All-Time Champions

A comprehensive list of collegiate women’s basketball champions by year and governing body.

NCAA Champions

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship has been the official national championship for women’s college basketball since 1981-82. The NCAA began sponsoring a national championship for women’s basketball and 11 other women’s sports in 1981-82. It marked the first time that the NCAA sponsored championship events in women’s sports. When it began in 1982, the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament featured 32 teams. It was comprised of 36 teams in 1983, 32 teams in 1984 and 1985, and 40 teams from 1986-88. In 1989, the field expanded to 48 teams and remained that way through the 1993 event. From 1994-2021, the tournament field was 64 teams before growing to 68 in 2022.

2023Louisiana StateIowaDallas, TX
2022South CarolinaUConnMinneapolis, MN
2021StanfordArizonaSan Antonio, TX
2020Canceled – COVID 19
2019BaylorNotre DameTampa, FL
2018Notre DameMississippi StateColumbus, OH
2017South CarolinaMississippi StateDallas, TX
2016UConnSyracuseIndianapolis, IN
2015UConnNotre DameTampa, FL
2014UConnNotre DameNashville, TN
2013UConnLouisvilleNew Orleans, LA
2012BaylorNotre DameDenver, CO
2011Texas A&MNotre DameIndianapolis, IN
2010UConnStanfordSan Antonio, TX
2009UConnLouisvilleSt. Louis, MO
2008TennesseeStanfordTampa, FL
2007TennesseeRutgersCleveland, OH
2006MarylandDukeBoston, MA
2005BaylorMichigan StateIndianapolis, IN
2004UConnTennesseeNew Orleans, LA
2003UConnTennesseeAtlanta, GA
2002UConnOklahomaSan Antonio, TX
2001Notre DamePurdueSt. Louis, MO
2000UConnTennesseePhiladelphia, PA
1999PurdueDukeSan Jose, CA
1998TennesseeLouisiana TechKansas City, MO
1997TennesseeOld DominionCincinnati, OH
1996TennesseeGeorgiaCharlotte, NC
1995UConnTennesseeMinneapolis, MN
1994North CarolinaLouisiana TechRichmond, VA
1993Texas TechOhio StateAtlanta, GA
1992StanfordWestern KentuckyLos Angeles, CA
1991TennesseeVirginiaNew Orleans, LA
1990StanfordAuburnKnoxville, TN
1989TennesseeAuburnTacoma, WA
1988Louisiana TechAuburnTacoma, WA
1987TennesseeLouisiana TechAustin, TX
1986TexasUSCLexington, KY
1985Old DominionGeorgiaAustin, TX
1984USCTennesseeLos Angeles, CA
1983USCLouisiana TechNorfolk, VA
1982Louisiana TechCheyney StateNorfolk, VA

AIAW Champions

The Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women was founded in 1971 to govern women’s athletics and administer national championship events. It began in 1967 as the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. The AIAW Tournament for women’s basketball was contested each year from 1972-1982. It is recognized as the official women’s basketball national championship event from 1972-1981. There was one year of overlap with the NCAA Championship in 1982, after which time the NCAA took over sole governance of women’s collegiate athletics. As part of the AIAW Tournament, 16 teams were invited to the national tournament following 10 regional tournaments. Ten of the participants were winners of regional tournaments, while six were at-large selections. Beginning in 1975, the event was divided by divisions and held tournaments for Division I, Division II and Division III.

1982RutgersTexasPhiladelphia, PA
1981Louisiana TechTennesseeEugene, OR
1980Old DominionTennesseeMt. Pleasant, MI
1979Old DominionLouisiana TechGreensboro, NC
1978UCLAMarylandLos Angeles, CA
1977Delta StateLouisiana StateMinneapolis, MN
1976Delta StateImmaculataUniversity Park, PA
1975Delta StateImmaculataHarrisonburg, VA
1974ImmaculataMississippi State College for WomenManhattan, KS
1973ImmaculataQueensFlushing, NY
1972ImmaculataWest Chester StateNormal, IL

CIAW Champions

The CIAW Tournament, as part of the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, served as the national championship event for women’s basketball from 1969-71.

1971Mississippi State College for WomenWest ChesterCullowhee, NC
1970West ChesterWestern CarolinaWest Chester, PA

National Women’s Invitational Tournament

The National Women’s Invitational Tournament was contested from 1969 to 1996. Like its counterpart from the men’s side, the National Invitation Tournament, in the early days, the NWIT served as an alternative national championship for women’s basketball. From 1969-77, the NWIT Champions were considered national champions. From 1969-74, the event also included junior colleges. The eight-team tournament was originally held at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas. Beginning in the late 1970s, the NWIT became a secondary tournament, as did the NIT on the men’s side. The NWIT folded in 1996 but returned in 1998 as the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, managed by Triple Crown Sports.

