2018–19 NCAA Division I women's basketball season

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The 2018–19 NCAA Division I women's basketball season began in November 2018 and will end with the Final Four title game at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on April 2019. Practices officially began in September 2018.

Season headlines[edit]

  • June 18 – Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW), which was set to begin operation on July 1 following the dissolution of Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), announced that the athletic program that it would inherit from IPFW, previously known as the Fort Wayne Mastodons, would become the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons. PFW also changed its colors from IPFW's former blue and silver scheme to the old gold and black used by its new parent institution.[1]
  • September 10 – The Northeast Conference (NEC) announced that Merrimack College would start a transition from the NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Conference and join the NEC effective July 1, 2019. The Warriors will not be eligible for the NCAA tournament until becoming a full D-I member in 2023–24.[2]
  • October 3 – Long Island University announced that it would merge its two current athletic programs—the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds, full members of the NEC, and the Division II LIU Post Pioneers—effective with the 2019–20 school year. The new program will compete under the LIU name with a new nickname and retain LIU Brooklyn's Division I and NEC memberships.[3] This change will have minimal effect on the existing LIU Brooklyn women's basketball program, as LIU has announced that the unified basketball team will be based at the Brooklyn campus.[4]
  • November 1 – The Associated Press preseason All-America team was released. The leading vote-getters were two guards, Louisville's Asia Durr and Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu, each with 29 of 31 votes. Joining them on the team were Connecticut forward Katie Lou Samuelson (28), Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale (24), and Baylor center Kalani Brown (18).[5]
  • January 11 – The Western Athletic Conference announced that Dixie State University would start a transition from Division II and join the conference in July 2020.[6]
  • February 19 – Less than 12 hours after leading Georgia to a 78–56 win over Ole Miss, Lady Bulldogs head coach Joni Taylor gave birth to a daughter. Top assistant Karen Lange was named as interim head coach for what was intended to be a maternity leave,[7] but Taylor returned to the bench for Georgia's next game on February 21.[8]
  • February 24 – Rutgers announced that head coach C. Vivian Stringer, who had missed the Scarlet Knights' game at Michigan on February 21, would take a leave for the rest of the regular season on medical advice. Stringer was initially expected to return after the Big Ten tournament, with assistant Tim Eatman serving as interim coach.[9] However, Rutgers announced on March 15 that Stringer would not return for a likely NCAA tournament run, again on medical advice. She is still expected to return for the 2019–20 season.[10]
  • February 27 – Georgia Tech placed head coach MaChelle Joseph on administrative leave, saying in a press release that it was a "pending personnel matter", named assistant Mark Simons as interim head coach, and made no further comment on the situation. The following day, Joseph's attorney charged that the Tech athletic department had taken the action as retaliation for raising Title IX concerns within the department.[11]

Milestones and records[edit]

  • November 13 – Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer became the sixth college women's coach with 1,000 career wins following the Scarlet Knights' 73–44 pasting of Central Connecticut. She also became the first African-American college coach to reach the milestone.[12]
  • November 18 – Sabrina Ionescu recorded her 12th career triple-double in Oregon's 102–82 win over Buffalo.[13] Already the holder of the all-divisions NCAA women's record for career triple-doubles, Ionescu equaled the NCAA record for all players regardless of sex, previously held by former BYU men's player Kyle Collinsworth.[14]
  • December 17 and 20 – Chastadie Barrs of Lamar became the first Division I player of either sex ever to record triple-doubles in consecutive games twice in her career. First, Barrs recorded 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 steals in the Cardinals' 93–37 blowout of Division III Howard Payne.[15] She followed this with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 steals in the Cardinals' 82–66 win over Pacific.[16] Barrs had recorded consecutive triple-doubles early in the 2017–18 season.[17]
  • December 20 – Ionescu took sole possession of the aforementioned career triple-double record, recording her 13th with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists in Oregon's 82–36 win over Air Force.[18]
  • December 21 – In Oregon's next game, a 115–69 blowout of UC Irvine, Ionescu recorded her 14th triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists. This marked the second time in her career that she recorded triple-doubles in consecutive games, matching Barrs' accomplishment from the night before.[19][17] Like Barrs, Ionescu had recorded consecutive triple-doubles early in the 2017–18 season—with the second game in that streak also coming the night after the second of Barrs' corresponding streak.[17]
  • January 3 – Baylor defeated then top-ranked Connecticut 68–57. This was the Huskies' first regular-season loss since November 2014, and ended their NCAA-record regular-season winning streak at 126 games.[20]
  • January 9, 12, and 16 – Barrs accomplished three major triple-double milestones—becoming the first Division I player of either sex ever to record triple-doubles in consecutive games twice in a single season, the first to do so three times in a career, and the second player in any NCAA division to have recorded three consecutive triple-doubles. First, Barrs recorded 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 steals in the Cardinals' 79–59 win over New Orleans.[21] She followed this with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in the Cardinals' 57–37 win over Central Arkansas.[22] Finally, Barrs had 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists in Lamar's 94–54 pasting of Southeastern Louisiana.[23] The only other player with three straight triple-doubles was Danielle Carson of Youngstown State, who accomplished this feat in the 1985–86 season.[17]
  • January 20 – Ionescu recorded her sixth triple-double of the season with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists in Oregon's 93–60 win over Arizona.[24] This tied the all-time NCAA record for triple-doubles in a season, originally set in women's basketball by the aforementioned Danielle Carson in 1985–86 and equaled by Ionescu herself in 2017–18.[17] (In men's basketball, the aforementioned Kyle Collinsworth had the same total in both 2014–15 and 2015–16.[14])
  • February 2 – Shakyla Hill of Grambling State had 21 points, 16 rebounds, 13 assists, and 10 steals in the Tigers' 77–57 win over Arkansas–Pine Bluff, making her the first Division I player of either sex to record two quadruple-doubles in a career. Hill had previously recorded one in January 2018.[25][a]
  • February 24 – Ionescu took sole possession of the all-time NCAA record for triple-doubles in a season, recording her seventh of the season with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 13 assists in Oregon's 96–78 win over USC.[27]
  • February 27 – In Lamar's 97–49 blowout of Houston Baptist, Barrs collected 10 steals to give her the record for career steals in Division I women's basketball. She ended the game with 627, surpassing the previous record of 624 by Natalie White of Florida A&M (1991–95).[28]
  • March 3 – In the final regular-season game of her college career, California center Kristine Anigwe scored 32 points and claimed 30 rebounds in the Golden Bears' 80–58 win over Washington State. Anigwe's performance, which equaled the Pac-12 record for single-game rebounds, was the first Division I women's 30–30 game since Jennifer Butler accomplished the feat for UMass on December 28, 2002. Anigwe also joined former Oklahoma center Courtney Paris as the only women in Division I history to record 30 consecutive double-doubles.[29]
Notes
  1. ^ ESPN incorrectly listed Hill as the "first player in NCAA history" to have recorded two quadruple-doubles.[25] Suzy Venet, who played at Division III Mount Union from 1994–1998, recorded two quadruple-doubles in the 1996–97 season.[26]

