|Finals site|| Kemper Arena |
Kansas City, Missouri
|Champions||Tennessee Volunteers (6th title)|
|Runner-up||Louisiana Tech Techsters (6th title game)|
The 1998 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament began on March 13, 1998, and concluded on March 29, 1998, when Tennessee won the national title. The Final Four was held at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 27–29, 1998. Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, NC State, and Arkansas qualified to the Final Four. Tennessee and Louisiana Tech won their semi-final Final Four matchups and continued on to the championship. Tennessee defeated Louisiana Tech 93–75 to take their sixth title, and complete an undefeated season (39–0).
For the first time in the men's or women's tournament, two teams, Tennessee and Liberty, entered the tournament unbeaten (this feat was replicated in 2014 by the women's teams from Connecticut and Notre Dame). In the Mideast Regional, the Lady Vols blew out Liberty 102–58. However, in the West Regional, the expected 1–16 blowout did not happen. In that matchup, Harvard defeated an injury-plagued #1 seed Stanford on its home court 71–67. This was the first time in the men's or women's tournament that a #16 seed had beaten a #1 seed, a feat that would not be repeated until 2018 in the men's tournament. In addition, 9th-seeded Arkansas made the final four, the highest seed ever to do so in the women's tournament. The ninth-seeded Razorbacks remain the lowest seeded team to ever reach the Final Four in the women's tournament. Only 10th-seeded Oregon in 2017, 10th-seeded Creighton in 2022 and 11th-seeded Gonzaga in 2011 have even reached an Elite Eight to be in position to break this record. In addition, Arkansas remains the only 9 seed to even reach the Elite Eight in the women's tournament.
Sixty-four teams were selected to participate in the 1998 NCAA Tournament. Thirty conferences were eligible for an automatic bid to the 1998 NCAA tournament.
|University of Connecticut||Big East||31–2||17–1||2|
|Drake University||Missouri Valley Conference||25–4||17–1||5|
|Florida International University||Trans America||28–1||15–1||7|
|Grambling State University||SWAC||23–6||14–2||16|
|University of Wisconsin–Green Bay||Horizon League||21–8||11–3||14|
|Harvard University||Ivy League||22–4||12–2||16|
|College of the Holy Cross||Patriot League||21–8||10–2||14|
|Kent State University||MAC||23–6||18–0||13|
|Liberty University||Big South Conference||28–0||12–0||16|
|Louisiana Tech University||Sun Belt Conference||26–3||13–1||3|
|University of Maine||America East||21–8||13–5||13|
|University of Memphis||Conference USA||22–7||14–2||5|
|Middle Tennessee State University||Ohio Valley Conference||18–11||11–7||15|
|University of Montana||Big Sky Conference||24–5||15–1||14|
|University of New Mexico||WAC||26–6||10–4||8|
|University of North Carolina||ACC||24–6||11–5||2|
|Old Dominion University||Colonial||27–2||16–0||1|
|Purdue University||Big Ten||20–9||10–6||4|
|Santa Clara University||West Coast Conference||23–7||11–3||14|
|St. Francis (PA)||Northeast Conference||22–7||14–2||16|
|Stephen F. Austin State University||Southland||25–3||15–1||9|
|University of Tennessee||SEC||33–0||14–0||1|
|Texas Tech University||Big 12 Conference||25–4||15–1||1|
|University of California, Santa Barbara||Big West Conference||26–5||14–1||11|
|University of North Carolina at Greensboro||Southern Conference||21–8||12–4||15|
|Virginia Tech||Atlantic 10||21–9||11–5||11|
|Youngstown State University||Mid-Continent||27–2||15–1||12|
Thirty-four additional teams were selected to complete the sixty-four invitations.
