AIAW women's basketball tournament

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AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament
FormerlyCIAW Tournament
Sport Basketball
Replaced by NCAA tournament
No. of teams16 / 24
CountryFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Most titles Immaculata, Delta State (3 each)
TV partner(s) NBC (championship game)

The AIAW women's basketball tournament was a national tournament for women's collegiate basketball teams in the United States, held annually from 1972 to 1982. [1] [2] The winners of the AIAW tournaments from 1972 to 1981 are recognized as the national champions for those years. [3] [4] [5] [6]



The AIAW tournament was discontinued after the NCAA began sponsoring a women's collegiate basketball tournament in 1982. (In 1982, both the AIAW and NCAA sponsored competing tournaments.) The AIAW tournament was preceded by a tournament sponsored by the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (CIAW), which was held from 1969 to 1971. [1]

Sixteen teams were invited to the tournament following qualifying rounds played on college campuses (except 24 teams were invited for the 1980 and 1981 tournaments). Ten of the sixteen teams were the winners of regional tournaments. The country had nine regions, but the Eastern regional was subdivided in a Region 1A and a Region 1B. The winners of those regional championships automatically proceeded to the National tournament, then a selection committee chose additional teams based upon considerations for individual team performance and geographical balance. [7] Beginning in 1975, the AIAW divided its teams into divisions, and held separate tournaments for Division II and Division III teams.

Pre-NCAA statistics, based on AIAW Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries. [8]

Division I/Large College



1972 Immaculata 52–48 West Chester State Normal, Illinois
1973 Immaculata (2)59–52 Queens College Flushing, New York
1974 Immaculata (3)68–53 Mississippi College Manhattan, Kansas
1975 Delta State 90–81 Immaculata Harrisonburg, Virginia
1976 Delta State (2)69–64 Immaculata State College, Pennsylvania
1977 Delta State (3)68–55 LSU Minneapolis, Minnesota
1978 UCLA 90–74 Maryland Los Angeles, California
1979 Old Dominion 75–65 Louisiana Tech Greensboro, North Carolina
1980 Old Dominion (2)68–53 Tennessee Mount Pleasant, Michigan
1981 Louisiana Tech 79–59 Tennessee Eugene, Oregon
1982 Rutgers 83–77 Texas Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team appearances

The code in each cell represents the furthest the team made it in the respective tournament:

TeamApps. 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82
Arkansas 1T16
Baylor 2T125th
Boise State 1T16
Boston University 1T24
Brigham Young 3T12T12T16
California 1QF
UC Riverside 1T12
Cal State Fullerton 53rdT123rdT12T16
Central Missouri State 2T24T16
Cheyney State 2T24QF
Clemson 1T24
Colorado 2T24T16
Delta State 4CHCHCHQF
Detroit 1T24
District of Columbia 1T8
East Carolina 1T12
East Stroudsburg State 2QFT16
Fordham 1QF
Fresno State 1T16
Georgia Southern 1T16
Georgia State 1T24
Illinois State 3T16T12T16
Immaculata 6CHCHCHRURU4th
Indiana 3QF4thT8
Indiana State 1T16
Jackson State 1T16
James Madison 1T16
Kansas 3T12T16T16
Kansas State 6T12T166thT12T12T16
Kentucky 2T24T16
Lehman 1T16
Long Beach State 6T12T16T12T12QFQF
Louisiana Tech 3RU4thCH
Maryland 4RUQFQFQF
Mercer 2QFT24
Miami (OH) 1T16
Michigan State 1T16
Minnesota 3T16T24QF
Mississippi 1T12
Mississippi College 3RUT8T12
Mississippi Women 14th
Missouri 2T12T12
Montana 1T16
Montclair State 26th3rd
North Carolina State 3QFT16T16
Northern Illinois 1QF
Northwestern 3QFT16T24
Ohio State 2T12T16
Old Dominion 3CHCH3rd
Oregon 2T16T16
Oregon State 2T16T24
Penn State 1T16
Phillips 1QF
Portland State 1T16
Providence 1T16
Queens (NY) 5T12RUT8T12T12QF
Rutgers 4T12T24T16CH
St. John's (NY) 1T16
Saint Joseph's 1T12
San Francisco 1T24
South Carolina 2T123rd
South Dakota State 1T16
USC 2T244th
Southern Connecticut 8T123rd3rd4thT86thQFT12
Stephen F. Austin 6QFT12T12QFQFT16
Syracuse 1T24
Tennessee 53rdT163rdRURU
Tennessee Tech 5T166thT125thT8
Tennessee–Martin 1QF
Texas 3T16T24RU
Utah 3T16T8T16
Utah State 4T12T16T16T16
Valdosta State 2T12T12
Vanderbilt 1T16
Villanova 1SF
Washington 1T16
Washington State 1T16
Wayland Baptist 65th5th3rd4thQFSF
West Chester State 1RU
West Georgia 1T16
Western Washington 3QFT12T16
William Penn 34thT84th
Wisconsin 1QF
Wisconsin–La Crosse 1T16