Conference membership changes[edit]

Six schools joined new conferences for the 2018–19 season. Four schools switched between Division I conferences for the 2018–19 season. In addition, two schools moved from Division II starting this season. The former Division II schools are ineligible for NCAA-sponsored postseason play until completing their D-I transitions in 2022.

School Former Conference New Conference
Cal Baptist PacWest (D-II) WAC[30]
Hampton MEAC Big South[31]
Liberty Big South ASUN[32]
North Alabama Gulf South (D-II) ASUN[33]
North Dakota Big Sky Summit League[34]
USC Upstate ASUN Big South[35]

In addition to the schools changing conferences, the 2018–19 season will be the last for Savannah State in D-I with its decision to reclassify all of its sports to D-II.[36]

Finally, one D-I member adopted a new institutional and athletic identity. The 2017–18 school year was the last for Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) as a single institution. Following the school's split into separate institutions governed by Indiana University and Purdue University, IPFW degree programs in health sciences are now overseen by Indiana University Fort Wayne, while all other degree programs are governed by Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW).[37] As noted in the "Season headlines" section, the IPFW athletic program, rebranded in 2016 as the Fort Wayne Mastodons, became the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons, representing only PFW.

Arenas[edit]

New arenas[edit]

Arenas reopening[edit]

Four teams returned to newly renovated arenas, all of which were closed for the 2017–18 season.

Arenas closing[edit]

Temporary arenas[edit]

Houston began the 2018–19 season at Texas Southern's Health and Physical Education Arena, where the Cougars played most of their 2017–18 home games. The women played three home games at Texas Southern before moving into Fertitta Center.[41]

Robert Morris planned to open the new UPMC Events Center on the site of its former on-campus Sewall Center in January 2019, but the opening has now been delayed to that summer. Until the new arena opens, the Colonials will continue to use the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, a building in the school's North Athletic Complex that opened in September 2017 as part of the UPMC Events Center project.

Season outlook[edit]

Pre-season polls[edit]

The top 25 from the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls.

Associated Press
Ranking Team
1 Notre Dame (31)
2 Connecticut
3 Oregon
4 Baylor
5 Louisville
6 Mississippi State
7 Stanford
8 Oregon State
9 Maryland
10 South Carolina
11 Tennessee
Texas
13 Iowa
14 Georgia
15 DePaul
16 Missouri
17 NC State
18 Syracuse
19 Marquette
20 Texas A&M
21 Duke
22 South Florida
23 Arizona State
24 California
25 Miami (FL)
USA Today Coaches
Ranking Team
1 Notre Dame (30)
2 Connecticut (1)
3 Oregon
4 Louisville
5 Baylor
6 Mississippi State
7 Stanford
8 Texas
9 Oregon State
10 Maryland
11 South Carolina
12 Tennessee
13 Georgia
14 Missouri
15 DePaul
16 NC State
17 Iowa
18 Syracuse
19 Marquette
20 Duke
21 South Florida
Texas A&M
23 UCLA
24 Miami (FL)
25 West Virginia

Regular Season[edit]

Early season tournaments[edit]

Name Dates Location No. teams Champion
Preseason WNIT November 8–18 Campus Sites 16 Iowa State
Cancún Challenge November 22–24 Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
(Cancún, MX)
10 Syracuse (Riviera Division)

NC State (Mayan Division)

Vancouver Showcase November 22–24 Vancouver Convention Centre
(Vancouver, BC)
8 Notre Dame
Junkanoo Jam November 22–24 Gateway Christian Academy
(Bimini, Bahamas)
10 Tennessee (Junkanoo Division)

Florida State (Bimini Division)

Paradise Jam Tournament November 22–24 Sports and Fitness Center
(Saint Thomas, VI)
8 Kentucky (Island Division)

Connecticut (Reef Division)

Gulf Coast Showcase November 23–25 Hertz Arena
(Estero, FL)
8 Texas

Upsets[edit]

An upset is a victory by an underdog team. In the context of NCAA Division I Women's Basketball, this generally constitutes an unranked team defeating a team currently ranked in the Top 25. This list will highlight those upsets of ranked teams by unranked teams as well as upsets of #1 teams. Rankings are from the AP poll. Bold type indicates winning teams in "true road games"—i.e., those played on an opponent's home court (including secondary homes, such as Intrust Bank Arena for Wichita State).