|University of Alabama||Southeastern||22–9||10–4||2|
|University of Arizona||Pacific-10||21–6||14–4||3|
|University of Arkansas||Southeastern||18–10||7–7||9|
|Clemson University||Atlantic Coast||24–7||12–4||6|
|Colorado State University||Western Athletic||23–5||11–3||12|
|Duke University||Atlantic Coast||21–7||13–3||2|
|University of Florida||Southeastern||21–8||10–4||3|
|The George Washington University||Atlantic 10||19–9||12–4||10|
|University of Georgia||Southeastern||17–10||8–6||7|
|University of Hawaii at Mānoa||Western Athletic||24–3||13–1||8|
|University of Illinois||Big Ten||18–9||12–4||3|
|University of Iowa||Big Ten||17–10||13–3||4|
|Iowa State University||Big 12||24–7||12–4||4|
|University of Kansas||Big 12||21–8||11–5||5|
|University of Louisville||Conference USA||19–11||12–4||10|
|Marquette University||Conference USA||22–6||13–3||10|
|University of Massachusetts||Atlantic 10||19–10||11–5||13|
|University of Miami||Big East||19–9||13–5||11|
|University of Michigan||Big Ten||19–9||10–6||10|
|Missouri State University||Missouri Valley||24–5||14–4||8|
|University of Nebraska–Lincoln||Big 12||22–9||11–5||9|
|North Carolina State University||Atlantic Coast||21–6||12–4||4|
|University of Notre Dame||Big East||20–9||12–6||9|
|University of Oregon||Pacific-10||17–9||13–5||12|
|Rutgers University||Big East||20–9||14–4||5|
|Southern Methodist University||Western Athletic||21–7||11–3||11|
|Tulane University||Conference USA||21–6||12–4||12|
|University of California, Los Angeles||Pacific-10||19–8||14–4||7|
|University of Utah||Western Athletic||21–5||11–3||7|
|University of Virginia||Atlantic Coast||18–9||9–7||6|
|University of Washington||Pacific-10||18–9||9–9||13|
|Western Kentucky University||Sun Belt||25–8||12–2||8|
|University of Wisconsin–Madison||Big Ten||21–9||9–7||6|
Thirty conferences earned an automatic bid. In nineteen cases, the automatic bid was the only representative from the conference. Thirty-four additional at-large teams were selected from eleven of the conferences.
|6||Southeastern||Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Vanderbilt|
|5||Atlantic Coast||North Carolina, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina St., Virginia|
|5||Big Ten||Purdue, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin|
|5||Pacific-10||Stanford, Arizona, Oregon, UCLA, Washington|
|5||Western Athletic||New Mexico, Colorado St., Hawaii, SMU, Utah|
|4||Big 12||Texas Tech, Iowa St., Kansas, Nebraska|
|4||Big East||Connecticut, Miami, Notre Dame, Rutgers|
|4||Conference USA||Memphis, Louisville, Marquette, Tulane|
|3||Atlantic 10||Virginia Tech, George Washington, Massachusetts|
|2||Missouri Valley||Drake, Missouri St.|
|2||Sun Belt||Louisiana Tech, Western Ky.|
|1||Big West||UC Santa Barb.|
|1||Northeast||St. Francis (PA)|
|1||Ohio Valley||Middle Tenn.|
|1||Southland||Stephen F. Austin|
|1||West Coast||Santa Clara|
In 1998, the field remained at 64 teams. The teams were seeded, and assigned to four geographic regions, with seeds 1–16 in each region. In Round 1, seeds 1 and 16 faced each other, as well as seeds 2 and 15, seeds 3 and 14, seeds 4 and 13, seeds 5 and 12, seeds 6 and 11, seeds 7 and 10, and seeds 8 and 9. In the first two rounds, the top four seeds were given the opportunity to host the first round game. In all cases, the higher seed accepted the opportunity.
