2019–20 NCAA Division I women's basketball season

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The 2019–20 NCAA Division I women's basketball season began in November 2019 and will conclude with the Final Four at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 5, 2020. Practices officially began in late September 2019.

Season headlines[edit]

  • June 18 – The ASUN Conference officially announced that Bellarmine University, currently a member of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference, would move to Division I and join the ASUN effective with the 2020–21 school year.[1]
  • June 20 – The Summit League announced that the University of Missouri–Kansas City would return to the conference on July 1, 2020 after seven years in the Western Athletic Conference.[2]
  • June 21 – The Boston-area sports news website Digital Sports Desk reported that the University of Connecticut (UConn) was expected to announce by the end of the month that it would leave the American Athletic Conference to rejoin many of its former conference mates in the Big East Conference in 2020.[3] The story was picked up by multiple national media outlets the next day.[4][5]
  • June 27 – The Big East and UConn jointly announced that the school would join the Big East; though the official announcements did not specify a time, it was expected that the Huskies would become members in 2020.[6]
  • July 26 – Multiple media reports indicated that UConn and The American had reached a buyout agreement that will lead to UConn joining the Big East in July 2020. The exit fee was reportedly $17 million.[7]
  • August 5 – The Horizon League announced that Purdue University Fort Wayne would leave the Summit League to join the Horizon League in July 2020.[8]
  • September 30
    • California governor Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act into law, which upon taking effect in 2023 will prohibit public colleges and universities in the state from punishing their athletes for earning endorsement income. The bill places the state in direct conflict with the NCAA's current business model, which prohibits college athletes from receiving such income. At the time the bill was signed, several other states were proposing similar laws.[9]
    • Officials at Tarleton State University, current members of the Division II Lone Star Conference, announced that the school had accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference. Full details, including the joining date, were expected to be revealed in the following days, but were delayed by more than a month.[10]
  • October 4 – Officials at the University of St. Thomas, a Minnesota school that will be expelled from its longtime athletic home of the NCAA Division III Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) in 2021, announced that the school had received an invitation to join the Summit League upon its MIAC departure. In order for St. Thomas to directly transition to the Summit, it must receive a waiver of an NCAA rule stating that Division III schools can only transition to Division II.[11]
  • October 29 – The NCAA board of governors voted unanimously to begin the process of changing institutional rules so that college athletes can profit from their names, images, and likenesses, while still maintaining a distinction between college and professional sports. The proposal calls for each of the three NCAA divisions to draft new rules consistent with this mandate, with a target date of January 2021.[12]
  • October 31 – The Associated Press preseason All-American team was released. Baylor center Lauren Cox and Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu were unanimous selections (28 votes). Joining them on the team were Texas A&M guard Chennedy Carter (22 votes), Miami (FL) forward Beatrice Mompremier (20), and Maryland giard Kaila Charles (18). All were seniors except for Carter, a junior.[13]
  • November 9 – Preseason #1 Oregon defeated the US national team 93–86 in an exhibition, led by Ionescu's 30 points. This marked the first time that Team USA had lost to college competition since a 1999 loss to Tennessee.[14]
  • November 12 – The Western Athletic Conference officially announced Tarleton State's entry into the league effective July 1, 2020.[15]
  • November 16 – Ionescu became the first NCAA player, regardless of division or sex, to record a triple-double in four different seasons.[16] She had 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 14 assists in the Ducks' 99–63 win over Texas Southern, extending her record for career triple-doubles to 19.[17]
  • November 21 – Kamiyah Street, the starting point guard for Kennesaw State, was arrested and charged with murder in the July 16, 2019 shooting death of a man whose body was found in the parking deck of an Atlanta apartment complex. Street was immediately suspended once KSU was notified of the charge.[18]
  • November 25 – Sierra'Li Wade, a freshman guard for Arkansas–Pine Bluff who had yet to make her debut for the team, was killed in a shooting in her hometown of Lake Village, Arkansas.[19]
  • November 30 – The Atlantis Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas announced that the Battle 4 Atlantis, a prominent early-season Division I men's tournament held at the resort, would add a women's tournament starting next season. The women's tournament will feature eight teams (the same number as the men's version), and will be held immediately before the men's tournament.[20]

Milestones and records[edit]

The following players reached the 2,000-point milestone during the season—Sabrina Ionescu[21] and Ruthy Hebard,[22] both of Oregon.

The following players reached the 1,000-rebound milestone during the season—Ruthy Hebard of Oregon.[21] Hebard reached this milestone in the same game in which Ionescu surpassed the 2,000-point mark.