Winner Score Loser Date Tournament/Event
Northwestern 84–58 #21 Duke November 11, 2018
UCLA 80–69 #14 Georgia November 14, 2018
Green Bay 56–49 #16 Missouri November 16, 2018
Georgia Tech 63–53 #14 Georgia November 18, 2018
Iowa State 75–52 #24 Miami (FL) November 18, 2018 Preseason WNIT
Kentucky 85–63 #17 South Florida November 22, 2018 Paradise Jam Island Division
North Carolina 71–69 #17 South Florida November 23, 2018 Paradise Jam Island Division
Michigan 70–54 #21 Missouri November 23, 2018 Gulf Coast Showcase
Florida State 71–67 #12 Iowa November 24, 2018 Junkanoo Jam Bimini Division
Drake 90–85OT #13 South Carolina November 24, 2018 Vancouver Showcase
South Dakota 64–59 #24 Iowa State November 28, 2018
Purdue 74–63 #21 Miami (FL) November 29, 2018 ACC–Big Ten Women's Challenge
Lamar 74–68 #17 Texas A&M November 29, 2018
#2 Connecticut 89–71 #1 Notre Dame December 2, 2018 Jimmy V Classic/Rivalry
Gonzaga 79–73 #8 Stanford December 2, 2018
South Dakota State 80–71 #21 Drake December 8, 2018
Michigan State 88–82 #3 Oregon December 9, 2018
South Dakota 74–61 #22 Missouri December 15, 2018
Texas A&M 76–70 #8 Oregon State December 15, 2018 Maui Jim Maui Classic
Creighton 85–82 #19 DePaul December 29, 2018
Harvard 85–79 #14 California December 30, 2018
Arizona 51–39 #17 Arizona State December 30, 2018
Central Michigan 90–80 #24 Miami (FL) December 30, 2018 Miami Holiday Classic
Rutgers 73–65 #4 Maryland December 31, 2018
Michigan 76–60 #12 Minnesota December 31, 2018
#8 Baylor 68–57 #1 Connecticut January 3, 2019
Northwestern 70–62 #15 Michigan State January 3, 2019
UCLA 84–79OT #18 California January 4, 2019
Missouri 66–64 #10 Tennessee January 6, 2019
Illinois 66–62 #12 Minnesota January 6, 2019
Indiana 68–64 #15 Michigan State January 6, 2019
LSU 63–52 #21 Texas A&M January 6, 2019
Purdue 62–57 #17 Iowa January 10, 2019
Ohio State 55–50 #25 Indiana January 10, 2019
Arizona 60–55 #24 California January 11, 2019
Georgia 66–62 #13 Tennessee January 13, 2019
Ole Miss 55–49 #16 Kentucky January 13, 2019
Clemson 57–45 #22 Florida State January 13, 2019
Ohio State 65–55 #23 Michigan State January 14, 2019
Kansas State 87–69 #11 Texas January 16, 2019
West Virginia 73–64 #18 Iowa State January 16, 2019
Northwestern 75–69 #25 Indiana January 16, 2019
BYU 70–68 #13 Gonzaga January 17, 2019
Alabama 86–65 #20 Tennessee January 17, 2019
Georgia Tech 65–55 #12 Syracuse January 20, 2019
Nebraska 63–57 #23 Minnesota January 20, 2019
Seton Hall 84–73 #24 DePaul January 20, 2019
Purdue 56–53 #25 Indiana January 20, 2019 Rivalry/Crimson and Gold Cup
Miami (FL) 84–71 #13 Syracuse January 23, 2019
UCLA 61–59 #16 Arizona State January 25, 2019
North Carolina 78–73 #1 Notre Dame January 27, 2019
West Virginia 64–58 #12 Texas January 28, 2019
Loyola Marymount 61–58 #25 BYU January 31, 2019
California 81–80 #8 Stanford January 31, 2019
Michigan 90–81 #13 Iowa February 1, 2019
Pepperdine 79–65 #25 BYU February 2, 2019
North Carolina 64–51 #7 NC State February 3, 2019
Minnesota 60–46 #17 Rutgers February 3, 2019
Missouri 70–65OT #18 Texas A&M February 7, 2019
USC 84–80 #17 Utah February 8, 2019
UCLA 100–90 #17 Utah February 10, 2019
TCU 76–69 #18 Iowa State February 13, 2019
Ohio State 59–39 #23 Rutgers February 14, 2019
Clemson 73–68 #21 Florida State February 14, 2019
Wisconsin 79–62 #24 Michigan State February 14, 2019
Missouri 75–67 #5 Mississippi State February 14, 2019
St. John's 81–74 #8 Marquette February 15, 2019
BYU 66–64 #13 Gonzaga February 16, 2019
Nebraska 82–71 #24 Michigan State February 17, 2019
Kansas State 69–60 #15 Texas February 17, 2019
Virginia Tech 73–65 #14 Miami (FL) February 21, 2019
Indiana 75–73 #10 Iowa February 21, 2019
Butler 61–57 #11 Marquette February 22, 2019
California 69–60 #17 Arizona State February 22, 2019
UCLA 74–69 #2 Oregon February 22, 2019
South Dakota State 82–78OT #23 South Dakota February 24, 2019
Creighton 71–65 #13 Marquette March 1, 2019
Missouri 70–68 OT #13 Kentucky March 8, 2019 SEC Women's Tournament
Arkansas 95–89 #12 South Carolina March 8, 2019 SEC Women's Tournament
Washington 68–67 #11 Oregon State March 8, 2019 Pac-12 Women's Tournament
Arkansas 58–51 #15 Texas A&M March 9, 2019 SEC Women's Tournament
BYU 82–68 #12 Gonzaga March 12, 2019 WCC Women's Tournament
DePaul 74–73 #13 Marquette March 12, 2019 Big East Women's Tournament
Missouri State 94–79 #21 Drake March 17, 2019 MVC Women's Tournament

Conference winners and tournament winners[edit]

Each of the 32 Division I athletic conferences ends its regular season with a single-elimination tournament. The team with the best regular-season record in each conference is given the number one seed in each tournament, with tiebreakers used as needed in the case of ties for the top seeding. The winners of these tournaments receive automatic invitations to the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament.

