1997 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1997 NCAA Women's Division I
Basketball Tournament
1997WomensFinalFourLogo.jpg
Teams 64
Finals site Riverfront Coliseum
Cincinnati, Ohio
Champions Tennessee (5th title)
Runner-up Old Dominion (2nd title game)
Semifinalists Stanford (6th Final Four)
Notre Dame (1st Final Four)
NCAA Women's Division I Tournaments
«1996 1998»

The 1997 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament began on March 14, 1997 and concluded on March 30, 1997 when Tennessee won the national title. The Final Four was held at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 28 - March 30, 1997. Tennessee, Old Dominion, Stanford, and Notre Dame qualified to the Final Four. Tennessee and Old Dominion won their semi-final Final Four matchups and continued on to the championship. Tennessee defeated Old Dominion 68-59 for their fifth national title.

Tournament records[edit]

  • Field goal percentage—Kristin Folkl, Stamford, hit all eight field goal attempts in the semi-final game against Old Dominion, setting the record for field goal percentage in a Final Four game.
  • Assists—Kellie Jolly, Tennessee, recorded eleven assists in the championship game against Old Dominion, setting the record for most assists in a Final Four game.
  • Field goal percentage—Tennessee hit 29 of 49 field goals attempts(59.2%) in the championship game against Old Dominion, setting the record for the field goal percentage in a Final Four game.[1]

Qualifying teams - automatic[edit]

Sixty-four teams were selected to participate in the 1997 NCAA Tournament. Thirty conferences were eligible for an automatic bid to the 1997 NCAA tournament. [1]

Automatic Bids
    Record  
Qualifying School Conference Regular
Season
Conference Seed
Auburn University SEC 21–9 5–7 7
University of Colorado at Boulder Big 12 21–8 12–4 2
University of Connecticut Big East 30–0 18–0 1
University of Detroit Mercy Midwestern Collegiate 23–6 14–2 14
Drake University Missouri Valley Conference 23–7 14–4 13
Eastern Kentucky University Ohio Valley Conference 24–5 16–2 15
Florida International University Trans America 21–8 12–4 14
Grambling State University SWAC 24–5 14–0 14
Harvard University Ivy League 20–6 14–0 16
Howard University MEAC 24–5 18–0 16
University of Iowa Big Ten 17–11 9–7 9
Lehigh University Patriot League 15–14 7–5 16
Liberty University Big South Conference 22–7 9–5 16
Louisiana Tech University Sun Belt Conference 29–3 12–2 2
University of Maine America East 22–7 17–1 13
Marshall University Southern Conference 18–11 9–5 15
University of Montana Big Sky Conference 25–3 16–0 9
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ACC 27–2 15–1 1
Old Dominion University Colonial 29–1 16–0 1
San Diego State University WAC 23–6 15–1 11
University of San Francisco West Coast Conference 25–5 11–3 11
St. Francis (PA) Northeast Conference 19–10 16–2 15
Saint Joseph's University Atlantic 10 25–4 15–1 7
Saint Peter's College MAAC 25–3 14–0 15
Stanford University Pac-12 30–1 18–0 1
Texas Southern University Southland 17–11 11–5 14
University of Toledo MAC 27–3 16–2 10
Troy University Mid-Continent 23–6 13–3 13
Tulane University Conference USA 26–4 12–2 4
University of California, Santa Barbara Big West Conference 24–5 14–1 13

Qualifying teams - at-large[edit]

Thirty-four additional teams were selected to complete the sixty-four invitations.[1]

At-large Bids
    Record  
Qualifying School Conference Regular
Season
Conference Seed
University of Alabama Southeastern 23–6 10–2 2
University of Arizona Pacific-10 22–7 12–6 7
Clemson University Atlantic Coast 19–10 8–8 5
DePaul University Conference USA 20–8 10–4 12
Duke University Atlantic Coast 18–10 9–7 5
University of Florida Southeastern 21–8 9–3 3
The George Washington University Atlantic 10 25–5 16–0 5
University of Georgia Southeastern 22–5 11–1 2
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Big Ten 22–7 12–4 4
Iowa State University Big 12 17–11 9–7 12
University of Kansas Big 12 24–5 14–2 3
Kansas State University Big 12 19–11 9–7 10
University of Louisville Conference USA 20–8 12–2 10
Louisiana State University Southeastern 23–4 9–3 4
Marquette University Conference USA 20–9 10–4 12
University of Maryland, College Park Atlantic Coast 18–9 9–7 9
University of Memphis Conference USA 22–6 12–2 11
Michigan State University Big Ten 21–7 12–4 8
North Carolina State University Atlantic Coast 19–11 9–7 8
Northwestern University Big Ten 17–10 9–7 12
University of Notre Dame Big East 27–6 17–1 6
University of Oregon Pacific-10 21–6 14–4 6
University of Portland West Coast 27–2 14–0 9
Purdue University Big Ten 16–10 12–4 8
University of Southern California Pacific-10 18–9 13–5 6
Stephen F. Austin State University Southland 27–4 16–0 7
University of Tennessee Southeastern 23–10 8–4 3
University of Texas at Austin Big 12 21–7 12–4 3
Texas Tech University Big 12 19–8 11–5 8
University of Utah Western Athletic 24–5 15–1 5
Vanderbilt University Southeastern 18–10 6–6 6
University of Virginia Atlantic Coast 21–7 12–4 4
University of Washington Pacific-10 17–11 12–6 11
Western Kentucky University Sun Belt 22–8 12–2 10