Ionescu also became the 12th Division I women's player with 900 career assists, reaching the mark on January 3, 2020 against Colorado in the same game in which Hebard reached the 2,000-point mark.[22]

On December 18, Baylor guard Juicy Landrum set a new Division I women's record with 14 three-pointers in the Lady Bears' 111–43 rout of Arkansas State.[23]

Conference membership changes[edit]

Two schools joined new conferences for the 2019–20 season. Both moved between Division I and Division II, with one joining Division I and the other leaving Division I.

School Former Conference New Conference
Merrimack Northeast-10 Conference (D-II) Northeast Conference
Savannah State Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (D-II)

In addition, two existing Division I teams assumed new athletic identities.

After the 2018–19 school year, Long Island University (LIU) merged the athletic programs of its two main campuses—the Division I LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds and Division II LIU Post Pioneers—into a single program that now plays as the LIU Sharks.[24] The Sharks inherited the Division I and Northeast Conference memberships of the Brooklyn campus, with some sports to be based in Brooklyn and others at the Post campus in Brookville, New York. Specific to basketball, LIU announced that the unified men's and women's teams in that sport would be based in Brooklyn.

On July 1, 2019, the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC) announced that its athletic program, formerly known as the UMKC Kangaroos, would officially become the Kansas City Roos, with "Roos" having long been used as a short form of the former "Kangaroos" nickname.[25]

Arenas[edit]

New arenas[edit]

Arenas closing[edit]

Temporary arenas[edit]

  • Immediately after the 2018–19 season, Duquesne began an extensive renovation of the on-campus Palumbo Center. When the venue reopens, expected for the 2020–21 school year, it will be renamed UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse, via a partnership between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the family foundation of late Duquesne star Chuck Cooper, the first African American selected in an NBA draft. At the time of announcement, the final capacity of the renovated venue had not been determined, but Duquesne's athletic director expected it to have about the same capacity as the pre-renovation Palumbo Center (4,390). Duquesne's temporary home venue had also not yet been announced, but it was expected that PPG Paints Arena would be used for at least some men's home games.[28][29] Duquesne revealed its plans for the 2019–20 women's season in two phases, announcing its non-conference schedule on September 5, 2019[30] and its conference schedule on September 30.[31] The following four venues will be used:
    • PPG Paints Arena will host two games. The first is the season opener; it will be the second leg of a doubleheader with the men's team. The second will be the opening leg of a doubleheader with the men.
    • One game will be at Donahue Pavilion on the campus of Oakland Catholic High School in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.
    • The bulk of the women's schedule, nine games in all, will be at the Kerr Fitness Center on the campus of La Roche University in the northern suburb of McCandless.
    • The season finale will be at Robert Morris' new UPMC Events Center.

Season outlook[edit]

Pre-season polls[edit]

Associated Press
Ranking Team
1 Oregon (25)
2 Baylor (3)
3 Stanford
4 Maryland
5 UConn
6 Texas A&M
7 Oregon State
8 South Carolina
9 Louisville
10 Mississippi State
11 UCLA
12 Florida State
13 Kentucky
14 NC State
15 Texas
16 Notre Dame
17 Michigan State
18 DePaul
Miami (FL)
20 Arizona State
21 Syracuse
22 Arkansas
23 Minnesota
24 Indiana
25 Michigan

Regular Season[edit]

Early season tournaments[edit]

Name Dates Location No. teams Champion
Preseason WNIT November 8–17 Campus Sites 16 Oregon State
Cancún Challenge November 28–30 Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
(Cancún, MX)
10 Florida Gulf Coast
Junkanoo Jam November 28–30 Gateway Christian Academy
(Bimini, Bahamas)
10 LSU
Greater Victoria Invitational November 28–30 University of Victoria
(Saanich, British Columbia)
8 Stanford
Paradise Jam Tournament November 28–30 Sports and Fitness Center
(Saint Thomas, VI)
8 Louisville (Island Division)
Indiana/South Carolina (Reef Division)
Daytona Beach Invitational November 29–30 Ocean Center
(Daytona Beach, FL)
10 Georgia
Maryland
Gulf Coast Showcase November 29–December 1 Hertz Arena
(Estero, FL)
8
West Palm Beach Invitational December 19–21 Student Life Center
(West Palm Beach, FL)
10
Duel in the Desert December 19–21 COX Pavilion
(Las Vegas, NV)
4

Upsets[edit]

An upset is a victory by an underdog team. In the context of NCAA Division I Women's Basketball, this generally constitutes an unranked team defeating a team currently ranked in the Top 25. This list will highlight those upsets of ranked teams by unranked teams as well as upsets of #1 teams. Rankings are from the AP poll. Bold type indicates winning teams in "true road games"—i.e., those played on an opponent's home court (including secondary homes).

