana Tech 2 1982, 1988
Notre Dame 2 2001, 2018
Stanford 2 1990, 1992
USC 2 1983, 1984
Maryland 1 2006
North Carolina 1 1994
Old Dominion 1 1985
Purdue 1 1999
South Carolina 1 2017
Texas 1 1986
Texas A&M 1 2011
Texas Tech 1 1993

NCAA Final Fours by schoolEdit

School Final Four Years Number of Appearances Championships
Connecticut 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 20 11
Tennessee 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 18 8
Stanford 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017 13 2
Louisiana Tech 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1998, 1999 10 2
Notre Dame 1997, 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019 9 2
Georgia 1983, 1985, 1995, 1996, 1999 5 0
LSU 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 5 0
Maryland 1982, 1989, 2006, 2014, 2015 5 1
Baylor 2005, 2010, 2012, 2019 4 3
Duke 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006 4 0
Auburn 1988, 1989, 1990 3 0
Louisville 2009, 2013, 2018 3 0
North Carolina 1994, 2006, 2007 3 1
Oklahoma 2002, 2009, 2010 3 0
Old Dominion 1983, 1985, 1997 3 1
Purdue 1994, 1999, 2001 3 1
Texas 1986, 1987, 2003 3 1
USC 1983, 1984, 1986 3 2
Virginia 1990, 1991, 1992 3 0
Western Kentucky 1985, 1986, 1992 3 0
Cheyney St. 1982, 1984 2 0
Long Beach St. 1987, 1988 2 0
Mississippi St. 2017, 2018 2 0
Missouri St. 1992, 2001 2 0
Rutgers 2000, 2007 2 0
South Carolina 2015, 2017 2 1
Alabama 1994 1 0
Arkansas 1998 1 0
California 2013 1 0
Iowa 1993 1 0
Louisiana-Monroe 1985 1 0
Michigan St. 2005 1 0
Minnesota 2004 1 0
North Carolina St. 1998 1 0
Ohio St. 1993 1 0
Oregon 2019 1 0
Oregon St. 2016 1 0
Penn St. 2000 1 0
Syracuse 2016 1 0
Texas A&M 2011 1 1
Texas Tech 1993 1 1
Vanderbilt 1993 1 0
Washington 2016 1 0

Multiple NCAA championship coachesEdit

Coach School Championships
Geno Auriemma Connecticut 11
Pat Summitt Tennessee 8
Kim Mulkey Baylor 3
Muffet McGraw Notre Dame 2
Linda Sharp USC
Tara VanDerveer Stanford

NCAA Championship by ConferenceEdit

Note: Conferences are listed by all champions' affiliations at that time; these do not necessarily match current affiliations.

Conference Year Championships
Big East[a 1] 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013 9
Southeastern 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2008, 2017
Big 12 2005, 2011, 2012, 2019 4
Pac-12[a 2] 1983, 1984, 1990, 1992
American Athletic 2014, 2015, 2016 3
Atlantic Coast 1994, 2006, 2018
Southwest 1986, 1993 2
Western Collegiate 1983, 1984
American South 1988 1
Big Ten 1999
Independent 1982
Sun Belt 1985
  1. ^ The Big East Conference operated in its original form from 1979 until 2013. During that time, Connecticut won eight championships, and Notre Dame won one. Following the three-way 2013 split of that conference and subsequent settlement between the non-FBS schools and the remaining schools, the conference legally changed its name to the American Athletic Conference. Three schools (among them Notre Dame) left for the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013, with a fourth doing the same in 2014; one school left for the Big Ten in 2014; and the non-FBS schools retained the Big East name. However, the current Big East now maintains the history of the original conference in all sports that it sponsors, including women's basketball. The American no longer claims any of the original Big East's competition history, even in the two sports that it sponsors and the current Big East does not (football and women's rowing).
  2. ^ Known as the Pacific-10 Conference, or Pac-10, when all of its titles were won.