Bids by conference[edit]

Thirty conferences earned an automatic bid. In eighteen cases, the automatic bid was the only representative from the conference. Thirty-four additional at-large teams were selected from twelve of the conferences.[1]

Bids Conference Teams
7 Southeastern Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
6 Atlantic Coast North Carolina, Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina St., Virginia
6 Big 12 Colorado, Iowa St., Kansas, Kansas St., Texas, Texas Tech
5 Big Ten Iowa, Illinois, Michigan St., Northwestern, Purdue
5 Conference USA Tulane, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette, Memphis
5 Pacific-10 Stanford, Arizona, Oregon, Southern California, Washington
2 Atlantic 10 St. Joseph’s, George Washington
2 Big East Connecticut, Notre Dame
2 Southland Texas St., Stephen F. Austin
2 Sun Belt Louisiana Tech, Western Ky.
2 West Coast San Francisco, Portland
2 Western Athletic San Diego St., Utah
1 America East Maine
1 Big Sky Montana
1 Big South Liberty
1 Big West UC Santa Barb.
1 Colonial Old Dominion
1 Ivy Harvard
1 Metro Atlantic St. Peter’s
1 Mid-American Toledo
1 Mid-Continent Troy
1 Mid-Eastern Howard
1 Midwestern Detroit
1 Missouri Valley Drake
1 Northeast St. Francis
1 Ohio Valley Eastern Ky.
1 Patriot Lehigh
1 Southern Marshall
1 Southwestern Grambling
1 Trans America FIU

First and second rounds[edit]

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Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill
Austin
Austin
Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa
Washington
Washington
Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge
Norfolk
Norfolk
Ruston
Ruston
Gainesville
Gainesville
Knoxville
Knoxville
Boulder
Boulder
Storrs
Storrs
Champaign
Champaign
Athens
Athens
Charlottesville
Charlottesville
Stanford
Stanford
Lawrence
Lawrence
1997 NCAA NCAA first and second round venues

In 1997, the field remained at 64 teams. The teams were seeded, and assigned to four geographic regions, with seeds 1-16 in each region. In Round 1, seeds 1 and 16 faced each other, as well as seeds 2 and 15, seeds 3 and 14, seeds 4 and 13, seeds 5 and 12, seeds 6 and 11, seeds 7 and 10, and seeds 8 and 9. In the first two rounds, the top four seeds were given the opportunity to host the first round game. In most cases, the higher seed accepted the opportunity. The exception:[2]

  • Fourth seeded Tulane was unable to host due to a "facility/hotel availability conflict",[3] so fifth seeded George Washington hosted three first and second round games

The following table lists the region, host school, venue and the sixteen first and second round locations:

Region Rnd Host Venue City State
East 1&2 University of North Carolina Carmichael Auditorium Chapel Hill North Carolina
East 1&2 University of Texas Frank Erwin Center Austin Texas
East 1&2 University of Alabama Coleman Coliseum Tuscaloosa Alabama
East 1&2 George Washington University Charles E. Smith Athletic Center Washington District of Columbia
Mideast 1&2 Louisiana State University LSU Assembly Center (Pete Maravich Assembly Center) Baton Rouge Louisiana
Mideast 1&2 Old Dominion University Old Dominion University Fieldhouse Norfolk Virginia
Mideast 1&2 Louisiana Tech University Thomas Assembly Center Ruston Louisiana
Mideast 1&2 University of Florida O'Connell Center Gainesville Florida
Midwest 1&2 University of Tennessee Thompson-Boling Arena Knoxville Tennessee
Midwest 1&2 University of Colorado CU Events Center (Coors Events Center) Boulder Colorado
Midwest 1&2 University of Connecticut Harry A. Gampel Pavilion Storrs Connecticut
Midwest 1&2 University of Illinois Assembly Hall (Champaign) Champaign Illinois
West 1&2 University of Georgia Georgia Coliseum (Stegeman Coliseum) Athens Georgia
West 1&2 University of Virginia University Hall (University of Virginia) Charlottesville Virginia
West 1&2 Stanford University Maples Pavilion Stanford California
West 1&2 University of Kansas Allen Field House Lawrence Kansas

