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South Carolina, Indiana, Virginia Tech and Stanford highlight 2023 NCAA Division I tournament as top seeds – Hoopfeed.com


To no one’s surprise, the undefeated South Carolina Gamecocks (32-0) garnered the overall top seed of the 2023 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. The reigning champs begin their quest for another title Friday, March 17, at home, facing No. 16-seeded Norfolk State.

The 68-team tournament field also features Indiana (27-3), Virginia Tech (27-4), and Stanford (28-5) as No. 1 seeds. This season, the tournament has just two regions: Greenville and Seattle instead of four. The four sections of the bracket have the labels: Greenville 1, Greenville 2, Seattle 3, and Seattle 4. South Carolina is in the Greenville 1 region. According to the NCAA, the number next to the regional location “reflects the true seed number of the number one seed within that respective regional pod.”

The Final Four takes place March 31 and April 2 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Tournament Tidbits

  • Tennessee is the only school to participate in all 41 tournaments since the competition began in 1982.
  • Iowa State earned an auto-bid by winning the Big 12 Tournament title for the first time in 22 years.
  • Holy Cross won the Patriot League tournament for the first time since 2007 to earn its auto-bid.
  • Hawai’i enters the tournament with back-to-back Big West tournament titles in tow.
  • After entering the season tied for tenth place in the CAA preseason poll, Monmouth knocked off top-seed Towson in the conference tournament title game to earn an auto qualification.
  • Four schools are making their first-ever appearance in the tournament: Saint Louis, Sacramento State, Southeastern Louisiana, and Southern Utah.

Previous NCAA Tournament Champions

YEAR CHAMPION (RECORD) COACH SCORE RUNNER-UP SITE
2022 South Carolina Dawn Staley UConn Minneapolis, MN
2021 Stanford (31-2) Tara VanDerveer 54-53 Arizona San Antonio, Texas
2020 Canceled due to Covid-19
2019 Baylor (37-1) Kim Mulkey 82-81 Notre Dame Tampa, Fla.
2018 Notre Dame (34-3) Muffet McGraw 61-58 Mississippi State Columbus, Ohio
2017 South Carolina (33-4) Dawn Staley 67-55 Mississippi State Dallas, Texas
2016 Connecticut (38-0) Geno Auriemma 82-51 Syracuse Indianapolis, Ind.
2015 Connecticut (38-1) Geno Auriemma 63-53 Notre Dame Tampa, Fla.
2014 Connecticut (40-0) Geno Auriemma 79-58 Notre Dame Nashville, Tenn.
2013 Connecticut (35-4) Geno Auriemma 93-60 Louisville New Orleans, La.
2012 Baylor (40-0) Kim Mulkey 80-61 Notre Dame Denver, Colo.
2011 Texas A&M (33-5) Gary Blair 76-70 Notre Dame Indianapolis, Ind.
2010 Connecticut (39-0) Geno Auriemma 53-47 Stanford San Antonio, Texas
2009 Connecticut (39-0) Geno Auriemma 76-54 Louisville St. Louis, Mo.
2008 Tennessee (36-2) Pat Summitt 64-48 Stanford Tampa, Fla.
2007 Tennessee (34-3) Pat Summitt 59-46 Rutgers Cleveland, Ohio
2006 Maryland (34-4) Brenda Frese 78-75 (OT) Duke Boston, Mass.
2005 Baylor (33-3) Kim Mulkey 84-62 Michigan State Indianapolis, Ind.
2004 Connecticut (31-4) Geno Auriemma 70-61 Tennessee New Orleans, La.
2003 Connecticut (37-1) Geno Auriemma 73-68 Tennessee Atlanta, Ga.
2002 Connecticut (39-0) Geno Auriemma 82-70 Oklahoma San Antonio, Texas
2001 Notre Dame (34-2) Muffet McGraw 68-66 Purdue St. Louis, Mo.
2000 Connecticut (36-1) Geno Auriemma 71-52 Tennessee Philadelphia, Pa.
1999 Purdue (34-1) Carolyn Peck 62-45 Duke San Jose, Calif.
1998 Tennessee (39-0) Pat Summitt 93-75 Louisiana Tech Kansas City, Mo.
1997 Tennessee (29-10) Pat Summitt 68-59 Old Dominion Cincinnati, Ohio
1996 Tennessee (32-4) Pat Summitt 83-65 Georgia Charlotte, N.C.
1995 Connecticut (35-0) Geno Auriemma 70-64 Tennessee Minneapolis, Minn.
1994 North Carolina (33-2) Sylvia Hatchell 60-59 Louisiana Tech Richmond, Va.
1993 Texas Tech (31-3) Marsha Sharp 84-82 Ohio State Atlanta, Ga.
1992 Stanford (30-3) Tara VanDerveer 78-62 Western Kentucky Los Angeles, Calif.
1991 Tennessee (30-5) Pat Summitt 70-67 (OT) Virginia New Orleans, La.
1990 Stanford (32-1) Tara VanDerveer 88-81 Auburn Knoxville, Tenn.
1989 Tennessee (35-2) Pat Summitt 76-60 Auburn Tacoma, Wash.
1988 Louisiana Tech (32-2) Leon Barmore 56-54 Auburn Tacoma, Wash.
1987 Tennessee (28-6) Pat Summitt 67-44 Louisiana Tech Austin, Texas
1986 Texas (34-0) Jody Conradt 97-81 Southern California Lexington, Ky.
1985 Old Dominion (31-3) Marianne Stanley 70-65 Georgia Austin, Texas
1984 Southern California (29-4) Linda Sharp 72-61 Tennessee Los Angeles, Calif.
1983 Southern California (31-2) Linda Sharp 69-67 Louisiana Tech Norfolk, Va.
1982 Louisiana Tech (35-1) Sonja Hogg 76-62 Cheyney Norfolk, Va.

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