2013–14 NCAA Division I women's basketball season
|2013–14 NCAA Division I women's basketball season|
|Preseason AP #1||Connecticut|
|Tournament Dates||March 20–April 8, 2014|
|National Championship||Bridgestone Arena
|Other Champions||Rutgers (WNIT)|
|Player of the Year
(Naismith, Wooden, Wade)
|Breanna Stewart (Naismith)
Chiney Ogwumike (Wooden)
Odyssey Sims (Wade)
|NCAA Division I basketball seasons
Milestones and records
- December 8 – Duke coach Joanne McCallie notched her 500th career win in a victory over Oklahoma.
- December 16 – Stanford senior Chiney Ogwumike surpassed 2000 points and 1000 rebounds for her career. She eclipsed the scoring mark in a 32 point game against New Mexico. She became the fifth Cardinal women's player to reach the 2000/1000 milestone.
- December 29 – Wake Forest senior Chelsea Douglas broke the school's single-game scoring record. Douglas scored 48 points in a win over Florida International. The previous record of 40 points was held by Brittany Waters and Liz Strunk.
- Middle Tennessee forward Ebony Rowe, Nebraska forward Jordan Hooper, Maryland forward Alyssa Thomas and Louisville guard Shoni Schimmel each passed the 2,000 point mark for their careers.
Conference membership changes
The 2013–14 season saw the largest wave of membership changes resulting from a major realignment of NCAA Division I conferences. The cycle began in 2010 with the Big Ten and the then-Pac-10 publicly announcing their intentions to expand. The fallout from these conferences' moves later affected a majority of D-I conferences. The most significant developments this season were:
- The original Big East Conference split into football-sponsoring and non-football conferences. The non-football league now operates as the newly chartered Big East Conference, while the football-sponsoring league operates under the old charter as the renamed American Athletic Conference (The American).
- With The American adding four members in 2013 and three more in 2014, all from Conference USA (C-USA), the latter league responded by adding eight members in 2013, plus one more in 2014. Four of the 2013 C-USA arrivals came from the Sun Belt Conference, which itself added five schools (three in 2013 and two in 2014).
- The Western Athletic Conference saw near-total replacement of its membership. Only three schools that had been members in the 2012–13 season—Idaho, New Mexico State, and Seattle—remain in the WAC for 2013–14, and Idaho left for the Big Sky Conference after this season. The WAC's attempts to replenish its membership led to the demise of the Great West Conference.
In addition, four schools began the transition up from Division II starting this season. These schools will be ineligible for NCAA-sponsored postseason play until completing their D-I transitions in 2017.
The 2013–14 season was also the last for several other teams in their current conferences:
- Four schools left the Southern Conference (SoCon). Appalachian State and Georgia Southern left for the Sun Belt, Davidson for the Atlantic 10, and Elon for the CAA.
- East Tennessee State and Mercer left the Atlantic Sun Conference for the SoCon.
- East Carolina, Tulane, and Tulsa left C-USA for The American.
- As noted above, Idaho left the WAC and returned its non-football sports to the Big Sky Conference (after an 18-year absence).
- Louisville and Rutgers both spent only one season in The American; they respectively left for the ACC and Big Ten.
- Maryland left the ACC for the Big Ten.
- Oral Roberts left the Southland and returned to the Summit.
- Western Kentucky left the Sun Belt for C-USA.
- The Nebraska Cornhuskers will leave their home since 1976, the on-campus Bob Devaney Sports Center, for the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln.
- The Towson Tigers will also leave behind a venue that they had occupied since 1976, the Towson Center. Unlike Nebraska, Towson will stay on campus in the new Tiger Arena.
- The four Division I newcomers will all use existing on-campus venues:
- Abilene Christian – Moody Coliseum
- Grand Canyon – Grand Canyon University Arena
- Incarnate Word – McDermott Convocation Center
- UMass Lowell – The River Hawks' main basketball venue is Costello Athletic Center. Another on-campus venue, the Tsongas Center, normally home to the school's ice hockey team, is available for games requiring a larger capacity.
Major rule changes
- The 10-second rule in the backcourt, under which the offensive team must cross the midcourt line within 10 seconds of gaining possession in the backcourt, was introduced to the women's game for the first time. Previously, women's college basketball had been the only level of basketball in the world without a timed backcourt rule.
- If a team calls a timeout within the 30 seconds preceding a scheduled media timeout (the first dead ball after the 16-, 12-, 8-, and 4-minute marks), the called timeout will replace the scheduled media timeout. The only exception to this new rule is the first timeout called by either team in the second half. This change was made only in the women's game, not the men's game.
- Expanded the use of video review as follows:
- Shot-clock violations and who caused the ball to go out-of-bounds in the final 2:00 of regulation or overtime.
- Determine if a field goal is worth two points or three in the final 4:00 of regulation or in the entire overtime period. Any other such review must wait until the next media time-out (16:00, 12:00 and 8:00 as well as the final 4:00 of the first half).
- Change the block/charge rule to not permit a defender from sliding in front of an offensive player at the last second to draw a charge. The defender must be in position when the offensive player begins his upward flight with the ball.
- Increasing emphasis on hand-checking or extended arms on defense.
- Permit the use of video review to determine if an elbow delivered above the shoulders of an opponent warrants a flagrant-1 or -2 foul (as was previously the case), a player control foul, or no call.
The top 25 from the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls.
Conference winners and tournaments
Final Four - Bridgestone Arena
- "Duke women's basketball outlasts Oklahoma for McCallie's 500th win". Duke Chronicle. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- "Ogwumike Becomes Miss 2K". Stanford Cardinal. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- "Douglas sets WFU scoring record". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- "Three Raiders Post Double Figures in Blowout Victory at Clemson". Sports. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- "Jordan Hooper becomes 4th Nebraska player to reach 2,000 points in 88-85 OT win over Minnesota". Sports. Minneapolis Star-Tribune. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
- "Thomas Hits 2000 Career Points at Virginia". Sports. Maryland Terrapins. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- Jones, Steve (20 February 2014). "Shoni Schimmel hits 2,000; Louisville women's victory over Houston not too grand". Louisville Courier-Journal. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- "Rule changes put 10-second backcourt limit in effect for first time" (Press release). NCAA. November 5, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
- "Expansion of Replay Review among changes for NCAA hoops". Retrieved June 25, 2013.
- "Preseason AP Poll". Retrieved October 17, 2013.
- "Preseason Coaches Poll". Retrieved October 17, 2013.