1983 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1983 NCAA Women's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Finals siteNorfolk Scope
Norfolk, Virginia
ChampionsUSC (1st title, 2nd final four title)
Runner-upLouisiana Tech (2nd title game)
SemifinalistsOld Dominion (1st Final Four)
Georgia (1st Final Four)
MOPCheryl Miller USC
NCAA Women's Division I Tournaments
«1982 1984»
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1983 NCAA Women's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Finals siteNorfolk Scope
Norfolk, Virginia
ChampionsUSC (1st title, 2nd final four title)
Runner-upLouisiana Tech (2nd title game)
SemifinalistsOld Dominion (1st Final Four)
Georgia (1st Final Four)
MOPCheryl Miller USC
NCAA Women's Division I Tournaments
«1982 1984»

The 1983 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament began on March 18 and concluded on April 3 with USC winning the title. The tournament consisted of 36 teams. The Final Four was held in Norfolk, Virginia and consisted of USC, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion, and Georgia.[1] USC's Cheryl Miller was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.[2]


Notable events

Neither semifinal game in the final four turned out to be close. Defending national champion Louisiana Tech beat long time powerhouse Old Dominion by sixteen points, handing them their 30th consecutive victory. In the other semifinal, Southern California had an easier time, beating Georgia by 24 points. This setup the Championship game between the only two top seeds to advance to the Final Four.

The two teams had met twice before in regular season, both coming away with a win, but in both cases, on the opponents home court. USC beat the Lady Techsters in Louisiana, 64–58, giving the La Tech team their only loss for the year. La Tech turned around and beat USC in Los Angeles by two points in January, one of only two losses suffered by the USC team all season.

The game would come down to the final seconds. USC had a two point lead with six seconds left in the game, and freshman star Cheryl Miller at the line for a one-and-one attempt. In the era before the three point shot, simply making the foul shot would virtually guarantee the win. But Miller would miss the shot, the Techsters would grab the rebounds, with a chance for a final shot. They ran up the court, where Kim Mulkey took the final shot, but it failed to go in, and USC won their first National Championship.[3]


In the National Championship game, Jennifer White hit eight of nine free throw attempts to set a Championship game record for free throw percentage.[4]

In the same game, Cheryl Miller attempted 14 free throws, a National Championship record.

The NCAA did not officially start keeping track of blocked shot until 1998. However, Anne Donovan of Old Dominion had twelve blocked shot in a regional game, two more than the official record of ten.[5]

Qualifying teams - automatic

Thirty-six teams were selected to participate in the 1983 NCAA Tournament. Fourteen conferences were eligible for an automatic bid to the 1983 NCAA tournament. (Not all conference records are available for 1983) [6]

Automatic Bids
Qualifying SchoolConferenceRegular
Central Michigan UniversityMAC20–8 -–6
University of GeorgiaSEC24–64–42
Illinois State UniversityMissouri Valley Conference20–9 -–6
Indiana UniversityBig Ten18–10 -–6
University of LouisvilleMetro20–9 -–7
University of Maryland, College ParkACC25–410–33
University of MissouriBig Eight23–5 -–4
Old Dominion UniversitySun Belt Conference26–5 -–2
Oregon State UniversityNorthern Pacific23–5 -–3
Pennsylvania State UniversityAtlantic 1024–6 -–5
University of Southern CaliforniaWestern Collegiate25–2 -–1
St. John's UniversityBig East23–5 -–7
University of Texas at AustinSouthwest28–2 -–2
University of UtahHigh Country22–6 -–5

Qualifying teams - at-large

Twenty-two additional teams were selected to complete the thirty-six invitations.[6] (Not all conference records are available for 1983) OR - Opening Round

At-large Bids
Qualifying SchoolConferenceRegular
Arizona State UniversityWestern Collegiate22–69–54
Auburn UniversitySEC23–76–25
Cheyney State CollegeIndependent26–2-–-1
Dartmouth CollegeIvy League18–711–1OR
Florida State UniversityMetro24–5 -–5
Jackson State UniversitySWAC21–7 -–OR
Kansas State UniversityBig Eight24–5 -–3
University of KentuckySEC23–46–23
La Salle UniversityEast Coast Conference (Division I)16–12 -–OR
University of Louisiana at MonroeSouthland21–5 -–OR
California State University, Long BeachIndependent22–6 -–2
Louisiana Tech UniversityIndependent27–1-–-1
Middle Tennessee State UniversityOhio Valley Conference25–410–0OR
University of MississippiSEC25–56–24
Monmouth UniversityCosmopolitan14–14 -–OR
University of MontanaMountain West Athletic26–3 -–OR
University of North CarolinaACC22–710–37
North Carolina State UniversityACC22–712–14
South Carolina State UniversityMEAC16–7 -–OR
Stephen F. Austin State UniversitySouthland18–6 -–7
University of TennesseeSEC23–77–11
University of California, Los AngelesWestern Collegiate18–10 -–6

Bids by conference

Twenty-two conferences earned an automatic bid. In sixteen cases, the automatic bid was the only representative from the conference. Thirteen at-large teams were selected from six of the conferences. In addition, three independent (not associated with an athletic conference) teams earned at-large bids.[6]

5SECAuburn, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee
3ACCMaryland, North Carolina, North Carolina St.
3IndependentCheyney, Long Beach St., Louisiana Tech
3Western CollegiateArizona St., Southern California, UCLA
2Big 8Kansas St., Missouri
2MetroFlorida St., Louisville
2SouthlandLa.-Monroe, Stephen F. Austin
1Atlantic 10Penn St.
1Big EastSt. John’s
1Big TenIndiana
1East Coast Conference (Division I)La Salle
1High CountryUtah
1Ivy LeagueDartmouth
1MACCentral Mich.
1MEACSouth Carolina St.
1Missouri Valley ConferenceIllinois St..
1Mountain West AthleticMontana
1Northern PacificOregon St.
1Ohio Valley ConferenceMiddle Tenn.
1SWACJackson St.
1Sun Belt ConferenceOld Dominion

