Auburn University 

Auburn, AL

The Tigers have been constantly competitive throughout the NCAA era, having 18 tournament appearances between 1982 and 2009. The program’s best time was in the late 1980s and early 1990s when Auburn finished number two in three straight seasons. Current Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy is in her seventh season and she has a winning record.

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN

The Boilermakers have made the Final Four three times and earned a championship in 1999. Head Coach Sharon Versyp was herself a four-year starter at Purdue from 1985-1989, where she played in Purdue’s 1st NCAA Tournament appearance. Since then, the Boilermakers have only not been in three NCAA Tournaments.

1993 was a good year for Columbus, Ohio. 

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

Renowned Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer began her impressive career at Ohio State, where she made the tournament three of the four years she coached in Columbus. In 1993, Ohio State was defeated in the championship game but still had its top overall season. Eighth-year coach Kevin McGuff led the 2015 squad into the tournament’s 2nd round after an uncharacteristic two-year absence. 

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

The Lady Monarchs owns one of the winningest programs in NCAA history and won the 1985 championship with coach Marianne Stanley. Old Dominion appeared in 20 NCAA Tournaments between 1988 and 2008, failing to be in just one in 1991. The Lady Monarchs was in the national championship game in 1997, only to be defeated by Tennessee.


University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

Like several women’s teams across the nation, the Sooners began playing ball in the mid-1970s. By 1990, the program was in such horrible shape that Oklahoma said the university was shutting it down. A public outcry led the college to think again. By the mid-90s, the Sooners were competitive once more. They’ve now made 19 straight NCAA Tournament appearances under Head Coach Sherri Coale, including back-to-back Final Fours in 2009 and 2010.