Top 5 Women's College Basketball Teams in Championship History
The men are not the only ones having fun this March.
Do not let anyone tell you that women's basketball is not as exhilarating to watch (e.g. Brittney Griner's dunking ability). History has proved all the madness still exists in the women's NCAA tournament. Between undefeated seasons and consecutive championships, nothing has been impossible for these ladies.
So in order to get you enthusiastic for the women's championship, here is a look at the top five teams to ever play in the NCAA women's basketball tournament.
Louisiana Tech 1982
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The NCAA Championship is still a rather new event for women’s college basketball, only implementing March Madness 33 years ago. Louisiana Tech won the inaugural national championship in 1982 with a 35-1 record.
Before loosing to Old Dominion University, Louisiana Tech had a 54-game winning streak, an NCAA record at the time. They would not loose again; in fact, Louisiana Tech scored more than 100 points in 11 games in 1982.
The Lady Techsters were the first seed in the Midwest and rightfully so. They showed their dominance by obliterating Tennessee Tech 114-52 in the first round.
Louisiana Tech’s championship also showed the amount of support women's basketball really had, with 9,531 fans attending the final game.
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Twenty-eight years ago Texas Women’s Basketball became the first team in NCAA history to complete a perfect season (34-0). Jody Conradt coached the only Texas Women’s team to win a championship. Talent was far from lacking, with threats on the bench as well as on the court.
Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil had a Cinderella-story season—the freshmen transformed from bench warmer to the second-leading scorer and the NCAA Tournament MVP.
Kamie Ethridge left everything on the court as she played all 40 minutes of the championship game, tallying 10 assists and three steals. Ethridge now resides as a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Fran Harris led the Longhorns in scoring and started every game. She reminded fans why she was such a great leader by posting 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting during the national semifinal versus Western Kentucky.
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It is a given any conversation discussing victorious women’s college teams is going to include Head Coach Pat Summit.
After winning back-to-back championships in 1996 and 1997, Summit exceeded all expectations by going 39-0 in the 1997-98 season and winning a third consecutive title.
The Lady Vols led the nation in scoring (89.1 points per game) and averaged a margin of victory of 31.2 points during the regular season. Phenoms Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings and Semeka Randall (also known as “The Meeks”) led their team to a 93-75 victory over Louisiana Tech in the championship finals.
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After UConn became the fourth team to hoist a perfect season (39-0) in 2002, thoughts began to circulate if the Lady Huskies were the best team in women’s college basketball history.
Their offense (87.0 ppg), defense (51.6 ppg) and all-around talent made experts believe it could not get any better. ESPN Correspondent Michele Tafoya said, “How much more can you spread the wealth? Asjha Jones was the Big East tournament MVP. Swin Cash was the Final Four MVP. Sue Bird was the national player of the year.”
Their smallest margin of victory was a staggering nine points.
UConn 2009 and 2010
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These two teams produced a serious case of déjà vu. The Huskies went two consecutive seasons undefeated, and as if that was not a big enough accomplishment, the program is the only team in NCAA Division I women's basketball history to finish as undefeated national champions sequentially.
In 2009, the Connecticut ladies beat all their opponents by double digits. The teams generated Tina Charles (who went on to become the first-overall pick in the WNBA draft), Maya Moore (the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 NCAA Tournament), Renee Montgomery, Kalana Green and Caroline Doty.
You can’t beat 78-0.