1998 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1998 NCAA Women's Division I
Basketball Tournament
1998WomensFinalFourLogo.jpg
Teams 64
Finals site Kemper Arena
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions Tennessee (6th title)
Runner-up Louisiana Tech (6th title game)
Semifinalists NC State (1st Final Four)
Arkansas (1st Final Four)
NCAA Women's Division I Tournaments
«1997 1999»

The 1998 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament began on March 13, 1998 and concluded on March 29, 1998 when Tennessee won the national title. The Final Four was held at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri on March 27 - March 29, 1998. Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, NC State, and Arkansas qualified to the Final Four. Tennessee and Louisiana Tech won their semi-final Final Four matchups and continued on to the championship. Tennessee defeated Louisiana Tech 93-75 to take their sixth title, and complete an undefeated season (39-0).

For the first time in the men's or women's tournament, two teams, Tennessee and Liberty, entered the tournament unbeaten (this feat was replicated in 2014 by the women's teams from Connecticut and Notre Dame). In the Mideast Regional, the Lady Vols blew out Liberty 102-58. However, in the West Regional, the expected 1-16 blowout did not happen. In that matchup, Harvard defeated #1 seed Stanford on its home court 71-67, the only time in the men's or women's tournament that a 16 has ever beaten a 1. In addition, 9th-seeded Arkansas made the final four, the highest seed ever to do so in the women's tournament.

Tournament records[edit]

  • Free throws—Chastity Melvin, North Carolina State, attempted 15 free throws in the semi-final game against Louisiana Tech, setting the record for most free throw attempts in a Final Four game.
  • Winning margin—Tennessee defeated Arkansas 86–58 in the semi-final game. The winning margin of 28 points set the record for winning margin in a Final Four game.
  • Three-point field goals—Julie Krommenhoek completed eight three-point field goals in a first round game in the West region, setting the record for most three-point field goals scored in an NCAA tournament game.
  • Three-point field goal percentage—Kellie Jolly, Tennessee hit four of five three-point field goal attempts(80%) in the championship game against Louisiana Tech, tying a record for three-point field goal percentage in a Final Four game, held by four other players.
  • Steals—Ticha Penicheiro, Old Dominion, recorded fourteen steals, setting the record for most steals in an NCAA tournament game, since the statistic was first recorded in 1988.
  • Free throws—Purdue made 39 free throws in a Midwest region first round game against Washington, setting the record for most free throws scored in an NCAA tournament game.
  • Field goals made—Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee, scored 64 field goals in the tournament, setting the record for most field goals made in a tournament.
  • Field goals attempted—Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee, attempted 131 field goals in the tournament, setting the record for most field goals attempted in a tournament.
  • Steals—Ticha Penicheiro, Old Dominion, recorded 23 steals, setting the record for most steals in an NCAA tournament, since the statistic was first recorded in 1988.
  • Furthest advance—Harvard, as a 16 seed, advanced to the second round, representing the only time a 16 seed has advanced.[1]

Qualifying teams - automatic[edit]

Sixty-four teams were selected to participate in the 1998 NCAA Tournament. Thirty conferences were eligible for an automatic bid to the 1998 NCAA tournament.[1]

Automatic Bids
    Record  
Qualifying School Conference Regular
Season
Conference Seed
University of Connecticut Big East 31–2 17–1 2
Drake University Missouri Valley Conference 25–4 17–1 5
Fairfield University MAAC 20–9 14–4 15
Florida International University Trans America 28–1 15–1 7
Grambling State University SWAC 23–6 14–2 16
University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Horizon League 21–8 11–3 14
Harvard University Ivy League 22–4 12–2 16
College of the Holy Cross Patriot League 21–8 10–2 14
Howard University MEAC 23–6 16–2 15
Kent State University MAC 23–6 18–0 13
Liberty University Big South Conference 28–0 12–0 16
Louisiana Tech University Sun Belt Conference 26–3 13–1 3
University of Maine America East 21–8 13–5 13
University of Memphis Conference USA 22–7 14–2 5
Middle Tennessee State University Ohio Valley Conference 18–11 11–7 15
University of Montana Big Sky Conference 24–5 15–1 14
University of New Mexico WAC 26–6 10–4 8
University of North Carolina ACC 24–6 11–5 2
Old Dominion University Colonial 27–2 16–0 1
Purdue University Big Ten 20–9 10–6 4
Santa Clara University West Coast Conference 23–7 11–3 14
St. Francis (PA) Northeast Conference 22–7 14–2 16
Stanford University Pac-12 21–5 17–1 1
Stephen F. Austin State University Southland 25–3 15–1 9
University of Tennessee SEC 33–0 14–0 1
Texas Tech University Big 12 Conference 25–4 15–1 1
University of California, Santa Barbara Big West Conference 26–5 14–1 11
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Southern Conference 21–8 12–4 15
Virginia Tech Atlantic 10 21–9 11–5 11
Youngstown State University Mid-Continent 27–2 15–1 12

