NCAA Women's Division III Basketball Championship

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NCAA Women's Division III Basketball Championship
NCAA logo.svg
Sport College basketball
Founded 1982
No. of teams 64
Country NCAA Division III (U.S.)
Most recent champion(s) Thomas More College
Official website NCAA.com

The NCAA Women's Division III Basketball Championship is the annual tournament to determine the national champions of women's NCAA Division III collegiate basketball in the United States. It has been held annually since 1982, when the NCAA began to sponsor women's sports at all three levels.

Washington–St. Louis are the most successful program, with five national titles. The current champions are Thomas More, who won their first national title in 2015.

History[edit]

1982 Final Four[edit]

Held in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, the 1982 Women's Final Four Basketball Tournament was the first sponsored by the NCAA. Featuring host Elizabethtown College, Clark College (Massachusetts), Pomona College (California) and the University of North Carolina Greensboro (North Carolina), the tournament was played in a classic field house over a three-day period. In the first game of the National Semi-Final, Elizabethtown took control right from the tip-off against Clark College and easily cruised to a 71-51 victory. In the second game of the Final Four, Pomona College took the lead early in the game but North Carolina Greensboro battled back to tie the game at 56 with six minutes to play. Greensboro then went on a run and pulled away for a 77-66 win. Elizabethtown and Greensboro turned the championship game into an epic battle of lead changes and shifts in momentum. Last second heroics by Greensboro sent the game into overtime, but Elizabethtown came up with the final stop in overtime to win 67-66 in overtime. Television coverage was provided by a fledgling ESPN while exclusive radio coverage was provided by KSPC Radio - Pomona College's tiny KSPC sports broadcasting group with Geoff Willis (Pomona College '83) and James Timmerman (Pomona College '82) providing the play by play and color. ESPN was so embryonic that the game was broadcast multiple times during the following two weeks and ESPN hired the KSPC Radio staff to help with background and color research about the players and the teams.

Results[edit]

NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship
Year Finals Site Arena Championship
Champion Score Runner-up
1982
Details
Elizabethtown, PA Thompson Gymnasium Elizabethtown 67–66
(OT)
UNC Greensboro
1983
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Worcester, MA Kneller Athletics Center North Central (IL) 83–71 Elizabethtown
1984
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Scranton, PA John Long Center Rust 51–49 Elizabethtown
1985
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DePere, WI Schuldes Sports Center Scranton 68–59 New Rochelle
1986
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Salem, MA Twohig Gymnasium Salem State 89–85 Bishop (TX)
1987
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Scranton, PA John Long Center UW–Stevens Point 81–74 Concordia–Moorhead
1988
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Moorhead, MN Memorial Auditorium Concordia–Moorhead 65–57 St. John Fisher
1989
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Danville, KY Alumni Gymnasium Elizabethtown 66–65 Cal State Stanislaus
1990
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Holland, MI Dow Center Hope 65–63 St. John Fisher
1991
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St. Paul, MN Schoenecker Arena St. Thomas (MN) 73–55 Muskingum
1992
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Bethlehem, PA Johnston Hall Alma 79–75 Moravian
1993
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Pella, IA Kuyper Gymnasium Central (IA) 71–63 Capital
1994
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Eau Claire, WI W.L. Zorn Arena Capital 82–63 Washington (MO)
1995
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Columbus, OH Alumni Gymnasium Capital 59–55 UW–Oshkosh
1996
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Oshkosh, WI Albee Hall UW–Oshkosh 66–50 Mount Union
1997
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New York City, NY Coles Sports Center NYU 72–70 UW–Eau Claire
1998
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Gorham, ME Warren Hill Gymnasium Washington (MO) 77–69 Southern Maine
1999
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Danbury, CT Stephen Feldman Arena Washington (MO) 74–65 St. Benedict
2000
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Washington (MO) 79–33 Southern Maine
2001
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Washington (MO) 67–45 Messiah
2002
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Terre Haute, IN Hulbert Arena UW–Stevens Point 67–65 St. Lawrence
2003
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Trinity (TX) 60–58[1] Eastern Connecticut State
2004
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Norfolk, VA Jane P. Batten Student Center Wilmington (OH) 59–53[2] Bowdoin
2005
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Millikin 70–50[3] Randolph–Macon
2006
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Springfield, MA Springfield Civic Center Hope 69–56 Southern Maine
2007
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DePauw 55–52 Washington (MO)
2008
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Holland, MI Holland Civic Center Howard Payne 68–54 Messiah
2009
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George Fox 60–53[4] Washington (MO)
2010
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Bloomington, IL Shirk Center Washington (MO) 65–59[5] Hope
2011
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Amherst 64–55 Washington (MO)
2012
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Holland, MI DeVos Fieldhouse Illinois Wesleyan 57–48[6] George Fox
2013
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DePauw 69-51 UW–Whitewater
2014
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Gorham, ME Warren Hill Gymnasium FDU–Florham 80-72 [7] Whitman
2015
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Grand Rapids, MI Van Noord Arena Thomas More 83-63 [1] George Fox
2016
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TBD TBD
2017
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Grand Rapids, MI Van Noord Arena
2018
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Rochester, MN Mayo Civic Center

Championships[edit]

School Titles Years
Washington University in St. Louis 5 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2010
DePauw 2 2007, 2013
Hope 2 1990, 2006
Wisconsin-Stevens Point 2 1987, 2002
Capital 2 1994, 1995
Elizabethtown 2 1982, 1989
Thomas More 1 2015
Farleigh Dickinson-Florham 1 2014
Illinois Wesleyan 1 2012
Amherst 1 2011
George Fox 1 2009
Howard Payne 1 2008
Millikin 1 2005
Wilmington (OH) 1 2004
Trinity (TX) 1 2003
NYU 1 1997
Wisconsin–Oshkosh 1 1996
Central (IA) 1 1993
Alma 1 1992
St. Thomas (MN) 1 1991
Concordia (Moorhead) 1 1988
Salem State 1 1986
Scranton 1 1985
Rust 1 1984
North Central 1 1983

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