1977Wayland BaptistUCLAAmarillo, TX
1976Wayland BaptistUCLAAmarillo, TX
1975Wayland BaptistUCLAAmarillo, TX
1974Wayland BaptistJohn F. Kennedy College Amarillo, TX
1973Wayland BaptistJohn F. Kennedy College Amarillo, TX
1972Wayland BaptistJohn F. Kennedy College Amarillo, TX
1971Wayland BaptistParsonsAmarillo, TX
1970Wayland BaptistMidwestern StateAmarillo, TX
1969Wayland BaptistOuachita BaptistAmarillo, TX

AAU Champions

The Amateur Athletic Union first sponsored a national championship for women’s basketball beginning in 1926. At its inception, the AAU women’s basketball championship was played with men’s basketball rules, which was highly controversial at the time. More than 5,000 fans attended the very first event. The AAU Champion was the official national champion for women’s basketball from 1926 to 1969, when the CIAW and NWIT began hosting national championship events. Women’s basketball teams at the time were club teams sponsored by corporations. While a number of universities began sponsoring women’s basketball teams in the early 1900s, many had disbanded their programs by the late 1920s and, by the end of the decade, only 12 percent of colleges and universities fielded varsity women’s basketball teams.

1979Anna’s BananasSophisticated Ladies (WDC)Allentown, PA
1978Anna’s BananasAdidas (formerly National General)Cyprus College, CA
1977General WestWayland BaptistGallup, NM
1976Wayland BaptistJohn F. Kennedy College Amarillo, TX
1975Wayland BaptistJohn F. Kennedy College Amarillo, TX
1974Wayland BaptistJohn F. Kennedy College Amarillo, TX
1973John F. Kennedy College ParsonsAmarillo, TX
1972John F. Kennedy College Midwestern StateAmarillo, TX
1971Wayland BaptistOuachita BaptistAmarillo, TX
1970Wayland BaptistOuachita BaptistGallup, NM 
1969Nashville Business CollegeJohn F Kennedy College Amarillo, TX
1968Nashville Business CollegeWayland BaptistGallup, NM 
1967Nashville Business CollegeRaytownGallup, NM 
1966Nashville Business CollegeWayland BaptistGallup, NM 
1965Nashville Business CollegeWayland BaptistGallup, NM 
1964Nashville Business CollegeWayland BaptistSt. Joseph, MO 
1963Nashville Business CollegeWayland BaptistSt. Joseph, MO 
1962Nashville Business CollegeWayland BaptistSt. Joseph, MO 
1961Wayland BaptistNashville Business CollegeSt. Joseph, MO 
1960Nashville Business CollegeWayland BaptistSt. Joseph, MO 
1959Wayland BaptistNashville Business CollegeSt. Joseph, MO 
1958Nashville Business CollegeIowa WesleyanSt. Joseph, MO 
1957Wayland BaptistIowa WesleyanSt. Joseph, MO 
1956Wayland BaptistNashville Business CollegeSt. Joseph, MO 
1955Wayland BaptistOmaha Commercial Extension (OCE) St. Joseph, MO 
1954Wayland BaptistKansas City Dons St. Joseph, MO 
1953Hanes HosieryWayland BaptistSt. Joseph, MO 
1952Hanes HosieryAICWichita, KS
1951Hanes HosieryWayland BaptistDallas, TX
1950Nashville Business CollegeCook’s Goldblumes St. Joseph, MO 
1949Cook’s GoldblumesNashville Business CollegeSt. Joseph, MO 
1948Cook’s Goldblumes Atlanta BluesSt. Joseph, MO 
1947Atlanta Sports Arena Blues Cook’s Goldblumes St. Joseph, MO 
1946Cook’s Goldblumes Dr. Wett’s (IA)St. Joseph, MO 
1945Vultee Bomberettes Little Rock Dr. PepperSt. Joseph, MO 
1944Vultee Bomberettes AIBSt. Joseph, MO 
1943AICAIBSt. Joseph, MO 
1942AICLittle Rock FlyersSt. Joseph, MO 
1941Little Rock FlyersNashville Business CollegeSt. Joseph, MO 
1940Little Rock FlyersNashville Business CollegeSt. Joseph, MO 
1939AnicosLittle Rock FlyersWichita, KS
1938AnicosWichitaWichita, KS
1937Little Rock FlyersGalveston Anicos (TX)Wichita, KS
1936Tulsa Business College Stenos El DoradoWichita, KS
1935Tulsa Business College Stenos Holdenville Flyers (OK)Wichita, KS
1934Tulsa Business College Stenos Oklahoma CityWichita, KS
1933Presbyterian College (OK) Golden CyclonesWichita, KS
1932Presbyterian College (OK) Golden CyclonesShreveport, LA
1931Dallas Golden Cyclones Wichita ThurstonsDallas, TX
1930Sunoco Oilers SparkmanWichita, KS
1929Sunoco Oilers Employer’s Casualty Company/Gold Cyclones Wichita, KS
1928Canceled: Sunoco Oilers Declared Champions 
1927Canceled: Sunoco Oilers Declared Champions 
1926Pasadena Athletic & Country Club AnaheimLos Angeles, CA