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 22–9 10–4 2
University of Arizona Pacific-10 21–6 14–4 3
University of Arkansas Southeastern 18–10 7–7 9
Clemson University Atlantic Coast 24–7 12–4 6
Colorado State University Western Athletic 23–5 11–3 12
Duke University Atlantic Coast 21–7 13–3 2
University of Florida Southeastern 21–8 10–4 3
The George Washington University Atlantic 10 19–9 12–4 10
University of Georgia Southeastern 17–10 8–6 7
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Western Athletic 24–3 13–1 8
University of Illinois Big Ten 18–9 12–4 3
University of Iowa Big Ten 17–10 13–3 4
Iowa State University Big 12 24–7 12–4 4
University of Kansas Big 12 21–8 11–5 5
University of Louisville Conference USA 19–11 12–4 10
Marquette University Conference USA 22–6 13–3 10
University of Massachusetts Atlantic 10 19–10 11–5 13
Miami University Big East 19–9 13–5 11
University of Michigan Big Ten 19–9 10–6 10
Missouri State University Missouri Valley 24–5 14–4 8
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Big 12 22–9 11–5 9
North Carolina State University Atlantic Coast 21–6 12–4 4
University of Notre Dame Big East 20–9 12–6 9
University of Oregon Pacific-10 17–9 13–5 12
Rutgers University Big East 20–9 14–4 5
Southern Methodist University Western Athletic 21–7 11–3 11
Tulane University Conference USA 21–6 12–4 12
University of California, Los Angeles Pacific-10 19–8 14–4 7
University of Utah Western Athletic 21–5 11–3 7
Vanderbilt University Southeastern 20–8 9–5 6
University of Virginia Atlantic Coast 18–9 9–7 6
University of Washington Pacific-10 18–9 9–9 13
Western Kentucky University Sun Belt 25–8 12–2 8
University of Wisconsin–Madison Big Ten 21–9 9–7 6

Bids by conference[edit]

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

Bids Conference Teams
6 Southeastern Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Vanderbilt
5 Atlantic Coast North Carolina, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina St., Virginia
5 Big Ten Purdue, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin
5 Pacific-10 Stanford, Arizona, Oregon, UCLA, Washington
5 Western Athletic New Mexico, Colorado St., Hawaii, SMU, Utah
4 Big 12 Texas Tech, Iowa St., Kansas, Nebraska
4 Big East Connecticut, Miami, Notre Dame, Rutgers
4 Conference USA Memphis, Louisville, Marquette, Tulane
3 Atlantic 10 Virginia Tech, George Washington, Massachusetts
2 Missouri Valley Drake, Missouri St.
2 Sun Belt Louisiana Tech, Western Ky.
1 America East Maine
1 Big Sky Montana
1 Big South Liberty
1 Big West UC Santa Barb.
1 Colonial Old Dominion
1 Horizon Green Bay
1 Ivy Harvard
1 Metro Atlantic Fairfield
1 Mid-American Kent St.
1 Mid-Continent Youngstown St.
1 Mid-Eastern Howard
1 Northeast St. Francis
1 Ohio Valley Middle Tenn.
1 Patriot Holy Cross
1 Southern UNC Greensboro
1 Southland Stephen F. Austin
1 Southwestern Grambling
1 Trans America FIU
1 West Coast Santa Clara

First and second rounds[edit]

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Norfolk
Norfolk
Raleigh
Raleigh
Storrs
Storrs
Tucson
Tucson
Chapel  Hill
Chapel Hill
Knoxville
Knoxville
Champaign
Champaign
Ames
Ames
Ruston
Ruston
West  Lafayette
West Lafayette
Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa
Lubbock
Lubbock
Iowa City
Iowa City
Stanford
Stanford
Gainesville
Gainesville
Durham
Durham
1998 NCAA NCAA first and second round venues

In 1998, 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 all cases, the higher seed accepted the opportunity.