Conference Regular
season first place
Conference
Player of the Year
Conference
Coach of the Year
Conference
tournament
Tournament
venue (city)
Tournament
winner
America East Conference Maine Blanca Millan, Maine[42] Amy Vachon, Maine[42] 2019 America East Women's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Maine
American Athletic Conference Connecticut Napheesa Collier, Connecticut[43] Geno Auriemma, Connecticut[43] 2019 American Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Mohegan Sun Arena
(Uncasville, CT)
Connecticut
Atlantic 10 Conference VCU[a]
Fordham
Nicole Cardaño Hillary, George Mason[44] Beth O'Boyle, VCU[44] 2019 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Tournament First round: Campus sites
Remainder: A. J. Palumbo Center
(Pittsburgh, PA)
Fordham
Atlantic Coast Conference Notre Dame[a]
Louisville
Asia Durr, Louisville[45] Amanda Butler, Clemson[45] 2019 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament Greensboro Coliseum
(Greensboro, NC)
Notre Dame
Atlantic Sun Conference Florida Gulf Coast Nasrin Ulel, Florida Gulf Coast[46] Karl Smesko, Florida Gulf Coast[46] 2019 Atlantic Sun Women's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Florida Gulf Coast
Big 12 Conference Baylor Bridget Carleton, Iowa State[47] Kim Mulkey, Baylor[47] 2019 Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament Chesapeake Energy Arena
(Oklahoma City, OK)
Baylor
Big East Conference Marquette Natisha Hiedeman, Marquette[48] Kurt Godlevske, Butler[48] 2019 Big East Women's Basketball Tournament Wintrust Arena
(Chicago, IL)
DePaul
Big Sky Conference Idaho Mikayla Ferenz, Idaho[49] Jon Newlee, Idaho[50] 2019 Big Sky Conference Women's Basketball Tournament CenturyLink Arena
(Boise, ID)
Portland State
Big South Conference Radford Ashley Bates, Hampton[51] Mike McGuire, Radford[51] 2019 Big South Conference Women's Basketball Tournament First round: Campus sites
Quarterfinals/semifinals: #1 seed
Final: Top surviving seed
Radford
Big Ten Conference Maryland Megan Gustafson, Iowa[52] Brenda Frese, Maryland[52] 2019 Big Ten Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(Indianapolis, IN)
Iowa
Big West Conference UC Davis Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis[53] Jennifer Gross, UC Davis[53] 2019 Big West Conference Women's Basketball Tournament First round and quarterfinals: Titan Gym
(Fullerton, CA)
Semifinals and final: Honda Center
(Anaheim, CA)
UC Davis
Colonial Athletic Association James Madison Bailey Greenberg, Drexel[54] Diane Richardson, Towson[54] 2019 CAA Women's Basketball Tournament Bob Carpenter Center
(Newark, DE)
Towson
Conference USA Rice Erica Ogwumike, Rice[55] Tina Langley, Rice[55] 2019 Conference USA Women's Basketball Tournament Ford Center
(Frisco, TX)
Rice
Horizon League Wright State Macee Williams, IUPUI[56] Katrina Merriweather, Wright State[56] 2019 Horizon League Women's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals: Campus sites
Semifinals and final: Little Caesars Arena
(Detroit, MI)
Wright State
Ivy League Princeton[a]
Penn
Bella Alarie, Princeton[57] Mike McLaughlin, Penn[57] 2019 Ivy League Women's Basketball Tournament John J. Lee Amphitheater
(New Haven, CT)
Princeton
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Quinnipiac Stella Johnson, Rider[58] Tricia Fabbri, Quinnipiac[59] 2019 MAAC Women's Basketball Tournament Times Union Center
(Albany, NY)
Quinnipiac
Mid-American Conference Central Michigan (West)[a]
Ohio (East)
Reyna Frost, Central Michigan[60] Sue Guevara, Central Michigan[60] 2019 Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball Tournament First round: Campus sites
Remainder: Quicken Loans Arena
(Cleveland, OH)
Buffalo
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North Carolina A&T NaJai Pollard, Delaware State[61] Fred Batchelor, Maryland Eastern Shore[61] 2019 MEAC Women's Basketball Tournament Norfolk Scope
(Norfolk, VA)
Bethune–Cookman
Missouri Valley Conference Drake Becca Hittner, Drake[62] Kellie Harper, Missouri State[62] 2019 Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament TaxSlayer Center
(Moline, IL)
Missouri State
Mountain West Conference Boise State Jaisa Nunn, New Mexico[63] Gordy Presnell, Boise State[63] 2019 Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Thomas & Mack Center
(Paradise, NV)
Boise State
Northeast Conference Robert Morris Jessica Kovatch, Saint Francis (PA)[64] Charlie Buscaglia, Robert Morris[64] 2019 Northeast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Robert Morris
Ohio Valley Conference Belmont Darby Maggard, Belmont[65] Kim Rosamond, Tennessee Tech[65] 2019 Ohio Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Ford Center
(Evansville, IN)
Belmont
Pac-12 Conference Oregon Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon[66][67] Kelly Graves, Oregon (coaches)[66]
Cori Close, UCLA (media)[67]
2019 Pac-12 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament MGM Grand Garden Arena
(Paradise, NV)
Stanford
Patriot League Bucknell[a]
American
Cecily Carl, American[68] Marisa Moseley, Boston University[68] 2019 Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Bucknell
Southeastern Conference Mississippi State Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State[69][70] Matthew Mitchell, Kentucky (coaches)
Vic Schaefer, Mississippi State (AP & coaches)[69][70]
2019 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament Bon Secours Wellness Arena
(Greenville, SC)
Mississippi State
Southern Conference Mercer Amanda Thompson, Mercer (coaches)
KeKe Calloway, Mercer (media)[71]
Susie Gardner, Mercer[71] 2019 Southern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament U.S. Cellular Center
(Asheville, NC)
Mercer
Southland Conference Lamar Chastadie Barrs, Lamar[72] Ravon Justice, Sam Houston State[72] 2019 Southland Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Leonard E. Merrell Center
(Katy, TX)
Abilene Christian
Southwestern Athletic Conference Southern Shakyla Hill, Grambling State[73] Carlos Funchess, Southern[73] 2019 SWAC Women's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals: Campus sites
Semifinals and final: Bill Harris Arena
(Birmingham, AL)
Southern
Summit League South Dakota State Macy Miller, South Dakota State[74] Dawn Plitzuweit, South Dakota[74] 2019 Summit League Women's Basketball Tournament Denny Sanford Premier Center
(Sioux Falls, SD)
South Dakota State
Sun Belt Conference Little Rock[a]
UT Arlington
Ronjanae DeGray, Little Rock
Cierra Johnson, UT Arlington[75]
Krista Gerlich, UT Arlington[75] 2019 Sun Belt Conference Women's Basketball Tournament First round: Campus sites
Remainder: Lakefront Arena
(New Orleans, LA)
Little Rock
West Coast Conference Gonzaga Yasmine Robinson-Bacote, Pepperdine[76] Lisa Fortier, Gonzaga[76] 2019 West Coast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Orleans Arena
(Paradise, NV)
BYU
Western Athletic Conference New Mexico State Brooke Salas, New Mexico State[77] Jarrod Olson, California Baptist[77] 2019 WAC Women's Basketball Tournament Orleans Arena
(Paradise, NV)
New Mexico State
  1. ^ a b c d e f Top seed in conference tournament.


