2013–14 NCAA Division I women's basketball season

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The 2013–14 NCAA Division I women's basketball season began in November and ended with the Final Four in Nashville, Tennessee April 6–8.

Milestones and records[edit]

Conference membership changes[edit]

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:

In addition, four schools began the transition up from Division II starting this season. These schools were ineligible for NCAA-sponsored postseason play until completing their D-I transitions in 2017.

School Former Conference New Conference
Abilene Christian Wildcats Lone Star (D-II) Southland
Boston University Terriers America East Patriot League
Butler Bulldogs Atlantic 10 Big East
Charleston Cougars SoCon CAA
Charlotte 49ers Atlantic 10 C-USA
Chicago State Cougars Great West WAC
Cincinnati Bearcats Original Big East The American
Connecticut Huskies Original Big East The American
Creighton Bluejays MVC Big East
CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners Division I independent WAC
Denver Pioneers WAC The Summit
DePaul Blue Demons Original Big East Big East
Florida Atlantic Owls Sun Belt C-USA
FIU Panthers Sun Belt C-USA
George Mason Patriots CAA Atlantic 10
Georgetown Hoyas Original Big East Big East
Georgia State Panthers CAA Sun Belt
Grand Canyon Antelopes PacWest (D-II) WAC
Houston Cougars C-USA The American
Houston Baptist Huskies Great West Southland
Incarnate Word Cardinals Lone Star (D-II) Southland
Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters WAC C-USA
Louisville Cardinals Original Big East The American
Loyola Chicago Ramblers Horizon League MVC
Loyola (MD) Greyhounds MAAC Patriot League
Marquette Golden Eagles Original Big East Big East
Memphis Tigers C-USA The American
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Sun Belt C-USA
Monmouth Hawks NEC MAAC
New Orleans Privateers Division I independent Southland
NJIT Highlanders Great West Division I independent
North Texas Mean Green Sun Belt C-USA
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Original Big East ACC
Oakland Golden Grizzlies The Summit Horizon
Old Dominion Monarchs CAA C-USA
Pacific Tigers Big West WCC
Pittsburgh Panthers Original Big East ACC
Providence Friars Original Big East Big East
Quinnipiac Bobcats NEC MAAC
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Original Big East The American
St. John's Red Storm Original Big East Big East
San Jose State Spartans WAC MW
Seton Hall Pirates Original Big East Big East
SMU Mustangs C-USA The American
South Florida Bulls Original Big East The American
Syracuse Orange Original Big East ACC
Temple Owls Atlantic 10 The American
Texas–Arlington Mavericks WAC Sun Belt
Texas State Bobcats WAC Sun Belt
UCF Knights C-USA The American
UMass Lowell River Hawks NE-10 (D-II) America East
UMKC Kangaroos The Summit WAC
Utah State Aggies WAC MW
Utah Valley Wolverines Great West WAC
UTPA Broncs Great West WAC
UTSA Roadrunners WAC C-USA
Villanova Wildcats Original Big East Big East
Xavier Musketeers Atlantic 10 Big East

The 2013–14 season was also the last for several other teams in their current conferences:

New arenas[edit]

Major rule changes[edit]

  • 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.[8]
  • 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;[8] it did not become part of the men's game until the 2015–16 season.[9]
  • 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 timeout (at that time, 16:00, 12:00 and 8:00 as well as the final 4:00 of the first half; since 2015–16, media timeouts take place at the 5:00 mark of each quarter).
  • 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.[10]

Season outlook[edit]

Pre-season polls[edit]

The top 25 from the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls.

Associated Press[11]
Ranking Team
1 Connecticut (36)
2 Duke
3 Stanford
4 Tennessee
5 Louisville
6 Notre Dame
7 Kentucky
8 Maryland
9 Cal
10 Baylor
11 Oklahoma
12 North Carolina
13 Penn State
14 Dayton
15 LSU
16 Texas A&M
17 Nebraska
18 Purdue
19 Colorado
20 Michigan State
21 Oklahoma State
22 South Carolina
23 Iowa State
24 Georgia
25 Gonzaga
USA Today Coaches[12]
Ranking Team
1 Connecticut (31)
2 Duke
3 Stanford
4 Tennessee (1)
5 Louisville
6 Maryland
7 Notre Dame
8 Kentucky
9 Cal
10 Baylor
11 North Carolina
12 Nebraska
13 Texas A&M
14 Oklahoma
15 Penn State
16 Dayton
17 LSU
18 Michigan State
19 Colorado
20 Iowa State
21 South Carolina
22 Georgia
23 Purdue
24 Oklahoma State

Conference winners and tournaments[edit]

Postseason tournaments[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

Final Four - Bridgestone Arena[edit]


  1. ^ "Duke women's basketball outlasts Oklahoma for McCallie's 500th win". Duke Chronicle. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ogwumike Becomes Miss 2K". Stanford Cardinal. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Douglas sets WFU scoring record". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Three Raiders Post Double Figures in Blowout Victory at Clemson". Sports. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Thomas Hits 2000 Career Points at Virginia". Sports. Maryland Terrapins. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ a b "Rule changes put 10-second backcourt limit in effect for first time" (Press release). NCAA. November 5, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Shorter shot clock, fewer timeouts among changes coming in 2015-16". ESPN.com. June 8, 2015. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Expansion of Replay Review among changes for NCAA hoops". Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Preseason AP Poll". Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Preseason Coaches Poll". Retrieved October 17, 2013.