The following table lists the region, host school, venue and the sixteen first and second round locations:[2]

Region Rnd Host Venue City State
East 1&2 Old Dominion University Old Dominion University Fieldhouse Norfolk Virginia
East 1&2 North Carolina State University Reynolds Coliseum Raleigh North Carolina
East 1&2 University of Connecticut Harry A. Gampel Pavilion Storrs Connecticut
East 1&2 University of Arizona McKale Center Tucson Arizona
Mideast 1&2 University of North Carolina Carmichael Auditorium Chapel Hill North Carolina
Mideast 1&2 University of Tennessee Thompson-Boling Arena Knoxville Tennessee
Midwest 1&2 University of Illinois Assembly Hall (Champaign) Champaign Illinois
Mideast 1&2 Iowa State University Hilton Coliseum Ames Iowa
Midwest 1&2 Louisiana Tech University Thomas Assembly Center Ruston Louisiana
Midwest 1&2 Purdue University Mackey Arena West Lafayette Indiana
Midwest 1&2 University of Alabama Coleman Coliseum Tuscaloosa Alabama
Midwest 1&2 Texas Tech University Lubbock Municipal Coliseum Lubbock Texas
West 1&2 University of Iowa Carver–Hawkeye Arena Iowa City Indiana
West 1&2 Stanford University Maples Pavilion Stanford California
West 1&2 University of Florida O'Connell Center Gainesville Florida
West 1&2 Duke University Cameron Indoor Stadium Durham North Carolina

Regionals and Final Four[edit]

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Nashville
Nashville
Lubbock
Lubbock
Dayton
Dayton
Oakland
Oakland
Kansas  City
Kansas City
1998 NCAA Regionals and Final Four

The Regionals, named for the general location, were held from March 20 to March 23 at these sites:

Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four held March 27 and March 29 in Kansas City, Missouri at the Kemper Arena

Bids by state[edit]

The sixty-four teams came from thirty-four states, plus Washington, D.C. Four states, California, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina each had the most teams with four bids. Sixteen states did not have any teams receiving bids.[1]

NCAA Women's basketball Tournament invitations by state 1998
Bids State Teams
4 California Santa Clara, Stanford, UC Santa Barb., UCLA
4 North Carolina North Carolina, UNC Greensboro, Duke, North Carolina St.
4 Tennessee Memphis, Middle Tenn., Tennessee, Vanderbilt
4 Virginia Liberty, Old Dominion, Virginia Tech, Virginia
3 Florida FIU, Florida, Miami
3 Iowa Drake, Iowa, Iowa St.
3 Louisiana Grambling, Louisiana Tech, Tulane
3 Massachusetts Harvard, Holy Cross, Massachusetts
3 Texas Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, SMU
3 Wisconsin Green Bay, Marquette, Wisconsin
2 Connecticut Connecticut, Fairfield
2 District of Columbia Howard, George Washington
2 Indiana Purdue, Notre Dame
2 Kentucky Louisville, Western Ky.
2 Ohio Kent St., Youngstown St.
1 Alabama Alabama
1 Arizona Arizona
1 Arkansas Arkansas
1 Colorado Colorado St.
1 Georgia Georgia
1 Hawaii Hawaii
1 Illinois Illinois
1 Kansas Kansas
1 Maine Maine
1 Michigan Michigan
1 Missouri Missouri St.
1 Montana Montana
1 Nebraska Nebraska
1 New Jersey Rutgers
1 New Mexico New Mexico
1 New York St. Francis
1 Oregon Oregon
1 South Carolina Clemson
1 Utah Utah
1 Washington Washington

Brackets[edit]

Data source[1]

East Region[edit]

First round
March 13 and 14
Second round
March 15 and 16
Regional semifinals
March 21
Regional finals
March 23
                       
1 Old Dominion 92
16 St. Francis, PA 39
1 Old Dominion 75
Norfolk, VA
9 Nebraska 60
8 New Mexico 59
9 Nebraska 76
1 Old Dominion 72
4 North Carolina State 74
5 Memphis 80
12 Youngstown State 91
12 Youngstown State 61
Raleigh, NC
4 North Carolina State 81
4 North Carolina State 89
13 Maine 64
4 North Carolina State 60
2 Connecticut 52
6 Virginia 77
11 SMU 68
6 Virginia 77
Tucson, AZ
3 Arizona 94
3 Arizona 75
14 Santa Clara 63
3 Arizona 57
2 Connecticut 74
7 Georgia 72
10 George Washington 74
10 George Washington 67
Storrs, CT
2 Connecticut 75
2 Connecticut 93
15 Fairfield 52

Mideast Region[edit]