NCAA Final Four locationsEdit

  • 1982 – Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1983 – Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1984 – Los Angeles, California
  • 1985 – Austin, Texas
  • 1986 – Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1987 – Austin, Texas
  • 1988 – Tacoma, Washington
  • 1989 – Tacoma, Washington
  • 1990 – Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1991 – New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1992 – Los Angeles, California
  • 1993 – Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1994 – Richmond, Virginia
  • 1995 – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1996 – Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1997 – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1998 – Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1999 – San Jose, California
  • 2000 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2001 – St. Louis, Missouri
  • 2002 – San Antonio, Texas
  • 2003 – Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2004 – New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2005 – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 2006 – Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2007 – Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2008 – Tampa Bay, Florida
  • 2009 – St. Louis, Missouri
  • 2010 – San Antonio, Texas
  • 2011 – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 2012 – Denver, Colorado
  • 2013 – New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2014 – Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2015 – Tampa Bay, Florida
  • 2016 – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 2017 – Dallas, Texas
  • 2018 – Columbus, Ohio
  • 2019 – Tampa Bay, Florida
  • 2020 – New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2021 – San Antonio, Texas
  • 2022 – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2023 – Dallas, Texas
  • 2024 – Cleveland, Ohio
 
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Tournament trendsEdit

Top-ranked teamsEdit

Since the women's tournament began in 1982, 17 teams have entered the tournament ranked #1 in at least 1 poll and gone on to win the tournament:

  • 1982: Louisiana Tech
  • 1983: USC
  • 1986: Texas
  • 1989: Tennessee
  • 1995: Connecticut
  • 1998: Tennessee
  • 1999: Purdue
  • 2000: Connecticut
  • 2002: Connecticut
  • 2003: Connecticut
  • 2009: Connecticut
  • 2010: Connecticut
  • 2012: Baylor
  • 2014: Connecticut
  • 2015: Connecticut
  • 2016: Connecticut
  • 2019: Baylor

Champions excluded the next yearEdit

Only once has the reigning champion (the previous year's winner) not made it to the tournament the next year.

#1 seedsEdit

Since 1982, at least one #1 seed has made the Final Four every year.

Under coach Geno Auriemma, Connecticut has been seeded #1 a record 22 times. Tennessee is second with 21 #1 seeds.

All four #1 seeds have made it to the Final Four 4 times (champion in bold):

  • 1989 Auburn, Louisiana Tech, Maryland, Tennessee
  • 2012 Baylor, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Stanford
  • 2015 Connecticut, Maryland, Notre Dame, South Carolina
  • 2018 Connecticut, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Louisville

The championship game has matched two #1 seeds 14 times:

  • 1983 USC beat Louisiana Tech
  • 1986 Texas beat USC
  • 1989 Tennessee beat Auburn
  • 1991 Tennessee beat Virginia
  • 1995 Connecticut beat Tennessee
  • 2000 Connecticut beat Tennessee
  • 2002 Connecticut beat Oklahoma
  • 2003 Connecticut beat Tennessee
  • 2010 Connecticut beat Stanford
  • 2012 Baylor beat Notre Dame
  • 2014 Connecticut beat Notre Dame
  • 2015 Connecticut beat Notre Dame
  • 2018 Notre Dame beat Mississippi State
  • 2019 Baylor beat Notre Dame

Three teams have beaten three #1 seeds during the course of a tournament (the largest number of such teams that can be faced) (all three teams won the national championship as beating a 3rd #1 seed in a single tournament can only happen in the finals):

  • 1987 Tennessee (beat Auburn, Long Beach State, Louisiana Tech)
  • 1988 Louisiana Tech (beat Auburn, Tennessee, Texas)
  • 2005 Baylor (beat LSU, Michigan State, North Carolina)

Prior to the expansion of the tournament to 64 teams, all four #1 seeds advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with three exceptions. Notably, the first two times this occurred were at the hands of the same school:

  • 1986 East #1 seed Virginia lost to #8 seed James Madison
  • 1991 East #1 seed Penn State lost to #8 seed James Madison
  • 1992 Midwest #1 seed Iowa lost to #8 seed Southwest Missouri State

High seedsEdit

  • 1999 was the first time in tournament history (since the expansion to 64 teams) that all top seeds (1, 2, 3, and 4 seeds) made it to the Sweet Sixteen.

Low seedsEdit

Lowest seeds to reach each round since the expansion to 64 teams:

  • Second Round: #16 seed[5]
    • Harvard in 1998 (the only #16 seed to beat a #1 seed in either the women's or men's tournament until 2018, and still the only one to do so in the women's tournament)
  • Regional Semifinals (Sweet Sixteen): #13 seed[5]
  • Regional Finals (Elite Eight): #11 seed
  • National Semifinals (Final Four): #9 seed[5]
  • National Finals (Championship Game): #5 seed
  • National Champion: #3 seed[5]
    • North Carolina in 1994
    • Tennessee in 1997

Best Performances by #14 & #15 SeedsEdit

Unlike in the men's tournament, no #14 seed has beaten a #3 and no #15 seed has beaten a #2 seed, but they have come close.

