AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament

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AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament
Formerly CIAW Tournament
Replaced by NCAA Tournament
Sport Basketball
Founded 1972
No. of teams 16 / 24
Country  United States
Ceased 1982
Most titles Immaculata, Delta State (3 each)
TV partner(s) NBC (championship game)

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]

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.

Women's AIAW Division I basketball champions[edit]

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

AIAW semifinals by school[edit]

School Number
Immaculata 6
Tennessee 4
Delta State, S. Connecticut St., Wayland Baptist, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion 3
Cal State Fullerton, Mississippi State College for Women, William Penn, UCLA 2
West Chester State, Indiana, Queens College, LSU, Mississippi College, Montclair State, Maryland, South Carolina,

Southern California, Rutgers, Villanova, Texas

1

1972 tournament[edit]

The first AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament was held on March 16–19, 1972. The host site was Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Sixteen teams participated. Immaculata University, coached by Hall-of-Famer Cathy Rush, was crowned national champion at the conclusion of the tournament.[1][8][9][10]

Main bracket[edit]

First Round*
March 16, 1972
Quarterfinals
March 17, 1972
Semifinals
March 18, 1972
Final
March 19, 1972
                           
           
 Immaculata  60
 South Dakota St.  47  
 Immaculata  49
   Indiana  46  
 Indiana  49
 S. Connecticut St.  30  
 Immaculata  46
   Mississippi St. College  43  
 Mississippi St. College  64
 Illinois State  47  
 Mississippi St. College  43
   Tennessee-Martin  25  
 Tennessee-Martin  53
 Long Beach State  43  
 Immaculata  52
   West Chester State  48
 West Chester State  79
 Utah State  45  
 West Chester State  66
   Northern Illinois  54  
 Northern Illinois  50
 Washington State  43  
 West Chester State  62
   Cal State Fullerton  57   Third Place
 Cal State Fullerton  65
 Tennessee Tech  56  
 Cal State Fullerton  53  Mississippi St. College  42
   Phillips  38    Cal State Fullerton  52
 Phillips  54
 Queens College  43  
*Losers in the First Round continued in the consolation bracket (below)

Consolation bracket[edit]

First Round
March 18, 1972
Second Round
March 18, 1972
Fifth Place Game
March 19, 1972
                 
South Dakota St. 34
S. Connecticut St. 72
S. Connecticut St. 42
Long Beach State 48
Illinois State 41
Long Beach State 59
Long Beach State 51
Queens College 55
Utah State 40
Washington State 37
Utah State 57
Queens College 65
Tennessee Tech 63
Queens College 64

1973 tournament[edit]

The 1973 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament was held on March 22–25, 1973. The host site was Queens College in Flushing, New York. Sixteen teams participated, and Immaculata University was crowned national champion at the conclusion of the tournament, for the second straight year.[1][9][11][12]

Immaculata finished the season undefeated (20–0), becoming the first undefeated national champion in women's college basketball.[13]

Main bracket[edit]

First Round*
March 22, 1973
Quarterfinals
March 23, 1973
Semifinals
March 24, 1973
Final
March 25, 1973
                           
           
 Immaculata  59
 Indiana State  48  
 Immaculata  66
   Western Washington  53  
 Western Washington  55
 East Carolina  51  
 Immaculata  47
   S. Connecticut St.  45  
 S. Connecticut St.  56
 Kansas State  52  
 S. Connecticut St.  58
   Mercer  46  
 Long Beach State  46
 Mercer  55  
 Immaculata  59
   Queens College  52
 Indiana  46
 Lehman  43  
 Indiana  56
   East Stroudsburg St.  52  
 South Carolina  59
 East Stroudsburg St.  66  
 Indiana  40
   Queens College  52   Third Place
 Queens College  62
 UC Riverside  36  
 Queens College  59  S. Connecticut St.  76
   Stephen F. Austin  56    Indiana  53
 Stephen F. Austin  53
 Utah State  48  
*Losers in the First Round continued in the consolation bracket (below)

† Overtime

Consolation bracket[edit]

First Round
March 23, 1973
Second Round
March 23, 1973
Fifth Place Game
March 24, 1973
                 
Indiana State 49
East Carolina 60
East Carolina 46
Kansas State 47
Kansas State 49
Long Beach State 43
Kansas State 69
South Carolina 57
Lehman 53
South Carolina 58
South Carolina 49
UC Riverside 36
UC Riverside 47
Utah State 41

1974 tournament[edit]

The 1974 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament was held on March 20–23, 1974. The host site was Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Sixteen teams participated, and Immaculata University was crowned national champion at the conclusion of the tournament for the third straight year.[1][8][9][11]

Main bracket[edit]

First Round*
March 20, 1974
Quarterfinals*
March 21, 1974
Semifinals
March 22, 1974
Final
March 23, 1974
                           
