1993 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament

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1993 NCAA Division I
women's basketball tournament
Finals siteOmni Coliseum
Atlanta, Georgia
ChampionsTexas Tech Raiders (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-upOhio State (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
MOPSheryl Swoopes (Texas Tech)
NCAA Division I women's tournaments
«1992 1994»

The 1993 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament began on March 17 and ended on April 4. The tournament featured 48 teams. The Final Four consisted of Ohio State, Iowa, Vanderbilt, and Texas Tech, with Texas Tech defeating Ohio State 84–82 to win its first NCAA title.[1] Texas Tech's Sheryl Swoopes was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.[2]

To date, this is the last time UConn has failed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen or later.

Notable events[edit]

Ohio State failed to earn an invitation to the NCAA tournament in the prior two years, but in 1993, they added Katie Smith, the Gatorade National player of the year,[3] to the roster, who helped lead the team to a 24–3 regular season record and an NCAA invitation as a 1 seed. The Buckeyes won their first two games easily, but faced a challenge in the East Regional final game against Virginia. The Cavaliers had been in the three previous Final Fours, including a national runner up finish in 1991. Despite 30 points from Virginia's Heather Burge, the Ohio State team won a close match, 75–73, to move on to their first ever NCAA Final Four. With time winding down, and trailing by two points, Virginia raced down the court and Dana Evans would hit a three-point shot, but it was disallowed, because the coach had called a timeout with 0.6 seconds left in the game. The inbounds pass was never touched, and went out of bounds, turning the ball over to Ohio State. Although they only had to inbound the ball, the inbounder stepped on the line, giving the ball back to Virginia. However, the inbounds pass by the Cavaliers was blocked, and Ohio State held on to win.[4]

In the Mideast Regional, the Tennessee team was the top seed. Tennessee had won the National Championship three of the prior six years an advanced to the regional final with wins of 20 points or more in their first two games. Iowa, who had shared the championship of the Big Ten with Ohio State, was the second seed in the region, and faced Tennessee in the regional Final. Iowa was coached by Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer who had lost her husband to a heart attack during the season. The Tennessee team was trying to win the 500th victory for their coach Pat Summitt. The Iowa team would prevail, sending Iowa to their first ever Final Four (although the coach had been in the first NCAA Final four as coach of Cheyney State).[5]

Texas Tech was the second seeded team in the West regional, where long time power Stanford was the top seed. However, Colorado upset Stanford in the regional semi-finals, while Texas Tech beat Washington, then USC to face Colorado in the regional finals. That game wasn't close, as Texas Tech, with Sheryl Swoopes, the "Michael Jordan of women's basketball" beat Colorado by 25 points to make it to their first ever Final Four. This set up a match up with Vanderbilt, the number one seeded winner of the Midwest Regional, who were also appearing in their first ever Final Four.

The Final Four included four teams who had never been in a Final Four before,[6] the first time that had happened since the very first NCAA Final Four in 1982. In one semifinal, second seeded Texas Tech faced a number one seed in Vanderbilt, but Texas Tech would win easily, 60–46, while Vanderbilt set a tournament record for fewest points in a half, of a semi-final game, with only 20 points in the second half.[7]

In the other semifinal, two Big Ten teams faced each other. Ohio State and Iowa had squared off twice in the regular season, with each winning their game at home. This time, they faced each other for the chance to play in the national championship game. At the end of regulation though, the game was tied, and they had to go to an overtime period. A timeout had been crucial in the Ohio State win over Virginia, and would become crucial in this game as well. Near the end of the game, the Iowa coach tried to signal a timeout, but the refs did not see the signal, and Iowa player Laurie Aaron tripped over a player on the floor with six seconds to go, losing the ball and turning it over. Ohio State recovered the ball and held on for a one-point victory 73–72.[8]

In the championship game, Swoopes scored 23 points in the first half to help Texas Tech take a nine-point lead at half-time. The Buckeyes did not fold, and fought back to take a 55–54 lead midway through the second half. However, Swoopes continued her record-breaking night, and scored 24 points in the second half. She completed a three-point play on a layup and foul shot to give her team a seven-point lead with under a minute to go. Ohio State hit two three-pointers in the final seconds, but it wasn't enough, and the Red Raiders won their first national championship with a score of 84–82.[9]

Tournament records[edit]