  • 2 points: #14 Seed
    • Austin Peay lost to UNC in 2003 (2 points, 72–70)
    • Eastern Michigan lost to Boston College in 2004 (2 points, 58–56)
    • Creighton lost to St. John's in 2012 (2 points, 69–67)
  • Overtime games: #15 Seed
    • UTSA lost to Baylor in 2009 (5 points, 87–82). UTSA is the only #15 seed to take a game into overtime.
  • 1 point: #15 Seed
    • Long Beach State lost to Oregon State in 2017 (1 point, 56–55)

First-round gamesEdit

Since the expansion to 64 teams in 1994, each seed-pairing has played 104 first-round games with these results:

  1. The #1 seed is 103–1 against the #16 seed (.990).
  2. The #2 & #3 seeds are 104–0 against the #15 & #14 seeds, respectively (1.000).
  3. The #4 seed is 98–6 against the #13 seed (.942).
  4. The #5 seed is 82–22 against the #12 seed (.788).
  5. The #6 seed is 72–32 against the #11 seed (.692).
  6. The #7 seed is 67–37 against the #10 seed (.644).
  7. The #9 seed is 55–49 against the #8 seed (.529).

Second-round gamesEdit

Since the expansion to 64 teams in 1994, the following results have occurred for each pairing:

  • In the 1/16/8/9 bracket:
vs. #8 vs. #9
#1 48–1 (.980) 52–2 (.963)
#16 0–1 (.000)

note: The 3 losses by the #1 seed vs #8/9 were: Duke (vs Michigan St, 2009), Ohio St (vs Boston College, 2006), Texas Tech (vs Notre Dame, 1998).
note: The #9 vs. #16 game was Arkansas over Harvard in 1998.

  • In the 2/15/7/10 bracket:
vs. #7 vs. #10
#2 49–13 (.790) 31–3 (.912)
#15
  • In the 3/14/6/11 bracket:
vs. #6 vs. #11
#3 45–22 (.672) 17–12 (.586)
#14
  • In the 4/13/5/12 bracket:
vs. #5 vs. #12
#4 42–27 (.609) 18–3 (.857)
#13 3–3 (.500)

Teams entering the tournament unbeatenEdit

Of the 18 teams who have entered the tournament unbeaten, 9 went on to win the National Championship.[6]

  • In 1986, Texas entered the tournament 30–0, beat USC for the national title, and ended the season 34–0.
  • In 1990, Louisiana Tech entered the tournament 29–0, but lost in the Final Four to Auburn.
  • In 1992, Vermont entered the tournament 29–0, but lost in the first round to George Washington.
  • In 1993, Vermont entered the tournament 28–0, but lost in the first round to Rutgers.
  • In 1995, Connecticut entered the tournament 29–0, beat Tennessee for the national title, and ended the season 35–0.
  • In 1997, Connecticut entered the tournament 30–0, but lost in the Midwest Regional Final to Tennessee.
  • In 1998, Tennessee (33–0) and Liberty (28–0) both entered the tournament unbeaten; Liberty lost in the first round to Tennessee, which went on to beat Louisiana Tech for the national title and ended the season 39–0.
  • In 2002, 2009, and 2010, Connecticut entered the tournament 33–0, won the national title in each, and ended those seasons 39–0. They respectively beat Oklahoma, Louisville, and Stanford in those championship games.
  • In 2012, Baylor entered the tournament 34–0, beat Notre Dame for the national title, and ended the season 40–0. The Lady Bears became the first team in NCAA college basketball history, for either women or men, to win 40 games in a season. Notably, Louisiana Tech went 40–5 during the 1979–80 season. This was during the AIAW era for women's basketball.
  • In 2014, Connecticut (34–0) and Notre Dame (32–0) both entered the tournament unbeaten; Connecticut beat Notre Dame 79–58 for the national title, ended the season 40–0 and is the 8th team to end the season unbeaten.
  • In 2015, Princeton entered the tournament 30–0, but lost in the second round to Maryland.
  • In 2016, Connecticut entered the tournament 32–0, beat Syracuse for the national title, ending the season 38–0.
  • In 2017, Connecticut entered the tournament 32–0, but lost in the Final Four to Mississippi State, ending their 111-game winning streak to finish 36–1.
  • In 2018, Connecticut entered the tournament 32–0, but lost in the Final Four to Notre Dame, ending their 36-game winning streak to finish 36–1.