Winner Score Loser Date Tournament/Event
Missouri State 77–69 #23 Minnesota November 5, 2019
South Florida 64–57 #15 Texas November 8, 2019
Tennessee 74–63 #15 Notre Dame November 11, 2019
Minnesota 80–66 #19 Arizona State November 17, 2019
Arizona 83–58 #22 Texas November 17, 2019
Notre Dame 76–72 #21 Michigan November 23, 2019
California 84–80 #20 Arkansas November 24, 2019
South Dakota State 61–50 #21 South Florida November 28, 2019 Cancún Challenge
Creighton 82–75 #23 West Virginia November 28, 2019 Cancún Challenge
Florida Gulf Coast 81–77 #21 South Florida November 29, 2019 Cancún Challenge
LSU 58–56 #15 Michigan State November 29, 2019 Junkanoo Jam
Notre Dame 67–51 #21 South Florida November 30, 2019 Cancún Challenge
#8 Louisville 72–62 #1 Oregon November 30, 2019 Paradise Jam
Green Bay 79–73OT #18 Syracuse November 30, 2019 Greater Victoria Invitational
Ohio State 67–60 #2 Louisville December 5, 2019 ACC–Big Ten Women's Challenge
Oklahoma 90–68 #25 LSU December 7, 2019 Big 12/SEC Women's Challenge
West Virginia 71–65 #10 Mississippi State December 8, 2019 Big 12/SEC Women's Challenge
Texas 66–60 #17 Tennessee December 8, 2019 Big 12/SEC Women's Challenge
Syracuse 77–63 #19 Michigan State December 20, 2019 Florida Sunshine Classic
Texas 69–64 #1 Stanford December 22, 2019
Ohio State 66–63 #24 Minnesota December 31, 2019
Northwestern 81–58 #12 Maryland December 31, 2019
Syracuse 90–89OT #8 Florida State January 2, 2020
Georgia Tech 61–54 #23 Miami January 2, 2020
TCU 65–63 #25 Texas January 3, 2020
Nebraska 72–58 #24 Minnesota January 4, 2020
#6 Baylor 74–58 #1 UConn January 9, 2020
Ohio State 78–69 #24 Michigan January 9, 2020
North Carolina 66–60 #9 NC State January 9, 2020 North Carolina–NC State rivalry
Georgia Tech 67–52 #11 Florida State January 9, 2020
Iowa 66–61 #17 Maryland January 9, 2020
LSU 57–54 #10 Texas A&M January 9, 2020
Arizona State 72–66 #2 Oregon January 10, 2020
Arizona State 55–47 #3 Oregon State January 12, 2020
Iowa 91–852OT #12 Indiana January 12, 2020
Oklahoma 73–49 #17 West Virginia January 15, 2019
Northwestern 71–69OT #15 Indiana January 16, 2020
Southern Illinois 70–68 #19 Missouri State January 17, 2020
USC 70–682OT #7 UCLA January 17, 2020 UCLA–USC rivalry
LSU 65–59 #11 Kentucky January 19, 2020
Oklahoma State 57–55 #25 West Virginia January 22, 2020
Georgia 64–55 #21 Arkansas January 23, 2020

Postseason[edit]

Conference winners and tournaments[edit]

Each of the 32 Division I athletic conferences ends its regular season with a single-elimination tournament. The team with the best regular-season record in each conference is given the number one seed in each tournament, with tiebreakers used as needed in the case of ties for the top seeding. The winners of these tournaments receive automatic invitations to the 2020 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament.