Regionals and Final Four[edit]

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Columbia
Columbia
West Lafayette
West Lafayette
Iowa City
Iowa City
Missoula
Missoula
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
1997 NCAA Regionals and Final Four

The Regionals, named for the general location, were held from March 22 to March 24 at these sites:

Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four held March 28 and March 30 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Riverfront Coliseum

Bids by state[edit]

The sixty-four teams came from thirty-two states, plus Washington, D.C. California had the most teams with five bids. Eighteen states did not have any teams receiving bids.[1]

NCAA Women's basketball Tournament invitations by state 1997
Bids State Teams
5 California San Diego St., San Francisco, Stanford, UC Santa Barb., Southern California
4 Louisiana Grambling, Louisiana Tech, Tulane, LSU
4 Texas Texas St., Stephen F. Austin, Texas, Texas Tech
3 Alabama Auburn, Troy, Alabama
3 Illinois DePaul, Illinois, Northwestern
3 Iowa Drake, Iowa, Iowa St.
3 Kentucky Eastern Ky., Louisville, Western Ky.
3 North Carolina North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina St.
3 Tennessee Memphis, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
3 Virginia Liberty, Old Dominion, Virginia
2 District of Columbia Howard, George Washington
2 Florida FIU, Florida
2 Indiana Notre Dame, Purdue
2 Kansas Kansas, Kansas St.
2 Michigan Detroit, Michigan St.
2 Oregon Oregon, Portland
2 Pennsylvania Lehigh, St. Joseph’s
1 Arizona Arizona
1 Colorado Colorado
1 Connecticut Connecticut
1 Georgia Georgia
1 Maine Maine
1 Maryland Maryland
1 Massachusetts Harvard
1 Montana Montana
1 New Jersey St. Peter’s
1 New York St. Francis
1 Ohio Toledo
1 South Carolina Clemson
1 Utah Utah
1 Washington Washington
1 West Virginia Marshall
1 Wisconsin Marquette

Brackets[edit]

Data source[4]

East Region[edit]

First round
March 14 and 15

Higher Seed's Home Court

Second round
March 16 and 17

Higher Seed's Home Court

Regional semifinals
March 22

Carolina Coliseum

Columbia, SC

Regional finals
March 24

Carolina Coliseum

Columbia, SC

                       
1 North Carolina 78
16 Harvard 53
1 North Carolina 81
8 Michigan State 71
8 Michigan State 75
9 Portland 70
1 North Carolina 46
5 George Washington 55
5 George Washington* 61
12 Northwestern 46
5 George Washington* 81
4 Tulane 67
4 Tulane 72
13 UCSB 69
5 George Washington 52
6 Notre Dame 62
6 Notre Dame 93
11 Memphis 62
6 Notre Dame 86
3 Texas 83
3 Texas 66
14 SW Texas State 38
6 Notre Dame 87
2 Alabama 71
7 Saint Joseph's 70
10 Kansas State 52
7 Saint Joseph's 52
2 Alabama 61
2 Alabama 94
15 St. Francis (PA) 50

NOTE: George Washington was a host as a #5 seed, as #4 seed Tulane's facility was considered inadequate by the NCAA.

Mideast Region[edit]

First round
March 14 and 15

Higher Seed's Home Court

Second round
March 16 and 17

Higher Seed's Home Court

Regional semifinals
March 22

Mackey Arena

West Lafayette, IN

Regional finals
March 24

Mackey Arena

West lafayette, IN

                       
1 Old Dominion 102
16 Liberty 52
1 Old Dominion 69
8 Purdue 65
8 Purdue 74
9 Maryland 48
1 Old Dominion 62
4 LSU 49
5 Clemson 66
12 Marquette 70
12 Marquette 58
4 LSU 71
4 LSU 88
13 Maine 79
1 Old Dominion 53
3 Florida 51
6 USC 68
11 San Francisco 55
6 USC 78
3 Florida 92
3 Florida 92
14 FIU 68
3 Florida 71
2 Louisiana Tech 57
7 Auburn 68
10 Louisville 65
7 Auburn 48
2 Louisiana Tech 74
2 Louisiana Tech 94
15 Saint Peter's 50