  • Points – Sheryl Swoopes scored 47 points in the championship game between Texas Tech and Ohio State, setting the record for most points scored in a Final Four game.
  • Points in a half – Sheryl Swoopes scored 24 points in the second half of the championship game between Texas Tech and Ohio state, setting the record for most points scored in a single half of a Final Four game.
  • Field goals made – Sheryl Swoopes scored 16 baskets in the championship game between Texas Tech and Ohio State, setting the record for most field goals scored in a Final Four game.
  • Free throw percentage – Sheryl Swoopes hit eleven of eleven free throw attempts in the championship game between Texas Tech and Ohio State, tying the record for best free throw percentage in a Final Four game. The eleven free throws was the most of the perfect results.
  • Free throws attempted – Vanderbilt attempted a single free throw in the semi-final game against Texas tech, the fewest free throw attempts in a Final Four game.
  • Personal fouls – Texas Tech committed eight personal fouls against Vanderbilt in the semi-final game, committing the fewest personal fouls in a Final Four game.
  • Points – Sheryl Swoopes scored 78 points in the two final four games in 1993, setting the record for most points scored in a Final Four.
  • Free throw percentage – Rutgers hit four of fifteen free throw attempts (26.7%) which is the lowest free throw percentage in an NCAA tournament game.
  • Points – Sheryl Swoopes scored 177 points in the 1993 NCAA tournament setting the record for most points scored in a tournament.
  • Free throws – Sheryl Swoopes took 57 free throw shots in the 1993 NCAA tournament setting the record for most free throws attempted in a tournament.
  • Free throw percentage – Sheryl Swoopes hit 108 of 133 free throw attempts(81.2%) in the 1993 NCAA tournament setting the record for the best free throw percentage in a tournament.[10][11]

Qualifying teams – automatic[edit]

Forty-eight teams were selected to participate in the 1993 NCAA Tournament. Twenty-three conferences were eligible for an automatic bid to the 1993 NCAA tournament.[10]

Automatic bids
Qualifying school Conference Regular
Conference Seed
Bowling Green MAC 25–4 17–1 10
BYU WAC 24–4 13–1 12
Georgia Southern Southern Conference 21–8 9–3 12
Kansas Big Eight 21–8 9–5 8
Louisville Metro 18–11 7–5 11
Miami Big East 23–6 15–3 5
Missouri State Missouri Valley Conference 21–8 14–2 10
Montana State Big Sky Conference 22–6 13–1 7
NIU Mid-Continent 24–5 15–1 11
Ohio State Big Ten 24–3 16–2 1
Old Dominion Colonial 21–7 14–0 10
Rutgers Atlantic 10 21–8 12–2 9
San Diego West Coast Conference 16–11 8–6 11
Saint Peter's MAAC 18–10 9–5 12
Stanford Pac-10 25–5 15–3 1
Stephen F. Austin Southland 27–4 17–1 4
Tennessee Tech Ohio Valley Conference 22–6 14–2 7
Texas Tech Southwest 26–3 13–1 2
UC-Santa Barbara Big West Conference 18–11 13–5 5
Vanderbilt SEC 27–2 9–2 1
Virginia ACC 24–5 13–3 2
Western Kentucky Sun Belt Conference 23–6 13–1 4
Xavier Midwestern Collegiate 21–8 11–5 12

Qualifying teams – at-large[edit]

Twenty-five additional teams were selected to complete the forty-eight invitations.[10]

At-large bids
Qualifying school Conference Regular
Conference Seed
Alabama Southeastern 21–8 8–6 5
Auburn Southeastern 24–3 9–2 3
UC-Berkeley Pacific-10 18–9 10–8 9
Clemson Atlantic Coast 18–10 8–8 5
Colorado Big Eight 25–3 12–2 4
Connecticut Big East 18–10 12–6 6
DePaul Great Midwest 20–8 8–2 11
Florida Southeastern 18–9 6–5 7
Georgetown Big East 21–6 15–3 6
Georgia Southeastern 20–12 4–7 8
Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 16–10 8–8 9
Iowa Big Ten 24–3 16–2 2
Louisiana Tech Sun Belt 23–5 13–1 6
Maryland Atlantic Coast 22–7 11–5 2
Nebraska Big Eight 22–7 10–4 6
North Carolina Atlantic Coast 22–6 11–5 4
Northwestern Big Ten 18–9 13–5 8
Oklahoma State Big Eight 23–8 9–5 7
Penn State Big Ten 22–5 14–4 3
San Diego State Western Athletic 19–8 9–5 9
USC Pacific-10 21–6 14–4 3
Tennessee Southeastern 27–2 11–0 1
Texas Southwest 22–7 13–1 3
Vermont North Atlantic 28–0 14–0 8
Washington Pacific-10 16–11 11–7 10