Conference Regular
season first place
Conference
Player of the Year
Conference
Coach of the Year
Conference
tournament
Tournament
venue (city)
Tournament
winner
America East Conference 2020 America East Women's Basketball Tournament Campus sites
American Athletic Conference 2020 American Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Mohegan Sun Arena
(Uncasville, CT)
Atlantic 10 Conference 2020 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Tournament First round: Campus sites
Remainder: UD Arena
(Dayton, OH)
Atlantic Coast Conference 2020 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament Greensboro Coliseum
(Greensboro, NC)
Atlantic Sun Conference 2020 Atlantic Sun Women's Basketball Tournament Campus sites
Big 12 Conference 2020 Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament Municipal Auditorium
(Kansas City, MO)
Big East Conference 2020 Big East Women's Basketball Tournament Wintrust Arena
(Chicago, IL)
Big Sky Conference 2020 Big Sky Conference Women's Basketball Tournament CenturyLink Arena
(Boise, ID)
Big South Conference 2020 Big South Conference Women's Basketball Tournament First round: Campus sites
Quarterfinals/semifinals: #1 seed
Final: Top surviving seed
Big Ten Conference 2020 Big Ten Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(Indianapolis, IN)
Big West Conference 2020 Big West Conference Women's Basketball Tournament First round and quarterfinals: Walter Pyramid
(Long Beach, CA)
Semifinals and final: Honda Center
(Anaheim, CA)
Colonial Athletic Association 2020 CAA Women's Basketball Tournament Schar Center
(Elon, NC)
Conference USA 2020 Conference USA Women's Basketball Tournament Ford Center
(Frisco, TX)
Horizon League 2020 Horizon League Women's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals: Campus sites
Semifinals and final: Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(Indianapolis, IN)
Ivy League 2020 Ivy League Women's Basketball Tournament Lavietes Pavilion
(Boston, MA)
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 2020 MAAC Women's Basketball Tournament Boardwalk Hall
(Atlantic City, NJ)
Mid-American Conference 2020 Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball Tournament First round: Campus sites
Remainder: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
(Cleveland, OH)
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 2020 MEAC Women's Basketball Tournament Norfolk Scope
(Norfolk, VA)
Missouri Valley Conference 2020 Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament TaxSlayer Center
(Moline, IL)
Mountain West Conference 2020 Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Thomas & Mack Center
(Paradise, NV)
Northeast Conference 2020 Northeast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Campus sites
Ohio Valley Conference 2020 Ohio Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Ford Center
(Evansville, IN)
Pac-12 Conference 2020 Pac-12 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Mandalay Bay Events Center
(Paradise, NV)
Patriot League 2020 Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament Campus sites
Southeastern Conference 2020 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament Bon Secours Wellness Arena
(Greenville, SC)
Southern Conference 2020 Southern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Harrah's Cherokee Center
(Asheville, NC)
Southland Conference 2020 Southland Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Leonard E. Merrell Center
(Katy, TX)
Southwestern Athletic Conference 2020 SWAC Women's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals: Campus sites
Semifinals and final: Bartow Arena
(Birmingham, AL)
Summit League 2020 Summit League Women's Basketball Tournament Denny Sanford Premier Center
(Sioux Falls, SD)
Sun Belt Conference 2020 Sun Belt Conference Women's Basketball Tournament First three rounds: Campus sites
Semifinals and final: Smoothie King Center
(New Orleans, LA)
West Coast Conference 2020 West Coast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Orleans Arena
(Paradise, NV)
Western Athletic Conference 2020 WAC Women's Basketball Tournament