Postseason[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

Tournament upsets[edit]

For this list, an "upset" is defined as a win by a team seeded 7 or more spots below its defeated opponent.

Date Winner Score Loser Region Round

Final Four – Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL[edit]

Women's NIT[edit]

NIT Semifinals and Final[edit]

Women's Basketball Invitational[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

2018–19 American Athletic Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 2 Connecticut 16 0   1.000     31 2   .939
UCF 13 3   .813     26 6   .813
Cincinnati 12 4   .750     21 10   .677
Houston 9 7   .563     15 15   .500
South Florida 7 9   .438     18 15   .545
Temple 7 9   .438     11 18   .379
East Carolina 6 10   .375     16 15   .516
Tulsa 6 10   .375     13 18   .419
Tulane 5 11   .313     15 16   .484
Wichita State 5 11   .313     12 18   .400
SMU 5 11   .313     11 19   .367
Memphis 5 11   .313     11 20   .355
2019 AAC Tournament winner
As of March 17, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 America East Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Maine 15 1   .938     25 7   .781
Hartford 14 2   .875     23 10   .697
Stony Brook 11 5   .688     23 8   .742
Albany 9 7   .563     13 18   .419
Binghamton 7 9   .438     12 18   .400
Vermont 7 9   .438     11 18   .379
UMBC 3 13   .188     10 20   .333
UMass Lowell 3 13   .188     7 22   .241
New Hampshire 3 13   .188     6 24   .200
2019 America East Tournament winner
2018–19 Atlantic 10 women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Fordham 13 3   .813     25 8   .758
VCU 13 3   .813     23 9   .719
Duquesne 11 5   .688     19 13   .594
Dayton 10 6   .625     17 13   .567
Davidson 10 6   .625     17 14   .548
Saint Louis 9 7   .563     15 16   .484
George Mason 8 8   .500     16 14   .533
Massachusetts 7 9   .438     16 16   .500
George Washington 7 9   .438     11 19   .367
Saint Joseph's 7 9   .438     11 19   .367
Richmond 6 10   .375     9 21   .300
St. Bonaventure 5 11   .313     8 22   .267
La Salle 3 13   .188     6 25   .194
Rhode Island 3 13   .188     8 21   .276
2019 A10 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Atlantic Sun women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Florida Gulf Coast 16 0   1.000     28 4   .875
Stetson 11 5   .688     16 15   .516
North Alabama 10 6   .625     19 8   .704
Liberty 10 6   .625     16 16   .500
North Florida 9 7   .563     15 14   .517
Jacksonville 7 9   .438     14 16   .467
Kennesaw State 4 12   .250     9 22   .290
NJIT 3 13   .188     6 24   .200
Lipscomb 2 14   .125     4 25   .138
2019 ASUN Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 ACC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 3 Notre Dame 14 2   .875     30 3   .909
No. 5 Louisville 14 2   .875     29 3   .906
No. 10 NC State 12 4   .750     26 5   .839
No. 19 Miami (FL) 12 4   .750     24 8   .750
No. 12 Syracuse 11 5   .688     24 8   .750
No. 25 Florida State 10 6   .625     23 8   .742
Clemson 9 7   .563     19 12   .613
North Carolina 8 8   .500     18 14   .563
Georgia Tech 7 9   .438     17 13   .567
Virginia Tech 6 10   .375     20 11   .645
Duke 6 10   .375     15 15   .500
Virginia 5 11   .313     12 19   .387
Boston College 3 13   .188     14 16   .467
Pittsburgh 2 14   .125     11 20   .355
Wake Forest 1 15   .063     10 20   .333
2019 ACC Tournament winner
As of March 7, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Big East Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 18 Marquette 15 3   .833     26 7   .788
No. 24 DePaul 14 4   .778     26 7   .788
Butler 11 7   .611     21 9   .700
Villanova 9 9   .500     18 12   .600
Georgetown 9 9   .500     16 15   .516
Providence 8 10   .444     17 15   .531
Creighton 8 10   .444     15 16   .484
Seton Hall 7 11   .389     15 15   .500
St. John's 7 11   .389     15 16   .484
Xavier 2 16   .111     11 19   .367
2019 Big East Tournament winner
As of March 12, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Big Sky women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Idaho 16 4   .800     20 11   .645
Northern Colorado 15 5   .750     21 10   .677
Idaho State 15 5   .750     20 10   .667
Portland State 14 6   .700     25 7   .781
Montana State 11 9   .550     16 15   .516
Eastern Washington 9 11   .450     13 20   .394
Montana 9 11   .450     14 16   .467
Northern Arizona 8 12   .400     13 18   .419
Sacramento State 6 14   .300     10 19   .345
Southern Utah 4 16   .200     8 23   .258
Weber State 3 17   .150     6 25   .194
2019 Big Sky Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Big South women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Radford 17 1   .944     26 6   .813
High Point 15 3   .833     22 8   .733
Hampton 12 6   .667     16 14   .533
UNC Asheville 11 7   .611     17 13   .567
Campbell 10 8   .556     20 12   .625
Gardner-Webb 10 8   .556     16 15   .516
Charleston Southern 9 9   .500     14 17   .452
Winthrop 6 12   .333     10 20   .333
Presbyterian 4 14   .222     7 24   .226
USC Upstate 3 15   .167     7 23   .233
Longwood 2 16   .111     3 26   .103
2019 Big South Tournament winner
As of March 14, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Big Ten women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 9 Maryland 15 3   .833     28 4   .875
No. 8 Iowa 14 4   .778     26 6   .813
Rutgers 13 5   .722     22 9   .710
Michigan 11 7   .611     21 11   .656
Ohio State 10 8   .556     14 14   .500
Minnesota 9 9   .500     21 10   .677
Michigan State 9 9   .500     20 11   .645
Northwestern 9 9   .500     16 13   .552
Nebraska 9 9   .500     14 16   .467
Indiana 8 10   .444     20 12   .625
Purdue 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Penn State 5 13   .278     12 18   .400
Wisconsin 4 14   .222     15 18   .455
Illinois 2 16   .111     10 20   .333
2019 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Big West women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UC Davis 15 1   .938     25 6   .806
UC Riverside 10 6   .625     17 15   .531
Cal State Northridge 10 6   .625     16 15   .516
Hawai'i 10 6   .625     15 16   .484
UC Irvine 8 8   .500     20 11   .645
Cal State Fullerton 6 10   .375     14 16   .467
Long Beach State 5 11   .313     9 22   .290
UC Santa Barbara 5 11   .313     8 22   .267
Cal Poly 3 13   .188     6 21   .222
2019 Big West Tournament winner
As of March 17, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Big 12 Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 1 Baylor 18 0   1.000     31 1   .969