Bids by conference[edit]

Twenty-three conferences earned an automatic bid. In fourteen cases, the automatic bid was the only representative from the conference. Two conferences, Great Midwest and North Atlantic sent a single representative as an at-large team. Twenty-three additional at-large teams were selected from nine of the conferences.[10]

Bids Conference Teams
6 SEC Vanderbilt, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee
5 ACC Virginia, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina
4 Big Eight Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma St.
4 Big Ten Ohio St., Iowa, Northwestern, Penn St.
4 Pac-10 Stanford, California, Southern California, Washington
3 Big East Miami Fla, Connecticut, Georgetown
2 Southwest Texas Tech, Texas
2 Sun Belt Western Ky., Louisiana Tech
2 WAC BYU, San Diego St.
1 Atlantic 10 Rutgers
1 Big Sky Montana St.
1 Big West UC Santa Barb.
1 Colonial Old Dominion
1 Great Midwest DePaul
1 Metro Louisville
1 MAAC St. Peter's
1 MAC Bowling Green
1 Mid-Continent Northern Ill.
1 Midwestern Xavier
1 MVC Missouri St.
1 North Atlantic Vermont
1 OVC Tennessee Tech
1 Southern Ga. Southern
1 Southland Stephen F. Austin
1 West Coast San Diego

First and second rounds[edit]

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Coral Gables
Coral Gables
Bowling Green
Bowling Green
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara
1993 NCAA first round
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Bowling Green
Bowling Green
University Park
University Park
Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill
College Park
College Park
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
1993 NCAA second round

In 1993, the field remained at 48 teams. The teams were seeded, and assigned to four geographic regions, with seeds 1–12 in each region. In Round 1, seeds 8 and 9 faced each other for the opportunity to face the 1 seed in the second round, seeds 7 and 10 played for the opportunity to face the 2 seed, seeds 5 and 12 played for the opportunity to face the 4 seed, and seeds 6 and 11 played for the opportunity to face the 3 seed. In the first two rounds, the higher seed was given the opportunity to host the first-round game. In most cases, the higher seed accepted the opportunity. The exception:[12]

  • Second seeded Iowa played seventh seeded Old Dominion at Old Dominion

Old Dominion served as a host for the first round as well as the second round, so it is listed twice.

The following table lists the region, host school, venue and the thirty-two first and second round locations:

Region Rnd Host Venue City State
East 1 University of Miami Knight Center Complex Coral Gables Florida
East 1 Bowling Green State University Anderson Arena Bowling Green Ohio
East 1 Georgetown University McDonough Gymnasium Washington District of Columbia
East 1 University of Vermont Patrick Gym Burlington Vermont
East 2 Western Kentucky University E.A. Diddle Arena Bowling Green Kentucky
East 2 Pennsylvania State University Recreation Building (Rec Hall) University Park Pennsylvania
East 2 Ohio State University St. John Arena Columbus Ohio
East 2 University of Virginia University Hall (University of Virginia) Charlottesville Virginia
Mideast 1 Northwestern University Welsh-Ryan Arena Evanston Illinois
Mideast 1 Old Dominion University Old Dominion University Fieldhouse Norfolk Virginia
Mideast 1 University of Alabama Coleman Coliseum Tuscaloosa Alabama
Mideast 1 University of Connecticut Harry A. Gampel Pavilion Storrs Connecticut
Mideast 2 Old Dominion University Old Dominion University Fieldhouse Norfolk Virginia
Mideast 2 University of North Carolina Carmichael Auditorium Chapel Hill North Carolina
Mideast 2 University of Tennessee Thompson-Boling Arena Knoxville Tennessee
Mideast 2 Auburn University Memorial Coliseum (Beard–Eaves–Memorial Coliseum) Auburn Alabama
Midwest 1 University of Kansas Allen Field House Lawrence Kansas
Midwest 1 Clemson University Littlejohn Coliseum Clemson South Carolina
Midwest 1 Missouri State University Hammons Student Center Springfield Missouri
Midwest 1 Louisiana Tech University Thomas Assembly Center Ruston Louisiana
Midwest 2 Vanderbilt University Striplin Gymnasium Nashville Tennessee
Midwest 2 Stephen F. Austin University William R. Johnson Coliseum Nacogdoches Texas
Midwest 2 University of Maryland Cole Field House College Park Maryland
Midwest 2 University of Texas Frank Erwin Center Austin Texas
West 1 University of California, Santa Barbara UC Santa Barbara Events Center Santa Barbara California
West 1 University of Georgia Georgia Coliseum (Stegeman Coliseum) Athens Georgia
West 1 University of Washington Hec Edmundson Pavilion Seattle Washington
West 1 University of Nebraska Bob Devaney Sports Center Lincoln Nebraska
West 2 Stanford University Maples Pavilion Stanford California
West 2 Texas Tech University Lubbock Municipal Coliseum Lubbock Texas
West 2 University of Southern California Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Los Angeles California
West 2 University of Colorado CU Events Center (Coors Events Center) Boulder Colorado