NCAA Tournament[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

2019–20 America East Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Stony Brook 4 0   1.000     16 1   .941
UMass Lowell 4 0   1.000     8 9   .471
Maine 4 3   .571     8 13   .381
Albany 2 1   .667     6 10   .375
Binghamton 1 2   .333     12 4   .750
Vermont 1 2   .333     7 9   .438
New Hampshire 1 3   .250     4 12   .250
Hartford 0 3   .000     0 16   .000
UMBC 0 4   .000     4 11   .267
2020 America East Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 American Athletic Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 3 UConn 3 0   1.000     12 0   1.000
UCF 1 0   1.000     9 4   .692
South Florida 1 0   1.000     9 6   .600
Houston 1 0   1.000     8 7   .533
Tulane 1 0   1.000     6 8   .429
Temple 1 1   .500     8 6   .571
Cincinnati 0 1   .000     9 5   .643
Memphis 0 1   .000     9 5   .643
SMU 0 1   .000     6 7   .462
Tulsa 0 1   .000     5 9   .357
East Carolina 0 1   .000     3 11   .214
Wichita State 0 2   .000     8 7   .533
2020 AAC Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Atlantic 10 women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Massachusetts 1 0   1.000     11 3   .786
Fordham 1 0   1.000     9 5   .643
Davidson 1 0   1.000     8 6   .571
Saint Joseph's 1 0   1.000     7 6   .538
Dayton 1 0   1.000     8 7   .533
George Mason 1 0   1.000     7 7   .500
VCU 1 0   1.000     6 8   .429
Rhode Island 1 1   .500     8 6   .571
Duquesne 0 1   .000     10 4   .714
Saint Louis 0 1   .000     8 6   .571
George Washington 0 1   .000     6 8   .429
La Salle 0 1   .000     6 8   .429
St. Bonaventure 0 1   .000     3 11   .214
Richmond 0 2   .000     7 9   .438
2020 A10 Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 ACC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 5 Louisville 8 0   1.000     19 1   .950
No. 8 NC State 7 1   .875     18 1   .947
No. 14 Florida State 5 3   .625     16 3   .842
Georgia Tech 5 3   .625     14 5   .737
North Carolina 5 3   .625     14 5   .737
Virginia Tech 4 3   .571     14 4   .778
Wake Forest 4 4   .500     11 8   .579
Duke 4 4   .500     10 9   .526
Syracuse 3 4   .429     9 9   .500
Miami (FL) 3 5   .375     11 8   .579
Boston College 3 5   .375     10 9   .526
Clemson 3 5   .375     7 12   .368
Notre Dame 2 5   .286     7 12   .368
Virginia 2 6   .250     7 12   .368
Pittsburgh 0 7   .000     3 15   .167
2020 ACC Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Atlantic Sun women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Florida Gulf Coast 2 0   1.000     15 2   .882
North Alabama* 2 0   1.000     11 3   .786
Liberty 1 1   .500     8 7   .533
Stetson 1 1   .500     7 8   .467
Lipscomb 1 1   .500     4 11   .267
North Florida 1 1   .500     8 7   .533
Jacksonville 0 1   .000     8 6   .571
NJIT 0 1   .000     3 11   .214
Kennesaw State 0 2   .000     6 7   .462
* ineligible for the 2020 NCAA Tournament due to transition period
2020 ASUN Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Big East Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 11 DePaul 3 0   1.000     13 2   .867
Creighton 3 1   .750     11 4   .733
St. John's 3 1   .750     10 5   .667
Seton Hall 3 1   .750     10 5   .667
Villanova 3 1   .750     8 6   .571
Marquette 1 2   .333     10 4   .714
Butler 1 2   .333     9 5   .643
Georgetown 1 3   .250     4 11   .267
Xavier 0 3   .000     1 13   .071
Providence 0 4   .000     9 7   .563
2020 Big East Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Big Sky women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Montana State 4 0   1.000     8 5   .615
Montana 3 1   .750     8 5   .615
Idaho 2 1   .667     7 5   .583
Idaho State 2 1   .667     6 6   .500
Northern Colorado 2 1   .667     6 6   .500
Portland State 2 2   .500     8 6   .571
Southern Utah 1 2   .333     7 5   .583
Northern Arizona 1 2   .333     4 8   .333
