The Cardinal, under Hall of Fame head coach Tara VanDerveer, has been in 12 NCAA Final Fours, winning two titles and coming in 2nd twice. VanDerveer is one of a handful of women’s coaches to win 900 games, and she has an 801–166 (.828) record at Stanford. In recent years, Stanford has had two No. 1 picks in the WNBA Lottery—Chiney Ogwumike in 2014 and her older sister Nnemkadi (Nneka) Ogwumike in 2012. Both of these players went on to earn WNBA Rookie of the Year.
Louisiana Tech University
The Lady Techsters were the 1st dominant team of the NCAA era beginning in 1982, making 10 NCAA Final Fours through 1999, winning two championships and being the runner-up four other times with Hall of Fame Head Coach Leon Barmore. Louisiana Tech has an all-time 1043–264 record and their .798 winning percentage ranks 3rd of all time.
2011-12 was a storybook season for the Lady Bears, as Head Coach Kim Mulkey’s squad became the 1st NCAA Basketball team, women’s or men’s, to go 40-0 in route to their 2nd championship. The team won the 3rd championship in 2019. Mulkey’s teams have earned 18 NCAA Tournament appearances in her 19 seasons. The Lady Bears had much success due to a couple of extraordinary players: guard Odyssey Sims and 6-foot-8 center, Brittney Griner.
The Blue Devils have enjoyed 20 years of sustained success, playing in 24 NCAA Tournaments. They were runners-up in 1999 and 2006 under former coach Gail Goestenkors, and under current Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie, Duke has gotten seven Sweet Sixteen appearances. Duke has gotten four top lottery picks: Elizabeth Williams, Tricia Liston, Chelsea Gray, and Jasmine Thomas.