Regionals and Final Four[edit]

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Iowa City
Iowa City
1993 NCAA regionals and Final Four

The Regionals, named for the general location, were held from March 25 to March 27 at these sites:

Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four, held April 3 and April 4 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Omni Coliseum, (Host: Georgia Tech)

Bids by state[edit]

The forty-eight teams came from twenty-seven states, plus Washington, D.C. California had the most teams with six bids. Twenty-three states did not have any teams receiving bids.[10]

NCAA Women's basketball Tournament invitations by state 1993
Bids State Teams
6 California San Diego, Stanford, UC Santa Barb., California, San Diego St., Southern California
3 Georgia Ga. Southern, Georgia, Georgia Tech
3 Illinois Northern Ill., DePaul, Northwestern
3 Ohio Bowling Green, Ohio St., Xavier
3 Tennessee Tennessee Tech, Vanderbilt, Tennessee
3 Texas Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Texas
2 Alabama Alabama, Auburn
2 Florida Miami Fla, Florida
2 Kentucky Louisville, Western Ky.
2 New Jersey Rutgers, St. Peter's
2 Virginia Old Dominion, Virginia
1 Colorado Colorado
1 Connecticut Connecticut
1 District of Columbia Georgetown
1 Iowa Iowa
1 Kansas Kansas
1 Louisiana Louisiana Tech
1 Maryland Maryland
1 Missouri Missouri St.
1 Montana Montana St.
1 Nebraska Nebraska
1 North Carolina North Carolina
1 Oklahoma Oklahoma St.
1 Pennsylvania Penn St.
1 South Carolina Clemson
1 Utah BYU
1 Vermont Vermont
1 Washington Washington


First and second-round games played at higher seed except where noted.

East regional – Richmond, VA[edit]

First round
March 17
Second round
March 20–21
Regional semifinals
March 25
Regional finals
March 27
1 Ohio St. 91
9 Rutgers 60
8 Vermont 74
9 Rutgers 80
1 Ohio St. 86
4 Western Kentucky 73
4 Western Kentucky 78
5 Miami (FL) 63
5 Miami (FL) 61
12 St. Peter's 44
1 Ohio St. 75
2 Virginia 73
2 Virginia 69
10 Florida 55
7 Bowling Green 67
10 Florida 69
2 Virginia 77
6 Georgetown 57
3 Penn St. 67
6 Georgetown 68
6 Georgetown 76
11 Northern Illinois 74

Mideast regional – Iowa City, IA[edit]

First round
March 17
Second round
March 20–21
Regional semifinals
March 25
Regional finals
March 27
1 Tennessee 89
8 Northwestern 66
8 Northwestern 90
9 Georgia Tech 62
1 Tennessee 74
4 North Carolina 54
4 North Carolina 74
5 Alabama 73OT
5 Alabama 102
12 Georgia Southern 70
1 Tennessee 56
2 Iowa 72
2 Iowa 82
7 at Old Dominion 56
7 Old Dominion 77
10 Tennessee Tech 60
2 Iowa 63
3 Auburn 50
3 Auburn 66
11 Louisville 61
6 Connecticut 71
11 Louisville 74

Midwest regional – Nacogdoches, Texas[edit]