Eastern Washington 1 2   .333     2 10   .167
Sacramento State 0 3   .000     2 10   .167
Weber State 0 3   .000     2 10   .167
2020 Big Sky Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Big South women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UNC Asheville 3 1   .750     9 4   .692
Campbell 3 1   .750     8 5   .615
Hampton 3 1   .750     7 6   .538
Longwood 2 1   .667     6 6   .500
Radford 2 1   .667     4 8   .333
Winthrop 2 1   .667     5 7   .417
Gardner-Webb 2 2   .500     7 6   .538
High Point 2 2   .500     4 9   .308
USC Upstate 1 3   .250     6 7   .462
Charleston Southern 0 3   .000     2 10   .167
Presbyterian 0 4   .000     4 9   .308
2020 Big South Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Big Ten women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 17 Indiana 4 0   1.000     14 2   .875
Nebraska 3 1   .750     13 2   .867
No. 22 Northwestern 3 1   .750     13 2   .867
Rutgers 3 1   .750     13 2   .867
No. 19 Iowa 3 1   .750     12 3   .800
No. 20 Maryland 2 2   .500     11 4   .733
Michigan 2 2   .500     11 4   .733
Purdue 2 2   .500     11 5   .688
Ohio State 2 2   .500     9 6   .600
Minnesota 1 3   .250     11 4   .733
Wisconsin 1 3   .250     9 6   .600
Michigan State 1 3   .250     8 7   .533
Penn State 1 3   .250     7 8   .467
Illinois 0 4   .000     9 6   .600
2020 Big Ten Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Big 12 Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 2 Baylor 1 0   1.000     11 1   .917
No. 25 West Virginia 1 0   1.000     11 1   .917
TCU 1 0   1.000     10 2   .833
Oklahoma State 1 0   1.000     10 3   .769
Texas 1 1   .500     9 5   .643
Iowa State 1 1   .500     9 4   .692
Kansas 0 1   .000     11 1   .917
Texas Tech 0 1   .000     11 1   .917
Kansas State 0 1   .000     6 6   .500
Oklahoma 0 1   .000     7 6   .538
2020 Big 12 Conference Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Big West women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Cal State Fullerton 0 0       8 5   .615
Hawaii 0 0       6 7   .462
Cal State Northridge 0 0       5 9   .357
UC Santa Barbara 0 0       5 8   .385
Long Beach State 0 0       5 8   .385
UC Davis 0 0       5 8   .385
UC Riverside 0 0       4 10   .286
UC Irvine 0 0       4 10   .286
Cal Poly 0 0       2 8   .200
2020 Big West Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 CAA women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
James Madison 2 0   1.000     11 2   .846
Charleston 2 0   1.000     9 4   .692
Northeastern 1 0   1.000     5 7   .417
William & Mary 1 1   .500     10 3   .769
Drexel 1 1   .500     8 6   .571
Elon 1 1   .500     6 7   .462
UNC Wilmington 1 1   .500     4 9   .308
Hofstra 0 1   .000     3 9   .250
Towson 0 2   .000     4 8   .333
Delaware 0 2   .000     4 9   .308
2020 CAA Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Conference USA women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UTEP 2 0   1.000     9 4   .692
Rice 2 0   1.000     7 6   .538
Southern Miss 1 0   1.000     9 3   .750
Old Dominion 1 1   .500     11 3   .786
Charlotte 1 1   .500     10 3   .769
UAB 1 1   .500     9 5   .643
Middle Tennessee 1 1   .500     9 5   .643
Florida Atlantic 1 1   .500     7 6   .538
Marshall 1 1   .500     6 7   .462
UTSA 1 1   .500     5 8   .385
North Texas 1 1   .500     7 7   .500
Louisiana Tech 0 1   .000     8 4   .667
Western Kentucky 0 2   .000     8 5   .615
FIU 0 2   .000     3 10   .231
2020 C-USA Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Horizon League women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
IUPUI 3 1   .750     9 6   .600
Wright State 3 1   .750     8 7   .533
Green Bay 2 1   .667     7 8   .467
Cleveland State 2 2   .500     12 3   .800
Youngstown State 2 2   .500     9 6   .600
Northern Kentucky 2 2   .500     8 7   .533
Oakland 1 2   .333     6 8   .429
Milwaukee 1 2   .333     4 10   .286