No. 13 Iowa State 13 5   .722     25 8   .758
No. 23 Texas 12 6   .667     23 9   .719
Kansas State 11 7   .611     21 11   .656
West Virginia 11 7   .611     20 10   .667
TCU 10 8   .556     20 10   .667
Oklahoma State 5 13   .278     14 16   .467
Texas Tech 4 14   .222     14 17   .452
Oklahoma 4 14   .222     8 22   .267
Kansas 2 16   .111     13 18   .419
2019 Big 12 Conference Tournament winner
As of March 13, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 CAA women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
James Madison 17 1   .944     25 5   .833
Drexel 14 4   .778     24 8   .750
Towson 11 7   .611     20 12   .625
Delaware 11 7   .611     16 15   .516
UNC Wilmington 11 7   .611     18 12   .600
Northeastern 9 9   .500     20 11   .645
William & Mary 7 11   .389     14 17   .452
Elon 4 14   .222     9 21   .300
Hofstra 3 15   .167     11 22   .333
Charleston 3 15   .167     7 23   .233
2019 CAA Tournament winner
As of March 17, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Conference USA women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 21 Rice 16 0   1.000     28 3   .903
UAB 12 4   .750     25 6   .806
Middle Tennessee 11 5   .688     22 10   .688
Western Kentucky 11 5   .688     18 14   .563
Old Dominion 10 6   .625     21 10   .677
Marshall 10 6   .625     16 14   .533
Southern Miss 9 7   .563     17 13   .567
Charlotte 9 7   .563     18 13   .581
North Texas 7 9   .438     15 15   .500
Louisiana Tech 6 10   .375     14 16   .467
UTEP 5 11   .313     9 22   .290
UTSA 2 14   .125     7 21   .250
Florida Atlantic 2 14   .125     5 25   .167
FIU 2 13   .133     4 24   .143
2019 C-USA Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Horizon League women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Wright State 16 2   .889     27 6   .818
Green Bay 15 3   .833     22 9   .710
Youngstown State 13 5   .722     22 9   .710
IUPUI 13 5   .722     20 11   .645
Milwaukee 10 8   .556     15 15   .500
Northern Kentucky 10 8   .556     11 18   .379
Cleveland State 7 11   .389     10 19   .345
Oakland 3 15   .167     6 24   .200
Detroit Mercy 2 16   .111     4 25   .138
UIC 1 17   .056     3 26   .103
2019 Horizon League Tournament winner
As of March 12, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Ivy League women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Penn 12 2   .857     23 6   .793
Princeton *† 12 2   .857     22 9   .710
Harvard 9 5   .643     16 12   .571
Yale 6 8   .429     16 13   .552
Dartmouth 6 8   .429     13 14   .481
Cornell 6 8   .429     12 14   .462
Columbia 4 10   .286     8 19   .296
Brown 1 13   .071     9 21   .300
2019 Ivy League Tournament winner
*Tournament #1 seed
As of March 17, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Mid-American Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Ohio 14 4   .778     27 5   .844
Miami (OH) 13 5   .722     23 8   .742
Buffalo 12 6   .667     23 9   .719
Kent State 11 7   .611     19 12   .613
Akron 7 11   .389     16 14   .533
Bowling Green 2 16   .111     9 21   .300
West
Central Michigan 15 3   .833     25 7   .781
Toledo 11 7   .611     20 11   .645
Northern Illinois 10 8   .556     19 13   .594
Eastern Michigan 6 12   .333     14 17   .452
Western Michigan 4 14   .222     10 20   .333
Ball State 3 15   .167     8 23   .258
2019 MAC Tournament winner
2018–19 MAAC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Quinnipiac † 18 0   1.000     26 6   .813
Rider 14 4   .778     19 12   .613
Marist 13 5   .722     23 10   .697
Monmouth 9 9   .500     14 17   .452
Canisius 9 9   .500     11 19   .367
Manhattan 9 9   .500     12 19   .387
Siena 8 10   .444     12 18   .400
Niagara 8 10   .444     12 19   .387
Fairfield 7 11   .389     11 20   .355
Iona 3 15   .167     5 26   .161
Saint Peter's 1 17   .056     6 24   .200
2019 MAAC Tournament winner
As of March 11, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 MEAC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
North Carolina A&T 16 0   1.000     20 11   .645
Maryland-Eastern Shore 12 4   .750     17 13   .567
Bethune–Cookman 11 5   .688     21 10   .677
Howard 10 6   .625     18 13   .581
Norfolk State 10 6   .625     17 15   .531
Morgan State 8 8   .500     10 21   .323
South Carolina State 8 8   .500     16 16   .500
North Carolina Central 5 11   .313     9 22   .290
Delaware State 5 11   .313     7 21   .250
Savannah State 5 11   .313     7 19   .269
Coppin State 4 12   .250     5 25   .167
Florida A&M 2 14   .125     4 25   .138
2019 MEAC Tournament winner
As of March 17, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Drake 17 1   .944     27 5   .844
Missouri State 16 2   .889     22 9   .710
Northern Iowa 12 6   .667     20 11   .645
Illinois State 11 7   .611     19 12   .613
Bradley 10 6   .625     20 10   .667
Southern Illinois 8 10   .444     15 15   .500
Loyola–Chicago 6 12   .333     13 18   .419
Indiana State 5 13   .278     11 19   .367
Valparaiso 3 15   .167     8 24   .250
Evansville 2 16   .111     4 26   .133
2019 MVC Tournament winner
As of March 17, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Mountain West Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Boise State 16 2   .889     28 4   .875
New Mexico 14 4   .778     24 6   .800
Wyoming 13 5   .722     22 8   .733
Fresno State 11 7   .611     19 12   .613
Utah State 10 8   .556     16 15   .516
UNLV 10 8   .556     12 18   .400
Nevada 7 11   .389     12 19   .387
San Diego State 7 11   .389     14 18   .438
San Jose State 5 13   .278     6 24   .200
Air Force 4 14   .222     8 22   .267
Colorado State 2 16   .111     8 22   .267
2019 MW Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Northeast Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Robert Morris 16 2   .889     22 10   .688
Sacred Heart 14 4   .778     19 12   .613
St. Francis Brooklyn 12 6   .667     18 13   .581
Saint Francis (PA) 11 7   .611     16 17   .485
Bryant 9 9   .500     11 19   .367
Mount St. Mary's 8 10   .444     15 16   .484
Wagner 8 10   .444     10 20   .333
Fairleigh Dickinson 5 13   .278     8 22   .267
Central Connecticut 4 14   .222     7 21   .250
LIU Brooklyn 3 15   .167     4 25   .138
2019 NEC Tournament winner
As of March 16, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Ohio Valley Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Belmont 16 2   .889     26 6   .813
UT Martin 13 5   .722     23 9   .719
Morehead State 13 5   .722     23 10   .697
Tennessee Tech 5 13   .278     5 25   .167