Home stateEdit

Only one team has ever played the Final Four on its home court. Two other teams have played the Final Four in their home cities, and seven others have played the Final Four in their home states.

The only team to play on its home court was Texas in 1987, which lost its semifinal game at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center.

Old Dominion enjoyed nearly as large an advantage in 1983 when the Final Four was played at the Norfolk Scope in its home city of Norfolk, Virginia, but also lost its semifinal. The Scope has never been the Lady Monarchs' regular home court. ODU has always used on-campus arenas, first the ODU Fieldhouse and since 2002 the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The following year, USC won the national title at Pauley Pavilion, the home court of its Los Angeles arch-rival UCLA.

Of the other teams to play in their home states, Stanford (1992) won the national title; Notre Dame (2011) lost in the championship game; and Western Kentucky (1986), Penn State (2000), Missouri State (2001), LSU (2004), and Baylor (2010) lost in the semifinals.

Championship marginsEdit

  • Overtime games in a championship game:[7]
    • Tennessee 70, Virginia 67/OT (1991)
    • Maryland 78, Duke 75/OT (2006)
  • Smallest margin of victory in a championship game: 1 point[8]
    • North Carolina 60, Louisiana Tech 59 (1994)
    • Baylor 82, Notre Dame 81 (2019)
  • Biggest margin of victory in a championship game: 33 points[8]
    • Connecticut 93, Louisville 60 (2013)
  • Margin of 10 points: Louisiana Tech (1982), Tennessee (1987 & 1989), Purdue (1999), Connecticut (2000, 2002, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016), and Baylor (2012) are teams to win every game in the tournament by 10 points or more on their way to a championship. The 2016 UConn team won every game by more than 20 points.
  • Top 9 largest point differentials accumulated over the entire tournament by tournament champion. Notably, Louisiana Tech's differential is prior to the expansion of 64 teams and the addition of one more round of play.
    • 2016 Connecticut (+239)
    • 2010 Connecticut (+214)
    • 2013 Connecticut (+208)
    • 2015 Connecticut (+197)
    • 2000 Connecticut (+187)
    • 2002 Connecticut (+161)
    • 2019 Baylor (+159)
    • 1982 Louisiana Tech (+158)
    • 2014 Connecticut (+156)

Same-conference championship gamesEdit

6 championship games have featured two teams from the same conference (winner in bold):

  • 1989 SEC, Tennessee and Auburn
  • 1996 SEC, Tennessee and Georgia
  • 2006 ACC, Maryland and Duke
  • 2009 Big East, Connecticut and Louisville
  • 2013 Big East, Connecticut and Louisville
  • 2017 SEC, South Carolina and Mississippi State

Result by school and by yearEdit

284 teams have appeared in the NCAA Tournament in at least one year starting with 1982 (the initial year that the post-season tournament was under the auspices of the NCAA). The results for all years are shown in this table below.[9]