           
 Immaculata  50
 Kansas State  40  
 Immaculata  60
   Indiana  56  
 Indiana  59
 Wayland Baptist  56  
 Immaculata  57
   William Penn  55  
 William Penn  54
 Utah State  34  
 William Penn  52
   Stephen F. Austin  46  
 Stephen F. Austin  55
 Illinois State  48  
 Immaculata  68
   Mississippi College  53
 S. Connecticut St.  46
 East Stroudsburg St.  43  
 S. Connecticut St.  55
   Cal State Fullerton  53  
 Cal State Fullerton  58
 Western Washington  40  
 S. Connecticut St.  63
   Mississippi College  67   Third Place
 Mississippi College  65
 Tennessee Tech  63  
 Mississippi College  71  William Penn  54
   Queens College  67    S. Connecticut St.  62
 Queens College  50
 Fresno State  36  
*Losers in the First Round and Quarterfinals continued in the consolation bracket (below)

‡ Double-overtime

Consolation bracket[edit]

  First Round Second Round Third Round Fifth Place Game
                                     
        
   Cal State Fullerton 39  
     Wayland Baptist 54  
 Kansas State 34
 Wayland Baptist 49  
   Wayland Baptist 72  
   Queens College 49  
        
        
   Queens College 52
     Illinois State 48  
 Utah State 46
 Illinois State 74  
   Wayland Baptist 56
   Tennessee Tech 50
        
        
   Indiana 50
     Western Washington 44  
 East Stroudsburg St. 59
 Western Washington 81  
   Indiana 44
   Tennessee Tech 72  
        
        
   Stephen F. Austin 43
     Tennessee Tech 63  
 Tennessee Tech 53
 Fresno State 41  

1975 Division I tournament[edit]

The 1975 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament was held on March 19–22, 1975. The host site was James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Sixteen teams participated, and Delta State University, coached by Hall-of-Famer Margaret Wade, was crowned national champion at the conclusion of the tournament.[1][8][11][14][15]

Delta State finished the season undefeated (28–0), becoming the second undefeated national champion.[16]

Main bracket[edit]

First Round*
March 19, 1975
Quarterfinals*
March 20, 1975
Semifinals
March 21, 1975
Final
March 22, 1975
                           
           
 Immaculata  63
 Kansas State  54  
 Immaculata  68
   Wayland Baptist  58  
 Wayland Baptist  93
 Boise State  37  
 Immaculata  63
   Cal State Fullerton  54  
 William Penn  43
 Cal State Fullerton  59  
 Cal State Fullerton  64
   Queens College  58  
 Queens College  83
 James Madison  50  
 Immaculata  81
   Delta State  90
 Delta State  77
 Federal City  75  
 Delta State  88
   Tennessee Tech  66  
 Tennessee Tech  91
 Utah State  45  
 Delta State  71
   S. Connecticut St.  68   Third Place
 S. Connecticut St.  68
 Stephen F. Austin  51  
 S. Connecticut St.  73  Cal State Fullerton  63
   Ohio State  50    S. Connecticut St.  46
 Ohio State  72
 West Georgia  59  
*Losers in the First Round and Quarterfinals continued in the consolation bracket (below)

† Overtime

Consolation bracket[edit]

  First Round
March 20, 1975
Second Round
March 20, 1975
Third Round
March 21, 1975
Fifth Place Game
March 22, 1975
                                     
        
   Ohio State 51  
     Kansas State 61  
 Kansas State 65
 Boise State 37  
   Kansas State 54  
   William Penn 43  
        
        
   Tennessee Tech 65
     William Penn 67  
 William Penn 76
 James Madison 40  
   Kansas State 55
   Wayland Baptist 63
        
        
   Queens College 97
     Federal City 99  
 Federal City 89
 Utah State 34  
   Federal City 46
   Wayland Baptist 67  
        
        
   Wayland Baptist 50
     Stephen F. Austin 46  
 Stephen F. Austin 82
 West Georgia 62  
† Overtime

‡ Double-overtime

1976 Division I tournament[edit]

The 1976 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament was held on March 25–28, 1976. The host site was Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. Sixteen teams participated, and Delta State University was crowned national champion at the conclusion of the tournament, for the second straight season.[1][8][15][17]

Main bracket[edit]

First Round*
March 25, 1976
Quarterfinals*
March 26, 1976
Semifinals
March 27, 1976
Final
March 28, 1976
                           
           
 Delta State  88
 Penn State  46  
 Delta State  97
   Baylor  57  
 S. Connecticut St.  72
 Baylor  76  
 Delta State  61
   Wayland Baptist  60  
 Wayland Baptist  85
 Utah  46  
 Wayland Baptist  75
   Mississippi College  59  
 Mississippi College  91
 Queens College  80  
 Delta State  69
   Immaculata  64
 William Penn  78
 Tennessee Tech  70  
 William Penn  64
   Cal State Fullerton  61  
 Cal State Fullerton  103
 Wisconsin–La Crosse  85  
 William Penn  52
   Immaculata  74   Third Place
 Immaculata  84
 Long Beach State  65  
 Immaculata  103  Wayland Baptist  74
   Montclair State  82    William Penn  54
 Montclair State  86
 Portland State  49  
*Losers in the First Round and Quarterfinals continued in the consolation bracket (below)