First round
March 12 and 13

Higher Seed's Home Court

Second round
March 14 and 15

Higher Seed's Home Court

Regional semifinals
March 21

Memorial Gymnasium

Nashville, TN

Regional finals
March 23

Memorial Gymnasium

Nashville, TN

                       
1 Tennessee 102
16 Liberty 58
1 Tennessee 82
8 Western Kentucky 62
8 Western Kentucky 88
9 Stephen F. Austin 76
1 Tennessee 92
5 Rutgers 60
5 Rutgers 79
12 Oregon 76
5 Rutgers 62
4 Iowa State 61
4 Iowa State 79
13 Kent State 76
1 Tennessee 76
2 North Carolina 70
6 Vanderbilt 71
11 UC Santa Barbara 76
11 UC Santa Barbara 65
3 Illinois 69
3 Illinois 82
14 UW-Green Bay 58
3 Illinois 74
2 North Carolina 80
7 Florida Int'l 59
10 Marquette 45
7 Florida International 72
2 North Carolina 85
2 North Carolina 91
15 Howard 71

Midwest Region[edit]

First round
March 12 and 13

Higher Seed's Home Court

Second round
March 14 and 15

Higher Seed's Home Court

Regional semifinals
March 20

Lubbock Municipal Coliseum

Lubbock, TX

Regional finals
March 22

Lubbock Municipal Coliseum

Lubbock, TX

                       
1 Texas Tech 87
16 Grambling State 75
1 Texas Tech 59
9 Notre Dame 74
8 SW Missouri State 64
9 Notre Dame 78
9 Notre Dame 65
4 Purdue 70
5 Drake 75
12 Colorado State 81
12 Colorado State 63
4 Purdue 77
4 Purdue 88
13 Washington 71
4 Purdue 65
3 Louisiana Tech 72
6 Clemson 60
11 Miami 49
6 Clemson 52
3 Louisiana Tech 74
3 Louisiana Tech 86
14 Holy Cross 58
3 Louisiana Tech 71
2 Alabama 57
7 UCLA 65
10 Michigan 58
7 UCLA 74
2 Alabama 75
2 Alabama 94
15 UNC-Greensboro 46

West Region[edit]

First round
March 12 and 13

Higher Seed's Home Court

Second round
March 14 and 15

Higher Seed's Home Court

Regional semifinals
March 20

The New Arena

Oakland, CA

Regional finals
March 22

The New Arena

Oakland, CA

                       
1 Stanford 67
16 Harvard 71
16 Harvard 64
9 Arkansas 82
8 Hawaiʻi 70
9 Arkansas 76
9 Arkansas 79
5 Kansas 63
5 Kansas 72
12 Tulane 68
5 Kansas 62
4 Iowa 58
4 Iowa 77
13 Massachusetts 59
9 Arkansas 77
2 Duke 72
6 Wisconsin 64
11 Virginia Tech 75
11 Virginia Tech 57
3 Florida 89
3 Florida 85
14 Montana 64
3 Florida 58
2 Duke 71
7 Utah 61
10 Louisville 69
10 Louisville 53
2 Duke 69
2 Duke 92
15 Middle Tennessee 67

Final Four[edit]

National Semifinals
March 27
National Championship
March 29
           
4E NC State 65
3MW Louisiana Tech 84
3MW Louisiana Tech 75
1ME Tennessee 93
1ME Tennessee 86
9W Arkansas 58

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


Record by conference[edit]

Sixteen 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 6 14–5 .737 4 4 2 2 1
Atlantic Coast 5 12–5 .706 5 3 3 1
Big Ten 5 6–5 .545 3 2 1
Pacific-10 5 3–5 .375 2 1
Western Athletic 5 1–5 .167 1
Big East 4 7–4 .636 3 3 1
Big 12 4 5–4 .556 4 1
Conference USA 4 1–4 .200 1
Atlantic 10 3 2–3 .400 2
Sun Belt 2 6–2 .750 2 1 1 1 1
Missouri Valley 2 0–2
Colonial 1 2–1 .667 1 1
Big West 1 1–1 .500 1
Ivy 1 1–1 .500 1
Mid-Continent 1 1–1 .500 1
Trans America 1 1–1 .500 1

Fourteen conferences went 0-1: America East, Big Sky Conference, Big South Conference, Horizon League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Northeast Conference, Ohio Valley Conference, Patriot League, Southern Conference, Southland, SWAC, and West Coast Conference [1]

All-Tournament Team[edit]

Game Officials[edit]

  • Art Bomengen (Semi-Final)
  • Melissa Barlow (Semi-Final)
  • Karen Wilhite (Semi-Final)
  • Dennis Mayer (Semi-Final)
  • Scott Yarbrough (Semi-Final)
  • Teresa Dahlem (Semi-Final)
  • Sally Bell (Final)
  • Bob Trammell (Final)
  • Wesley Dean (Final) [1]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Nixon, Rick. "Official 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four Records Book". NCAA. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Attendance and Sites". NCAA. Retrieved 19 March 2012.