The following table lists the region, host school, venue and the sixteen first and second round locations:
|East||1&2||Old Dominion University||Old Dominion University Fieldhouse||Norfolk||Virginia|
|East||1&2||North Carolina State University||Reynolds Coliseum||Raleigh||North Carolina|
|East||1&2||University of Connecticut||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion||Storrs||Connecticut|
|East||1&2||University of Arizona||McKale Center||Tucson||Arizona|
|Mideast||1&2||University of North Carolina||Carmichael Auditorium||Chapel Hill||North Carolina|
|Mideast||1&2||University of Tennessee||Thompson-Boling Arena||Knoxville||Tennessee|
|Mideast||1&2||University of Illinois||Assembly Hall (Champaign)||Champaign||Illinois|
|Mideast||1&2||Iowa State University||Hilton Coliseum||Ames||Iowa|
|Midwest||1&2||Louisiana Tech University||Thomas Assembly Center||Ruston||Louisiana|
|Midwest||1&2||Purdue University||Mackey Arena||West Lafayette||Indiana|
|Midwest||1&2||University of Alabama||Coleman Coliseum||Tuscaloosa||Alabama|
|Midwest||1&2||Texas Tech University||Lubbock Municipal Coliseum||Lubbock||Texas|
|West||1&2||University of Iowa||Carver–Hawkeye Arena||Iowa City||Indiana|
|West||1&2||Stanford University||Maples Pavilion||Stanford||California|
|West||1&2||University of Florida||O'Connell Center||Gainesville||Florida|
|West||1&2||Duke University||Cameron Indoor Stadium||Durham||North Carolina|
The Regionals, named for the general location, were held from March 20 to March 23 at these sites:
Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four held March 27 and March 29 in Kansas City, Missouri, at the Kemper Arena
The sixty-four teams came from thirty-four states, plus Washington, D.C. Four states, California, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina each had the most teams with four bids. Sixteen states did not have any teams receiving bids.
|4||California||Santa Clara, Stanford, UC Santa Barb., UCLA|
|4||North Carolina||North Carolina, UNC Greensboro, Duke, North Carolina St.|
|4||Tennessee||Memphis, Middle Tenn., Tennessee, Vanderbilt|
|4||Virginia||Liberty, Old Dominion, Virginia Tech, Virginia|
|3||Florida||FIU, Florida, Miami|
|3||Iowa||Drake, Iowa, Iowa St.|
|3||Louisiana||Grambling, Louisiana Tech, Tulane|
|3||Massachusetts||Harvard, Holy Cross, Massachusetts|
|3||Texas||Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, SMU|
|3||Wisconsin||Green Bay, Marquette, Wisconsin|
|2||District of Columbia||Howard, George Washington|
|2||Indiana||Purdue, Notre Dame|
|2||Kentucky||Louisville, Western Ky.|
|2||Ohio||Kent St., Youngstown St.|
|1||New Mexico||New Mexico|
March 13 and 14
March 15 and 16
|1||at Old Dominion||92|
|16||St. Francis, PA||39|
|4||North Carolina State||55|
|4||North Carolina State||88|
|4||at North Carolina State||89|
|4||North Carolina State||60|
March 13 and 14
Higher Seed's Home Court
March 15 and 16
Higher Seed's Home Court
|9||Stephen F. Austin||76|
|4||at Iowa State||79|
|11||UC Santa Barbara||76|
|11||UC Santa Barbara||65|
|2||at North Carolina||91|
March 12 and 13
Higher Seed's Home Court
March 14 and 15
Higher Seed's Home Court
|1||at Texas Tech||87|
|8||SW Missouri State||64|
|3||at Louisiana Tech||86|
March 13 and 14
Higher Seed's Home Court
March 15 and 16
Higher Seed's Home Court*
E-East; ME-Mideast; MW-Midwest; W-West.
Sixteen conferences had more than one bid, or at least one win in NCAA Tournament play:
|Conference||# of Bids||Record||Win %||Round|
Fourteen conferences went 0–1: America East, Big Sky Conference, Big South Conference, Horizon League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Northeast Conference, Ohio Valley Conference, Patriot League, Southern Conference, Southland, SWAC, and West Coast Conference
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