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

  •  •  Round of 64 (Fewer than 64 teams invited before 1994.)
  •  32  Round of 32
  •  S16  Sweet Sixteen
  •  E8  Elite Eight
  •  F4  Final Four
  •  RU  National Runner-up
  •  CH  National Champion
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Tennessee 38 F4 E8 RU S16 F4 CH F4 CH E8 CH S16 E8 S16 RU CH CH CH E8 RU S16 F4 RU RU F4 E8 CH CH S16 E8 E8 E8 S16 E8 E8 32 32
Stanford 33 32 S16 E8 CH F4 CH S16 E8 F4 F4 F4 32 32 S16 32 E8 E8 E8 32 RU F4 RU F4 F4 S16 F4 S16 E8 F4 S16 E8
Georgia 33 32 F4 E8 RU S16 S16 S16 32 32 E8 32 F4 RU E8 F4 E8 32 S16 E8 S16 S16 S16 32 S16 S16 E8 32
Texas 32 E8 E8 S16 CH F4 E8 E8 E8 32 32 32 32 32 S16 F4 S16 32 32 32 S16 E8 S16 S16
Connecticut 31 32 F4 32 E8 CH F4 E8 E8 S16 CH F4 CH CH CH S16 E8 E8 F4 CH CH F4 F4 CH CH CH CH F4 F4 F4
Louisiana Tech 27 CH RU F4 E8 E8 RU CH F4 F4 E8 RU S16 E8 S16 RU F4 E8 E8 S16 S16
Maryland 27 F4 S16 32 32 E8 F4 32 E8 32 32 32 CH 32 E8 E8 32 E8 S16 F4 F4 32 S16 32 32
North Carolina 27 32 S16 32 S16 32 32 S16 CH S16 S16 E8 S16 S16 S16 32 E8 F4 F4 E8 32 S16 32 E8 S16
Vanderbilt 27 32 32 S16 S16 E8 F4 S16 S16 E8 S16 32 E8 E8 32 S16 S16 32 32 S16 S16 32 32 32
Notre Dame 26 32 F4 S16 32 S16 CH 32 S16 S16 32 32 S16 S16 RU RU F4 RU RU S16 E8 CH RU
Purdue 26 32 S16 32 S16 F4 E8 32 E8 CH 32 RU 32 E8 S16 32 S16 E8 32 E8 32 32 32 32 32
LSU 26 S16 E8 32 S16 32 S16 S16 E8 32 32 E8 F4 F4 F4 F4 F4 32 32 32 S16 S16
Iowa 26 32 E8 E8 S16 32 32 32 F4 32 S16 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 S16 E8
Old Dominion 25 S16 F4 E8 CH S16 32 32 32 32 32 S16 RU S16 S16 S16 E8 S16
Virginia 25 32 32 32 S16 E8 S16 F4 RU F4 E8 S16 E8 E8 S16 32 S16 32 32 32 32 32
Rutgers 25 E8 E8 S16 32 32 32 S16 E8 F4 32 32 E8 S16 RU E8 S16 32 32
Ohio State 25 32 32 E8 S16 E8 S16 S16 32 RU 32 32 32 S16 32 S16 32 S16 32 S16 S16 32
Penn State 25 S16 E8 32 S16 S16 32 32 32 32 S16 32 E8 32 S16 32 F4 S16 S16 E8 32 S16 32 S16
North Carolina State 25 S16 32 S16 S16 32 S16 S16 S16 S16 S16 32 F4 32 S16 S16 32 S16 S16
Duke 24 32 32 32 32 E8 RU S16 S16 F4 F4 E8 E8 RU S16 S16 32 E8 E8 E8 E8 32 S16 32 S16
DePaul 24 32 32 32 32 32 S16 S16 32 S16 32 S16 32 32
Louisville 22 32 32 32 32 32 32 S16 RU S16 32 RU E8 S16 32 S16 F4 E8
Auburn 21 32 S16 S16 S16 E8 RU RU RU E8 S16 32 E8 32 32 32 32 32 32
Oklahoma 21 S16 32 S16 S16 RU 32 S16 S16 32 F4 F4 S16 32 S16 32 32 32
Montana 21 S16 32 32 32 32 32 32
Texas Tech 20 32 32 S16 CH S16 E8 S16 32 32 S16 E8 S16 S16 E8 32 S16
Western Kentucky 20 F4 F4 32 32 S16 RU S16 32 S16 32 32
Washington 19 32 32 32 S16 32 E8 S16 32 32 S16 E8 32 F4 S16
Baylor 18 32 S16 CH S16 32 32 S16 F4 E8 CH S16 E8 E8 E8 E8 S16 CH
Florida State 18 32 32 32 32 32 S16 32 32 E8 32 32 32 E8 S16 E8 32 32
Iowa State 18 32 E8 S16 S16 32 32 32 E8 S16 32 32
George Washington 18 32 32 32 S16 32 E8 32 32 32 32 32 S16 S16
Stephen F. Austin 18 32 32 32 S16 S16 32 S16 S16 S16 32 32
Green Bay 18 32 32 32 S16 32
Middle Tennessee 18 32 32 32 32 32 32 32
Michigan State 17 32 32 32 32 RU S16 32 S16 32 32 32 32 32 32
Ole Miss 17 32 S16 S16 E8 E8 S16 S16 E8 S16 E8 32 E8
Arizona State 17 S16 S16 32 S16 32 E8 32 E8 32 S16 32 32 32 S16