Austin Peay 10 8   .556     15 15   .500
Murray State 9 9   .500     13 17   .433
Jacksonville State 9 9   .500     15 15   .500
Southeast Missouri State 8 10   .444     13 17   .433
SIU Edwardsville 8 10   .444     8 10   .444
Eastern Illinois 5 13   .278     11 18   .379
Tennessee State 5 13   .278     5 25   .167
Eastern Kentucky 0 18   .000     2 27   .069
2019 OVC Tournament winner
As of March 13, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Pac-12 Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 7 Oregon 16 2   .889     29 4   .879
No. 6 Stanford 15 3   .833     28 4   .875
No. 11 Oregon State 14 4   .778     24 7   .774
No. 20 UCLA 12 6   .667     20 12   .625
No. 22 Arizona State 10 7   .588     20 10   .667
Utah 9 9   .500     20 10   .667
California 9 9   .500     19 12   .613
Arizona 7 11   .389     18 13   .581
USC 7 11   .389     17 13   .567
Washington State 4 14   .222     9 21   .300
Washington 2 15   .118     11 21   .344
Colorado 2 16   .111     12 18   .400
2019 Pac-12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Patriot League women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Bucknell 16 2   .889     28 5   .848
American 16 2   .889     22 10   .688
Lehigh 12 6   .667     21 10   .677
Boston University 11 7   .611     15 14   .517
Holy Cross 9 9   .500     18 13   .581
Colgate 8 10   .444     12 17   .414
Army 6 12   .333     11 19   .367
Navy 5 13   .278     10 19   .345
Loyola (MD) 5 13   .278     7 24   .226
Lafayette 2 16   .111     8 23   .258
2019 Patriot League Tournament winner
As of March 16, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Southern Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Mercer 14 0   1.000     25 7   .781
Furman 9 5   .643     19 13   .594
Chattanooga 8 6   .571     14 17   .452
East Tennessee State 8 6   .571     10 21   .323
Wofford 7 7   .500     16 15   .516
UNC Greensboro 5 9   .357     11 19   .367
Samford 5 9   .357     10 20   .333
Western Carolina 0 14   .000     4 26   .133
2019 SoCon Tournament winner
As of March 18, 2019; 
2018–19 Southland Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Lamar 17 1   .944     24 6   .800
Stephen F. Austin 16 2   .889     25 6   .806
Nicholls 14 4   .778     20 11   .645
Abilene Christian 13 5   .722     23 9   .719
Sam Houston State 11 7   .611     16 13   .552
Texas A&M-CC 8 10   .444     17 16   .515
New Orleans 8 10   .444     12 16   .429
Central Arkansas 6 12   .333     12 18   .400
Northwestern State 6 12   .333     11 18   .379
McNeese State 5 13   .278     7 22   .241
Incarnate Word 5 13   .278     5 24   .172
Houston Baptist 4 14   .222     9 19   .321
Southeastern Louisiana 4 14   .222     9 20   .310
2019 Southland Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 SEC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 4 Mississippi State 15 1   .938     30 2   .938
No. 15 South Carolina 13 3   .813     21 9   .700
No. 14 Texas A&M 12 4   .750     24 7   .774
No. 17 Kentucky 11 5   .688     24 7   .774
Missouri 10 6   .625     23 10   .697
Auburn 9 7   .563     22 9   .710
Georgia 9 7   .563     18 12   .600
Tennessee 7 9   .438     19 12   .613
LSU 7 9   .438     16 13   .552
Arkansas 6 10   .375     20 14   .588
Alabama 5 11   .313     14 17   .452
Ole Miss 3 13   .188     9 22   .290
Florida 3 13   .188     8 23   .258
Vanderbilt 2 14   .125     7 23   .233
2019 SEC Tournament winner
As of March 18, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 SWAC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Southern 14 4   .778     20 12   .625
Prairie View A&M 13 5   .722     17 13   .567
Jackson State 12 6   .667     18 14   .563
Grambling State 12 6   .667     16 16   .500
Texas Southern 11 7   .611     15 15   .500
Alabama State 10 8   .556     11 19   .367
Alabama A&M 8 10   .444     13 16   .448
Mississippi Valley State 5 13   .278     6 234   .025
Alcorn State 3 15   .167     4 26   .133
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2 16   .111     5 20   .200
2019 SWAC Tournament winner
As of March 17, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Sun Belt Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Little Rock*† 15 3   .833     21 10   .677
Texas–Arlington 15 3   .833     23 7   .767
Troy 13 5   .722     22 8   .733
Georgia State 11 7   .611     17 13   .567
Appalachian State 10 8   .556     18 14   .563
South Alabama 9 9   .500     24 10   .706
Texas State 9 9   .500     14 17   .452
Coastal Carolina 8 10   .444     17 14   .548
Arkansas State 7 11   .389     12 18   .400
Louisiana 5 13   .278     7 23   .233
Louisiana–Monroe 4 11   .267     10 19   .345
Georgia Southern 2 16   .111     7 22   .241
2019 Sun Belt Tournament winner
*Tournament #1 seed
As of March 17, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 Summit League women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
South Dakota State † 15 1   .938     26 6   .813
South Dakota 14 2   .875     28 5   .848
Oral Roberts 10 6   .625     18 13   .581
Denver 10 6   .625     17 13   .567
Western Illinois 8 8   .500     12 18   .400
North Dakota 6 10   .375     12 19   .387
North Dakota State 4 12   .250     7 22   .241
Purdue Fort Wayne 3 13   .188     7 22   .241
Omaha 2 14   .125     8 21   .276
2019 Summit League Tournament winner
As of March 12, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 West Coast Conference women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 16 Gonzaga 16 2   .889     28 4   .875
BYU † 15 3   .833     25 6   .806
Pepperdine 12 6   .667     20 11   .645
Saint Mary's 12 6   .667     20 11   .645
Pacific 10 8   .556     18 12   .600
Loyola Marymount 10 8   .556     18 14   .563
Santa Clara 6 12   .333     14 17   .452
Portland 5 13   .278     13 17   .433
San Diego 2 16   .111     9 21   .300
San Francisco 2 16   .111     7 24   .226
2019 WCC Tournament winner
As of March 12, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
2018–19 WAC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
New Mexico State 15 1   .938     26 6   .813
California Baptist* 11 5   .688     18 11   .621
UT Rio Grande Valley 10 6   .625     18 14   .563
UMKC 9 7   .563     16 15   .516
CSU Bakersfield 9 7   .563     14 17   .452
Utah Valley 8 8   .500     14 16   .467
Grand Canyon 5 11   .313     7 20   .259
Seattle 3 13   .188     3 27   .100
Chicago State 2 14   .125     2 28   .067
2019 WAC Tournament winner
As of March 17, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll
*California Baptist ineligible for WAC Tournament as part of reclassification from Division II