Detroit Mercy 1 2   .333     1 13   .071
UIC 1 3   .250     2 13   .133
2020 Horizon League Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Ivy League women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Princeton 1 0   1.000     13 1   .929
Dartmouth 1 0   1.000     7 7   .500
Yale 0 0       10 3   .769
Columbia 0 0       9 4   .692
Cornell 0 0       7 5   .583
Brown 0 0       6 7   .462
Penn 0 1   .000     10 2   .833
Harvard 0 1   .000     9 5   .643
2020 Ivy League Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 MAAC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Marist 2 0   1.000     9 2   .818
Rider 2 0   1.000     9 2   .818
Fairfield 1 0   1.000     4 6   .400
Manhattan 2 1   .667     5 7   .417
Iona 1 1   .500     2 9   .182
Saint Peter's 1 1   .500     4 7   .364
Canisius 1 1   .500     2 9   .182
Quinnipiac 1 1   .500     4 7   .364
Monmouth 1 2   .333     4 8   .333
Niagara 0 2   .000     2 9   .182
Siena 0 3   .000     2 10   .167
2020 MAAC Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Mid-American Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Buffalo 1 0   1.000     10 2   .833
Ohio 1 0   1.000     8 4   .667
Bowling Green 0 1   .000     7 6   .538
Kent State 0 1   .000     7 5   .583
Akron 0 1   .000     7 5   .583
Miami (OH) 0 1   .000     7 6   .538
West
Central Michigan 1 0   1.000     8 4   .667
Western Michigan 1 0   1.000     8 4   .667
Ball State 1 0   1.000     9 4   .692
Eastern Michigan 1 0   1.000     6 6   .500
Northern Illinois 0 1   .000     4 8   .333
Toledo 0 1   .000     5 7   .417
2020 MAC Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 MEAC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Norfolk State 2 0   1.000     8 7   .533
North Carolina A&T 1 0   1.000     9 4   .692
Delaware State 1 0   1.000     5 9   .357
North Carolina Central 1 0   1.000     4 10   .286
Howard 1 1   .500     9 6   .600
Bethune–Cookman 1 1   .500     9 5   .643
Morgan State 1 1   .500     5 10   .333
South Carolina State 1 1   .500     2 13   .133
Maryland-Eastern Shore 0 1   .000     3 11   .214
Florida A&M 0 2   .000     2 11   .154
Coppin State 0 2   .000     0 14   .000
2020 MEAC Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Missouri State 2 0   1.000     12 2   .857
Bradley 2 0   1.000     11 2   .846
Illinois State 2 0   1.000     10 3   .769
Drake 1 0   1.000     9 4   .692
Loyola 1 1   .500     10 3   .769
Southern Illinois 1 1   .500     9 4   .692
Northern Iowa 0 1   .000     8 4   .667
Valparaiso 0 2   .000     8 5   .615
Evansville 0 2   .000     3 10   .231
Indiana State 0 2   .000     2 12   .143
2020 MVC Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Mountain West Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Fresno State 8 0   1.000     15 4   .789
San Jose State 7 1   .875     13 6   .684
UNLV 6 2   .750     10 9   .526
Boise State 5 2   .714     13 6   .684
Wyoming 5 4   .556     9 9   .500
Colorado State 3 5   .375     9 10   .474
San Diego State 3 6   .333     8 13   .381
New Mexico 2 6   .250     11 10   .524
Nevada 2 6   .250     9 10   .474
Air Force 2 6   .250     4 15   .211
Utah State 1 7   .125     6 13   .316
2020 MW Tournament winner
As of 22 January 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Northeast Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Robert Morris 6 0   1.000     11 6   .647
Mount St. Mary's 5 1   .833     10 8   .556
Saint Francis (PA) 5 2   .714     7 11   .389
Fairleigh Dickinson 3 2   .600     6 10   .375
Merrimack* 3 2   .600     10 6   .625
Sacred Heart 3 3   .500     6 11   .353
Bryant 2 3   .400     4 12   .250
Wagner 2 4   .333     6 11   .353
LIU Brooklyn 2 4   .333     3 14   .176
St. Francis Brooklyn 1 5   .167     5 12   .294
Central Connecticut 0 7   .000     1 17   .056
*Ineligible for NEC championship (reclassification from Division II)
2020 NEC Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll


2019–20 Ohio Valley Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Tennessee Tech 2 0   1.000     9 4   .692
Belmont 2 0   1.000     7 6   .538
UT Martin 2 0   1.000     6 7   .462
Murray State 1 1   .500     8 5   .615
Southeast Missouri State 1 1   .500     9 4   .692
Eastern Illinois 1 1   .500     7 6   .538
Jacksonville State 1 1   .500     5 8   .385
Morehead State 1 1   .500     5 9   .357
SIU Edwardsville 1 1   .500     3 10   .231
Eastern Kentucky 0 2   .000     6 7   .462
Austin Peay 0 2   .000     9 4   .692
Tennessee State 0 2   .000     2 10   .167
2020 OVC Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Pac-12 Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 10 UCLA 5 1   .833     16 1   .941
No. 6 Stanford 5 1   .833     16 2   .889
No. 4 Oregon 5 1   .833     15 2   .882
No. 16 Arizona State 5 2   .714     15 4   .789
No. 7 Oregon State 4 2   .667     16 2   .889
No. 18 Arizona 4 3   .571     15 3   .833
Colorado 2 4   .333     13 4   .765
Washington 2 4   .333     10 7   .588
Utah 2 4   .333     9 8   .529
Washington State 2 4   .333     9 9   .500
USC 1 5   .167     9 8   .529
California 0 6   .000     8 9   .471
2020 Pac-12 Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Patriot League women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Lehigh 2 0   1.000     10 3   .769
Holy Cross 2 0   1.000     9 4   .692
Bucknell 2 0   1.000     9 4   .692
Colgate 1 1   .500     9 4   .692
Boston University 1 1   .500     6 7   .462
Lafayette 1 1   .500     5 7   .417
American 1 1   .500     5 7   .417
Navy 0 2   .000     5 8   .385
Army 0 2   .000     4 9   .308
Loyola (MD) 0 2   .000     3 10   .231
2020 Patriot League Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 SEC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 1 South Carolina 6 0   1.000     18 1   .947
No. 9 Mississippi State 5 1   .833     17 3   .850
No. 23 Tennessee 5 1   .833     15 4   .789
No. 15 Texas A&M 4 2   .667     16 3   .842
No. 12 Kentucky 4 2   .667     15 3   .833
LSU 4 2   .667     14 4   .778
No. 21 Arkansas 3 3   .500     15 4   .789
Georgia 3 3   .500     12 7   .632
Vanderbilt 2 4   .333     12 7   .632
Florida 2 4   .333     11 8   .579
Missouri 2 4   .333     5 14   .263
Alabama 1 5   .167     11 8   .579
Auburn 1 5   .167     7 10   .412
Ole Miss 0 6   .000     7 12   .368
2020 SEC Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Southern Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UNC Greensboro 0 0       11 4   .733
Furman 0 0       9 5   .643
Wofford 0 0       7 8   .467
Samford 0 0       5 10   .333
East Tennessee State 0 0       5 10   .333
Mercer 0 0       3 12   .200
Western Carolina 0 0       3 12   .200
Chattanooga 0 0       1 13   .071
2020 SoCon Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Southland Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Sam Houston State 8 1   .889     13 5   .722
Stephen F. Austin 7 1   .875     14 3   .824
Abilene Christian 6 1   .857     14 2   .875
Texas A&M-CC 6 2   .750     12 6   .667
New Orleans 5 3   .625     9 8   .529
Incarnate Word 4 3   .571     8 8   .500
Central Arkansas 4 4   .500     8 9   .471
Lamar 4 5   .444     8 10   .444
Southeastern Louisiana 3 5   .375     6 11   .353
Northwestern State 2 6   .250     5 12   .294
Nicholls 2 7   .222     5 13   .278
McNeese State 1 7   .125     4 13   .235
Houston Baptist 0 7   .000     4 12   .250
2020 Southland Tournament winner
As of January 22, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 SWAC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Jackson State 2 0   1.000     4 8   .333
Texas Southern 2 0   1.000     7 6   .538
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1 0   1.000     2 9   .182
Grambling State 1 0   1.000     2 10   .167
Alcorn State 1 1   .500     5 9   .357
Southern 1 1   .500     3 10   .231
Alabama State 0 1   .000     3 9   .250
Mississippi Valley State 0 1   .000     1 11   .083
Alabama A&M 0 2   .000     4 9   .308
Prairie View A&M 0 2   .000     3 11   .214
2020 SWAC Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Summit League women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
South Dakota State 6 0   1.000     14 6   .700
No. 24 South Dakota 5 0   1.000     16 2   .889
North Dakota 3 2   .600     12 6   .667
Western Illinois 3 2   .600     9 9   .500
Oral Roberts 3 2   .600     8 10   .444
Omaha 1 3   .250     6 11   .353
Denver 1 4   .200     7 11   .389
North Dakota State 0 4   .000     3 13   .188
Purdue Fort Wayne 0 5   .000     4 14   .222
2020 Summit League Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 Sun Belt Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Troy 2 0   1.000     11 2   .846
Texas–Arlington 2 0   1.000     8 6   .571
Georgia Southern 2 0   1.000     5 8   .385
Coastal Carolina 1 1   .500     11 2   .846
Louisiana 1 1   .500     8 5   .615
South Alabama 1 1   .500     6 8   .429
Arkansas State 1 1   .500     4 9   .308
Georgia State 1 1   .500     4 9   .308
Little Rock 1 1   .500     3 10   .231
Appalachian State 0 2   .000     3 10   .231
Texas State 0 2   .000     7 6   .538
Louisiana–Monroe 0 2   .000     2 11   .154
2020 Sun Belt Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 West Coast Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 13 Gonzaga 7 0   1.000     18 1   .947
BYU 5 2   .714     10 7   .588
San Diego 4 3   .571     10 8   .556
Portland 4 3   .571     11 7   .611
Pacific 4 4   .500     11 8   .579
Saint Mary's 4 4   .500     9 10   .474
Loyola Marymount 3 4   .429     7 13   .350
Pepperdine 3 4   .429     9 8   .529
Santa Clara 2 5   .286     8 10   .444
San Francisco 0 7   .000     7 12   .368
2020 WCC Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
2019–20 WAC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Utah Valley 2 0   1.000     5 9   .357
Cal State Bakersfield 1 0   1.000     9 5   .643
UTRGV 1 0   1.000     6 8   .429
New Mexico State 1 0   1.000     4 10   .286
Kansas City 1 1   .500     8 8   .500
Seattle 1 1   .500     7 8   .467
Grand Canyon 0 1   .000     5 7   .417
California Baptist* 0 2   .000     8 8   .500
Chicago State 0 2   .000     0 15   .000
2020 WAC Tournament winner
As of January 24, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll
*California Baptist ineligible for WAC Tournament as part of reclassification from Division II

Award winners[edit]

Major player of the year awards[edit]

Major freshman of the year awards[edit]

Major coach of the year awards[edit]

Other major awards[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

Several teams will change coaches during and after the season.

Team Former
coach
Interim
coach
New
coach
Reason
UC Riverside John Margaritis Seyram Bell Margartis announced his resignation on September 13 after 15 seasons at UC Riverside, a day after being placed on unpaid leave when the school launched an investigation into accusations of emotional and verbal abuse by current and former UC Riverside players against him. Assistant coach Bell was named interim head coach of the Highlanders for the 2019-20 season.[32]
Utah State Jerry Finkbeiner Ben Finkbeiner Finkbeiner, who had been on a medical leave of absence since early November, announced on November 25 that he was stepping down from his head coaching position after 7 seasons at Utah State. His son Ben, the Aggies associate head coach, was named interim head coach for the rest of the season.[33]
Villanova Harry Perretta The 64-year-old Peretta announced on October 30 that he would retire at the end of the 2019–20 season. His 42 seasons as the Wildcats' head coach tie him with Yvonne Kaufmann, who coached at Division III Elizabethtown from 1971 to 2012, for the most at a single school in NCAA history (including seasons in which women's sports were governed by the AIAW).[34]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

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