Utah 17 32 32 S16 32 32 E8 32
Liberty 17 S16
Southern California 16 E8 CH CH S16 RU S16 S16 32 E8 S16 E8 32 32 32
South Carolina 16 S16 32 S16 E8 32 S16 32 S16 F4 S16 CH E8 S16
Texas A&M 16 S16 32 E8 S16 32 CH S16 32 E8 32 32 S16 S16
UCLA 16 32 S16 S16 32 E8 32 32 32 32 S16 S16 E8 S16
Clemson 16 32 32 S16 S16 E8 32 32 32 32 32 S16 32 32 32
Kansas State 16 E8 S16 32 S16 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32
Missouri State 15 32 F4 S16 32 32 32 F4 S16
Kentucky 15 E8 32 32 32 E8 32 E8 E8 S16 32 S16 32 32
Oregon 15 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 E8 E8 F4
Florida 15 32 32 E8 S16 32 32 32 32 32
Oklahoma State 15 32 S16 32 S16 32 32 S16 32
Chattanooga 15 32
California 14 32 32 S16 32 F4 32 32 32 32
Nebraska 14 32 32 32 32 S16 S16 32
Miami (FL) 14 S16 32 32 32 32 32 32
UC Santa Barbara 14 32 32 32 32 32 S16
Colorado 13 32 32 E8 S16 E8 32 S16 32 E8 S16
Drake 13 E8 32 32 32 S16
Kansas 13 32 32 32 S16 32 S16 32 S16 S16
Missouri 13 S16 32 32 32 32 S16 32 32 32
BYU 13 32 32 S16 32 S16 32 32
Saint Joseph’s 13 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32
Long Beach State 12 S16 E8 E8 E8 S16 F4 F4 E8 32 S16
James Madison 12 S16 S16 S16 32 S16 32
West Virginia 12 32 S16 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32
Marquette 12 32 32 32 32 32 32
Holy Cross 12 32 32
Saint Francis (PA) 12
Mississippi State 11 32 32 32 32 S16 32 S16 RU RU E8
Syracuse 11 32 32 32 32 RU 32 32
Oregon State 11 S16 32 32 32 32 F4 S16 E8 S16
Arkansas 11 E8 S16 32 F4 32 32 32 32 32
Gonzaga 11 32 S16 E8 S16 S16 32
Villanova 11 32 32 32 32 E8 32 32
Bowling Green 11 32 S16
Temple 11 32 32 32 32 32
Tulane 11 32 32 32
Alabama 10 S16 32 32 F4 S16 S16 S16 S16 32
Minnesota 10 32 32 S16 F4 S16 32 32
Xavier 10 32 E8 E8 32
St. John’s 10 32 32 32 32 32 32 S16 32
Marist 10 S16 32 32 32
Tennessee Tech 10 32 32 32 32 32
San Diego State 9 S16 S16 32 32 S16
Virginia Tech 9 32 32 S16 32 32 32 32
Georgia Tech 9 32 32 32 S16
TCU 9 32 32 32 32 32
South Dakota State 9 32 32 S16
Maine 9 32
Hampton 9
Dayton 8 32 32 E8
Illinois 8 32 32 32 S16 S16 32 32
UNLV 8 32 32 32 S16 32 32
Southern Miss 8 32 32 S16 32
New Mexico 8 S16 32
Michigan 8 32 32 32 32 32
Toledo 8 32 32 32
Princeton 8 32
Boston College 7 32 32 S16 S16 32 S16
Arizona 7 32 S16 32 32 32
Memphis 7 S16 32 32 32
Creighton 7 32 32 32 32 32
Northwestern 7 32 32 32 32 32
SMU 7 32 32 32
Wisconsin 7 32 32
Saint Peter’s 7 32
Dartmouth 7
Austin Peay 7
Fresno State 7
Colorado State 6 32 32 S16 32
Indiana 6 S16 32 32
Florida International 6 32 32 32
South Florida 6 32 32 32
Florida Gulf Coast 6 32 32
Hartford 6 32 32
Little Rock 6 32 32
Harvard 6 32
Albany 6 32
Hawaii 6 32
New Mexico State 6 32
Santa Clara 6 32
Vermont 6 32
Oral Roberts 6
Boise State 6
Grambling 6
Prairie View A&M 6
Robert Morris 6
Central Michigan 5 32 32 S16
Providence 5 S16 32
Quinnipiac 5 S16 32
Illinois State 5 32 32 32
Houston 5 32 32
Kent State 5 32 32
Northern Illinois 5 32 32
Howard 5 32
Penn 5
UCF 5
Belmont 5
Northwestern State 5
Southern 5
Georgetown 4 S16 32 S16 32
Pittsburgh 4 32 S16 S16 32
Southern Illinois 4 32 S16 32
Seton Hall 4 S16 32
Delaware 4 32 S16
San Francisco 4 S16