Consolation bracket[edit]

  First Round Second Round Third Round Fifth Place Game
                                     
        
   Cal State Fullerton 51  
     S. Connecticut St. 61  
 Penn State 51
 S. Connecticut St. 63  
   S. Connecticut St. 56  
   Montclair State 65  
        
        
   Montclair State 98
     Queens College 93  
 Utah 57
 Queens College 77  
   Montclair State 88
   Tennessee Tech 94
        
        
   Baylor 78
     Tennessee Tech 89  
 Tennessee Tech 116
 Wisconsin–La Crosse 78  
   Tennessee Tech 111
   Mississippi College 93  
        
        
   Mississippi College 95
     Long Beach State 81  
 Long Beach State 74
 Portland State 54  

‡ Double-overtime

1977 Division I tournament[edit]

The 1977 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament was held on March 23–26, 1977. The host site was the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sixteen teams participated, and Delta State University was crowned national champion at the conclusion of the tournament for the third straight season.[1][8][11][15][18][19][20]

The 1976–1977 season also marked the release of the first AP Poll for women's basketball. Delta State finished first in the final poll, which was released prior to the 1977 AIAW Tournament.[21]

Main bracket[edit]

First Round*
March 23, 1977
Quarterfinals*
March 24, 1977
Semifinals
March 25, 1977
Final
March 26, 1977
                           
           
 Delta State  87
 Minnesota  42  
 Delta State  75
   S. Connecticut St.  49  
 S. Connecticut St.  80
 Missouri  64  
 Delta State  62
   Tennessee  58  
 Tennessee  76
 Michigan State  62  
 Tennessee  81
   Kansas State  69  
 Kansas State  70
 Utah  32  
 Delta State  68
   LSU  55
 Immaculata  83
 Tennessee Tech  73  
 Immaculata  100
   Mississippi College  78  
 Mississippi College  97
 Cal State Fullerton  84  
 Immaculata  68
   LSU  74   Third Place
 LSU  91
 Western Washington  53  
 LSU  71  Tennessee  91
   Baylor  64    Immaculata  71
 Saint Joseph's  75
 Baylor  85  
*Losers in the First Round and Quarterfinals continued in the consolation bracket (below)

Consolation bracket[edit]

  First Round
March 24, 1977
Second Round
March 25, 1977
Third Round
March 26, 1977
Fifth Place Game
March 27, 1977
                                     
        
   Baylor 85  
     Missouri 75  
 Minnesota 39
 Missouri 60  
   Baylor 77  
   Utah 52  
        
        
   Mississippi College 63
     Utah 83  
 Michigan State 62
 Utah 63  
   Baylor 71
   S. Connecticut St. 69
        
        
   Kansas State 58
     Tennessee Tech 68  
 Tennessee Tech 70
 Cal State Fullerton 67  
   Tennessee Tech 72
   S. Connecticut St. 85  
        
        
   S. Connecticut St. 88
     Saint Joseph's 85  
 Western Washington 51
 Saint Joseph's 97  

1978 Division I tournament[edit]

1979 Division I tournament[edit]

1980 Division I tournament[edit]

1981 Division I tournament[edit]

1982 Division I tournament[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Gregory Cooper. "Women's College Basketball Championship History Page". Archived from the original on 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Record Book". 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 21 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  6. ^ "Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame: Cathy Rush Biography". Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  7. ^ Hult, p. 288
  8. ^ a b c d e "Tennessee Tech Media Guide" (pdf). Retrieved 2009-06-04. [dead link]
  9. ^ a b c "Indiana Media Guide" (pdf). Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  10. ^ "CNNSI Recap of 1972 Tournament". Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Kansas State University Postseason History". Retrieved 2009-06-03. [dead link]
  12. ^ "UC Riverside Media Guide" (pdf). Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  13. ^ "CNNSI Recap of 1973 Tournament". Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  14. ^ "James Madison Media Guide" (pdf). Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  15. ^ a b c "Southern Conn. St. Media Guide" (pdf). Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  16. ^ "CNNSI Recap of 1975 Tournament". Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  17. ^ McNichol, Tom (March 29, 1976). "AIAW Cage Champion Crowned. Macs Falter, Delta State No. 1". The Daily Collegian. p. 7. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  18. ^ "Utah Media Guide" (pdf). Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  19. ^ "Missouri Media Guide" (pdf). Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  20. ^ "Tennessee Lady Vol Scores". Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  21. ^ "1977 Final AP Women's Basketball Poll". Retrieved 2009-07-10. [dead link]

Sources[edit]

  • 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.