Division II/Small College


1975 Phillips Talladega Pueblo, Colorado
1976 Berry (GA) 68–62 West Georgia Ashland, Ohio
1977 Southeastern Louisiana 92–76 Phillips Pomona, California
1978 High Point 92–88 South Carolina State Florence, South Carolina
1979 South Carolina State 75–65 Dayton Fargo, North Dakota
1980 Dayton 83–53 College of Charleston Dayton, Ohio
1981 William Penn 64–51 College of Charleston Dayton, Ohio
1982 Francis Marion 92–63 College of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina


TeamApps. 76 77 78 79 80 81 82
Abilene Christian 1QF
Air Force 2R16R24
Arkansas–Monticello 1R16
Arkansas Tech 1R16
Ashland 24thQF
Berry (GA) 4CH3rd3rdR16
Biola 5R164th4thR16QF
Cal State Los Angeles 1R16
Cal Poly Pomona 4R16QFQF3rd
Carson-Newman 1R24
Centenary (LA) 1FR
Charleston (WV)
(Morris Harvey)
College of Charleston 3RURURU
Colorado College 2R16R16
Dayton 5R16R16RUCHR16
Eastern Connecticut 1R16
Eastern Illinois 1QF
Eastern New Mexico 1R16
Eastern Washington 2R16R16
Emporia State 1R16
Florida International 1FR
Fordham 1R16
Fort Lewis 1R16
Francis Marion 4QFQFR16CH
George Williams 1R16
Grand View 1R16
High Point 3QFCHQF
Hofstra 1R24
Idaho 2R24R16
Langston 1R16
Lenoir-Rhyne 2QF4th
Livingston 2R16QF
Louisiana College 24thQF
Midland Lutheran 1QF
Montana State Billings
(Eastern Montana)
Morgan State 2QFR16
Nebraska–Omaha 1R24
Niagara 23rdR24
North Dakota State 2R16SF
Pepperdine 2QFR16
Phillips (OK) 23rdRU
Princeton 1QF
St. John Fisher 1R16
St. Peter's 1R16
Salisbury State 1R16
San Francisco 1R16
Seton Hall 2R16QF
Seton Hill 1R16
Shorter 1R16
South Carolina State 3RUCHR16
Southeast Missouri State 1R24
Southeastern Louisiana 4R16CHQFR16
Southwest Missouri State 1R16
Springfield 1R16
Tarkio 2QFR16
Texas Wesleyan 1R16
Tougaloo 1QF
Tuskegee 24thQF
Union (KY) 1QF
Ursinus 1R16
West Georgia 3RUR16R24
William Carey 1R16
William Penn 4QF3rdCHSF

Division III


1980 Worcester State 76–73 Wisconsin–La Crosse Spokane, Washington
1981 Wisconsin–La Crosse 79–71 Mount Mercy Dayton, Ohio
1982 Concordia–Moorhead 73–72 Mount Mercy Cedar Rapids, Iowa


TeamApps. 80 81 82
Adrian 1R16
Aquinas 1T8
Bethany 1R16
Biola 1QF
Bridgewater (VA) 1R24
UC Davis 1QF
Christopher Newport 1R24
Columbia (SC) 2R24R16
Concordia–Moorhead 1CH
Concordia (OR) 1R16
Eastern Connecticut State 1R16
Elizabethtown 2R24QF
Juniata 1QF
Knoxville 2QFQF
Lee (TN) 1QF
Linfield 1R24
Malone 1QF
McMurry 1R16
Millersville State 14th
Minnesota–Morris 1R16
Mount Mercy 34thRURU
Notre Dame de Namur 1R16
Pacific Lutheran 1R24
Pitt Johnstown 2R164th
Rhode Island College 1R16
Roanoke 1R16
San Francisco State 2QFQF
Scranton 13rd
Spring Arbor 2R24R16
Tarleton State 2R16R16
Western Oregon 1R16
Willamette 1R24
Wisconsin–La Crosse 2RUCH
Wisconsin–Whitewater 2R163rd
Worcester State 2CH3rd

Junior/Community College

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