Cincinnati 4 32
La Salle 4 32
Idaho 4 32
Jackson State 4 32
Appalachian State 4
Bucknell 4
Cal State Northridge 4
Fairfield 4
Manhattan 4
North Carolina A&T 4
Pepperdine 4
Portland 4
Radford 4
UT Martin 4
Cheyney[a] 3 RU S16 F4
Louisiana–Monroe 3 32 S16 F4
Buffalo 3 S16 32
Rice 3 32
Youngstown State 3 32
Fordham 3
Richmond 3
Wichita State 3
Alabama State 3
Alcorn State 3
Army 3
Coppin State 3
East Tennessee State 3
Georgia State 3
Idaho State 3
Lehigh 3
Navy 3
Ohio 3
Sacred Heart 3
San Diego 3
Stetson 3
Tennessee State 3
Troy 3
UC Riverside 3
UNC Asheville 3
Lamar 2 E8
St. Bonaventure 2 S16 32
UAB 2 S16
East Carolina 2 32
Tulsa 2 32
UTEP 2 32
Cal State Fullerton 2 32
Saint Mary's 2 32
Western Michigan 2 32
Charlotte 2
South Dakota 2
Massachusetts 2
UTSA 2
Western Illinois 2
American 2
Central Arkansas 2
Cleveland State 2
Eastern Kentucky 2
Eastern Michigan 2
Elon 2
Evansville 2
Florida A&M 2
Furman 2
Georgia Southern 2
Loyola (MD) 2
McNeese State 2
Mercer 2
Milwaukee 2
Montana State 2
Mount St. Mary’s 2
Northern Iowa 2
Oakland 2
Portland State 2
Samford 2
Southeast Missouri State 2
Texas State 2
Texas–Arlington 2
UC Davis 2
Valparaiso 2
Weber State 2
Western Carolina 2
Wright State 2
Monmouth 1 32
South Carolina State 1 32
New Orleans 1 32
Wake Forest 1 32
Ball State 1 32
Duquesne 1 32
North Texas 1
Eastern Washington 1
South Alabama 1
Eastern Illinois 1
Washington State 1
Brown 1
UC Irvine 1
Butler 1
Rhode Island 1
Marshall 1
Detroit Mercy 1
UNC Greensboro 1
Northeastern 1
Campbell 1
Denver 1
LIU[b] 1
Siena 1
Norfolk State 1
Boston University 1
Colgate 1
Lipscomb 1
Loyola Marymount 1
Canisius 1
Florida Atlantic 1
Northern Arizona 1
Delaware State 1
Louisiana 1
UMBC 1
Cornell 1
Miami (OH) 1
Murray State 1
Wyoming 1
VCU 1
Drexel 1
Gardner–Webb 1
Cal Poly 1
North Dakota 1
Akron 1
Winthrop 1
Savannah State[a] 1
St. Francis Brooklyn 1
Iona 1
Jacksonville 1
Texas Southern 1
Nicholls 1
Northern Colorado 1
Seattle 1
Abilene Christian 1
Bethune–Cookman 1
Towson 1
Notes
  1. ^ a b No longer a member of NCAA Division I (as of 2019–20).
  2. ^ Following the 2019 merger of the LIU Brooklyn and LIU Post athletic programs into a single LIU program, the new program will inherit the athletic history of LIU Brooklyn.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NCAA may move Women's Final Four dates". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  2. ^ Official 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four Record p 75
  3. ^ "Greg Christopher named chair of DI Women's Basketball Committee". NCAA. March 1, 2011.
  4. ^ "2013 NCAA Women's Final Four Records" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d Official 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four Record p 58
  6. ^ Official 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four Record p 67
  7. ^ Official 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four Record p 6,7
  8. ^ a b Official 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four Record p 9
  9. ^ Nixon, Rick. "Official 2017 NCAA Women's Final Four Records Book" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved April 2, 2017.