Midwest Region[edit]

First round
March 14 and 15

Higher Seed's Home Court

Second round
March 16 and 17

Higher Seed's Home Court

Regional semifinals
March 22

Carver–Hawkeye Arena

Iowa City, Iowa

Regional finals
March 24

Carver–Hawkeye Arena

Iowa City, Iowa

                       
1 Connecticut 103
16 Lehigh 35
1 Connecticut 72
9 Iowa 53
8 North Carolina State 50
9 Iowa 56
1 Connecticut 78
4 Illinois 73
5 Duke 70
12 DePaul 56
5 Duke 65
4 Illinois 67
4 Illinois 79
13 Drake 62
1 Connecticut 81
3 Tennessee 91
6 Oregon 79
11 San Diego State 62
6 Oregon 59
3 Tennessee 76
3 Tennessee 91
14 Grambling State 54
3 Tennessee 75
2 Colorado 67
7 Stephen F. Austin 79
10 Toledo 66
7 Stephen F. Austin 74
2 Colorado 75
2 Colorado 69
15 Marshall 49

West Region[edit]

First round
March 14 and 15

Higher Seed's Home Court

Second round
March 16 and 17

Higher Seed's Home Court

Regional semifinals
March 22

Dahlberg Arena

Missoula, MT

Regional finals
March 24

Dahlberg Arena

Missoula, MT

                       
1 Stanford 111
16 Howard 59
1 Stanford 67
8 Texas Tech 45
8 Texas Tech 47
9 Montana 45
1 Stanford 91
4 Virginia 69
5 Utah 66
12 Iowa State 57
5 Utah 46
4 Virginia 65
4 Virginia 96
13 Troy State 74
1 Stanford 82
2 Georgia 47
6 Vanderbilt 74
11 Washington 62
6 Vanderbilt 51
3 Kansas 44
3 Kansas 81
14 Detroit 67
6 Vanderbilt 52
2 Georgia 66
7 Arizona 76
10 Western Kentucky 54
7 Arizona 74
2 Georgia 80
2 Georgia 95
15 Eastern Kentucky 55

Final Four[edit]

National Semifinals
March 28

Riverfront Coliseum

Cincinnati, OH

National Championship
March 30

Riverfront Coliseum

Cincinnati, OH

           
6E Notre Dame 66
3MW Tennessee 80
3MW Tennessee 68
1ME Old Dominion 59
1ME Old Dominion 83
1W Stanford 82

E-East; ME-Mideast; MW-Midwest; W-West.


Record by conference[edit]

Thirteen conferences had more than one bid, or at least one win in NCAA Tournament play:[1]

Conference # of Bids Record Win % Round
of 32
Sweet
Sixteen
Elite
Eight
Final
Four
Championship
Game
Southeastern 7 19–6 .760 7 6 3 1 1
Atlantic Coast 6 5–6 .455 3 2
Big 12 6 5–6 .455 4 1
Pacific-10 5 7–5 .583 4 1 1 1
Big Ten 5 5–5 .500 4 1
Conference USA 5 2–5 .286 2
Big East 2 7–2 .778 2 2 2 1
Atlantic 10 2 4–2 .667 2 1 1
Sun Belt 2 2–2 .500 1 1
Southland 2 1–2 .333 1
Western Athletic 2 1–2 .333 1
West Coast 2 0–2
Colonial 1 5–1 .833 1 1 1 1 1

Seventeen conferences went 0-1: America East, Big Sky Conference, Big South Conference, Big West Conference, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, Mid-Continent, MEAC, Midwestern Collegiate, Missouri Valley Conference, Northeast Conference, Ohio Valley Conference, Patriot League, Southern Conference, SWAC, and Trans America [1]

All-Tournament Team[edit]

Game Officials[edit]

  • Sally Bell (Semi-Final)
  • Carla Fujimoto (Semi-Final)
  • Ray Bomeli (Semi-Final)
  • John Morningstar (Semi-Final)
  • Scott Yarbrough (Semi-Final)
  • Judy Schneider (Semi-Final)
  • Yvette McKinney (Final)
  • Dee Kantner (Final)
  • Violet Palmer (Final) [1]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Nixon, Rick. "Official 2022 NCAA Women's Final Four Records Book". NCAA. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Attendance and Sites". NCAA. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Voepel, Mechelle (November 20, 2006). "Predetermined sites haven't boosted attendance". ESPN. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Official 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four Records Book". NCAA. February 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-17.