First round
March 17
Second round
March 20–21
Regional semifinals
March 25
Regional finals
March 27
1 Vanderbilt 82
9 California 63
8 Kansas 47
9 California 62
1 Vanderbilt 59
4 Stephen F. Austin 56
4 Stephen F. Austin 89
5 Clemson 78
5 Clemson 70
12 Xavier 64
1 Vanderbilt 58
6 Louisiana Tech 53
2 Maryland 82
7 SW Missouri St. 86
7 SW Missouri St. 86
10 Oklahoma St. 71
7 SW Missouri St. 43
6 Louisiana Tech 59
3 Texas 78
6 Louisiana Tech 82
6 Louisiana Tech 70
11 DePaul 59

West regional – Missoula, MT[edit]

First round
March 17
Second round
March 20–21
Regional semifinals
March 25
Regional finals
March 27
1 Stanford 93
8 Georgia 60
8 Georgia 85
9 San Diego St. 68
1 Stanford 67
4 Colorado 80
4 Colorado 81
5 UC Santa Barbara 54
5 UC Santa Barbara 88
12 BYU 79
4 Colorado 54
2 Texas Tech 79
2 Texas Tech 70
7 Washington 64
7 Washington 80
10 Montana St. 51
2 Texas Tech 87
3 Southern California 67
3 Southern California 78
6 Nebraska 60
6 Nebraska 81
11 San Diego 58

Final Four – Atlanta, GA[edit]

National semifinals
April 3
National championship
April 4
1E Ohio St. 73
2ME Iowa 72OT
1E Ohio St. 82
2W Texas Tech 84
1MW Vanderbilt 46
2W Texas Tech 60

Record by conference[edit]

Fifteen conferences had more than one bid, or at least one win in NCAA Tournament play:[10]

Conference # of Bids Record Win % Round
of 32
Southeastern 6 9–6 .600 6 3 2 1
Atlantic Coast 5 4–5 .444 4 2 1
Big Ten 4 8–4 .667 4 2 2 2 1
Pacific-10 4 4–4 .500 4 2
Big Eight 4 3–4 .429 2 1 1
Big East 3 3–3 .500 2 1
Southwest 2 5–1 .833 2 1 1 1 1
Sun Belt 2 4–2 .667 2 2 1
Western Athletic 2 0–2
Missouri Valley 1 2–1 .667 1 1
Atlantic 10 1 1–1 .500 1
Big West 1 1–1 .500 1
Colonial 1 1–1 .500 1
Metro 1 1–1 .500 1
Southland 1 1–1 .500 1 1

Ten conferences went 0-1: Big Sky Conference, Great Midwest Conference, MAAC, MAC, Mid-Continent, Midwestern Collegiate, North Atlantic Conference, Ohio Valley Conference, Southern Conference, and West Coast Conference[10]

All-Tournament team[edit]

Game officials[edit]

  • June Courteau (semifinal)
  • Larry Sheppard (semifinal)
  • Bob Gallagher (semifinal)
  • Carla Fujimoto (semifinal)
  • Sally Bell (final)
  • Dee Kantner (final) [10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gregory Cooper. "1993 NCAA National Championship Tournament". Archived from the original on October 20, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2007.
  2. ^ "CHN Basketball History: Most Outstanding Player". Archived from the original on January 25, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2007.
  3. ^ "Winners". Gatorade.com. Archived from the original on December 27, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  4. ^ Greenberg, Mel (March 28, 1993). "Ohio State Holds Off Virginia In East Final The Buckeyes Won, 75-73. It Was A Thriller And Yet Another Heartbreaker For The Cavaliers". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  5. ^ Deardorff, Julie (March 29, 1993). "Season Of Tears Can't Stop Iowa Women". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  6. ^ Finnegan, Tara (March 31, 1993). "Women's Final Four gets a new cast All semifinalists making first trip". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  7. ^ Deardorff, Julie (April 4, 1993). "Swoopes Leads Texas Tech Past Top-ranked Vanderbilt". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  8. ^ Kent, Milton (April 4, 1993). "Texas Tech swoops into final against Ohio State Buckeyes need overtime to edge Iowa, 73-72". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  9. ^ Greenberg, Mel (April 5, 1993). "Swoopes' 47 Carry Texas Tech To Title Ohio State Fell, 84-82, As The Raiders' Unstoppable Forward Snapped A Slew Of Tournament Records". Philly.com. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i Nixon, Rick. "Official 2022 NCAA Women's Final Four Records Book" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  11. ^ "Championship records remembered". NCAA. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  12. ^ "Attendance and Sites" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved March 19, 2012.