Award winners[edit]

All-America teams[edit]

The NCAA has never recognized a consensus All-America team in women's basketball. This differs from the practice in men's basketball, in which the NCAA uses a combination of selections by the Associated Press (AP), the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Sporting News, and the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) to determine a consensus All-America team. The selection of a consensus team is possible because all four organizations select at least a first and second team, with only the USBWA not selecting a third team.

Before the 2017–18 season, it was impossible for a consensus women's All-America team to be determined because the AP had been the only body that divided its women's selections into separate teams. The USBWA first named separate teams in 2017–18. The women's counterpart to the NABC, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), continues the USBWA's former practice of selecting a single 10-member (plus ties) team. The NCAA does not recognize Sporting News as an All-America selector in women's basketball.

Major player of the year awards[edit]

Major freshman of the year awards[edit]

Major coach of the year awards[edit]

Other major awards[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

Several teams changed coaches during and after the season.

Team Former
coach
Interim
coach
New
coach
Reason
Arkansas–Pine Bluff Nate Kilbert Danny Evans Kilbert was relieved of his head coaching duties on January 15 after 6½ seasons at UAPB. Assistant coach Evans was named interim head coach of the Lady Lions for the rest of the season.[82]
Arkansas State Brian Boyer Arkansas State parted ways with Boyer on March 13 after 20 seasons, in which the Red Wolves went 333–287 overall.[83]
College of Charleston Candice M. Jackson Jackson's contract was not renewed on March 14, ending her 5-year tenure at Charleston with a 39–103 overall record.[84]
Eastern Kentucky Chrissy Roberts Eastern Kentucky announced on March 3 that Roberts will not be retained as head coach for next season. The Colonels went 122-194 overall during Roberts' 11-season tenure at her alma mater.[85]
Florida A&M LeDawn Gibson Kevin Lynum Gibson was fired on February 12 after 9½ seasons at Florida A&M. At the time of her firing, the Rattlers were 3-20 overall and 1-10 in MEAC conference play. Assistant coach Lynum will serve as the interim head coach for the rest of the season.[86]
Georgia Southern Kip Drown Drown's contract with Georgia Southern was not renewed on March 10, ending his 4-year tenure with the team. The Eagles went 32–86 overall, including a last place finish in conference play this season.[87]
Incarnate Word Christy Smith Smith's contract was not renewed on March 10, ending her 3-year tenure at Incarnate Word.[88]
Lipscomb Greg Brown Brown was fired on March 8 after 7 seasons at his alma mater, in which the Bisons went 44–164 overall.[89]
Louisiana–Monroe Jeff Dow Dow announced on February 13 that he will not return next season, ending his 5-year tenure at ULM.[90]
North Dakota State Maren Walseth Walseth and NDSU mutually agreed to part ways on March 11 after 5 seasons. The Bison went 40–106 overall in Walseth's tenure.[91]
Penn State Coquese Washington Washington and the university mutually agreed to part ways on March 9 after 12 seasons. The Lady Lions went 209–169 during Washington's tenure, but this season, in which they went 12–18 overall and 5–13 in conference play, was the 5th consecutive season in which the team did not make the NCAA Tournament.[92]
Portland Cheryl Sorensen Portland parted ways with Sorensen on March 12 after 5 seasons and an overall record of 33–117.[93]
Rhode Island Daynia La-Force Rhode Island fired La-Force on March 12 after 5 seasons, in which the Rams went 46–102 overall.[94]
Richmond Michael Shafer Richmond announced on March 10 that Shafer would not return, ending his 14-year coaching tenure at Richmond. Shafer leaves as the all-time winningest coach of the program with 223 wins, but never led the Spiders to the NCAA tournament during his time.[95]
St. Francis (PA) Joe Haigh Susan Robinson Fruchtl Haigh, who had been on a leave of absence since November 13, announced his resignation on February 1 after 6½ seasons at St. Francis. Robinson-Fruchtl, the school's athletic director and former head coach of the Red Flash from 2007-2012, served as interim head coach during Haigh's initial leave, and continued in that role for the rest of the season following his resignation.[96]
UMBC Phil Stern Carlee Casidee-Dewey Stern, who had been on administrative leave since December 13, announced his resignation from UMBC on February 22 after 16½ seasons. Assistant coach Casidee-Dewey, who served as interim head coach of the Retrievers during Stern's leave, will continue in that role for the rest of the season.[97]
Xavier Brian Neal Neal announced on March 10 that he was stepping down as Xavier head coach after 6 seasons, in which the Musketeers went 76–108 overall and 28–80 in Big East play.[98]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

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