Bids by state

The thirty-two teams represented twenty-four states, plus Washington, D.C. California and Pennsylvania had the most teams with three each. Twenty-six states did not have any teams receiving bids.[6]

NCAA Women's basketball Tournament invitations by state 1983
3CaliforniaSouthern California, Long Beach St., UCLA
3PennsylvaniaPenn St., Cheyney, La Salle
2FloridaCentral Mich., Florida St.
2KentuckyLouisville, Kentucky
2LouisianaLa.-Monroe, Louisiana Tech
2MississippiJackson St., Mississippi
2North CarolinaNorth Carolina, North Carolina St.
2TennesseeMiddle Tenn., Tennessee
2TexasTexas, Stephen F. Austin
1ArizonaArizona St.
1IllinoisIllinois St..
1KansasKansas St.
1New HampshireDartmouth
1New JerseyMonmouth
1New YorkSt. John’s NY
1OregonOregon St.
1South CarolinaSouth Carolina St.
1VirginiaOld Dominion

First round

1983 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament is located in United States
1983 NCAA opening round
1983 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament is located in United States
College Park
Long Beach
Los Angeles
1983 NCAA first round

In 1983, the field expanded from 32 to 36 teams. The teams were seeded, and assigned to four geographic regions, with seeds 1-9 in each region. The 8 and 9 seeds in each region played a play-in game, called the opening round (OR). In the opening round and Round 1, the higher seed was given the opportunity to host the first round game, and all but one of the higher seeds hosted. Missouri was a 4 seed, but unable to host, so the game was played at 5 seed Auburn.[5]

The following table lists the region, host school, venue and location. The opening round games are denoted with "OR".

OR WestUniversity of Louisiana at MonroeEwing ColiseumMonroeLouisiana
OR EastDartmouth CollegeAlumni GymnasiumHanoverNew Hampshire
OR MideastLa Salle UniversityHayman Hall (Tom Gola Arena)PhiladelphiaPennsylvania
OR MidwestJackson State UniversityWilliams Assembly CenterJacksonMississippi
EastOld Dominion UniversityOld Dominion University FieldhouseNorfolkVirginia
EastUniversity of MarylandCole Field HouseCollege ParkMaryland
EastCheyney University of PennsylvaniaCope HallCheyneyPennsylvania
EastNorth Carolina State UniversityReynolds ColiseumRaleighNorth Carolina
MideastUniversity of TennesseeStokely Athletic CenterKnoxvilleTennessee
MideastUniversity of KentuckyMemorial ColiseumLexingtonKentucky
MideastUniversity of MississippiTad Smith ColiseumUniversityMississippi
MideastUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia Coliseum (Stegeman Coliseum)AthensGeorgia
MidwestKansas State UniversityAhearn Field HouseManhattanKansas
MidwestLouisiana Tech UniversityThomas Assembly CenterRustonLouisiana
MidwestAuburn UniversityMemorial Coliseum (Beard–Eaves–Memorial Coliseum)AuburnAlabama
MidwestUniversity of TexasFrank Erwin CenterAustinTexas

WestLong Beach StateUniversity Gym (Gold Mine)Long BeachCalifornia

WestArizona State UniversityUniversity Activity Center (Wells Fargo Arena)TempeArizona
WestUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles Memorial Sports ArenaLos AngelesCalifornia

WestOregon State UniversityGill ColiseumCorvallisOregon

Regionals and Final Four

1983 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament is located in United States
University Park
Notre Dame
Los Angeles
1983 NCAA Regionals and Final Four

The Regionals, named for the general location, were held from March 24 to March 27 at these sites:

Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four, held April 1 and 3 in Norfolk, Virginia, at the Norfolk Scope.


East Regional - Penn State University - University Park, PA (Rec Hall)

 Opening round
March 15
 First round
March 18 and 19
Regional semifinals
March 24 and 25
Regional finals
March 26
 1 Cheyney107 
8 Monmouth35 
 1 Cheyney72 
 5 Penn St.73 
4 N.C. State80
 5 Penn State94 
  5 Penn State60
 2 Old Dominion74
 3 Maryland94 
6 Central Michigan71 
 3 Maryland57
 2 Old Dominion74 
2 Old Dominion86
 7 St John's63 

Midwest Regional - Louisiana Tech - Ruston, LA (Thomas Assembly Center)

 Opening Round
March 15
 Jackson State61
 First round
March 18 and 19
Regional semifinals
March 24 and 25
Regional finals
March 27
 1 Louisiana Tech91 
8 MTSU59 
 1 Louisiana Tech81 
 5 Auburn54 
4 Missouri76
 5 Auburn94 
  1 Louisiana Tech72
 2 Texas58
 3 Kansas State91 
6 Illinois State72 
 3 Kansas State70
 2 Texas73 (OT) 
2 Texas84
 7 Louisville55 

Mideast Regional - Notre Dame - Notre Dame, IN Edmund P. Joyce Center

 Opening round
March 16
 La Salle67
 South Carolina State85
 First round
March 18 and 19
Regional semifinals
March 24 and 25
Regional finals
March 26
 1 Tennessee86 
8 South Carolina State51 
 1 Tennessee90 
 4 Mississippi83 (3OT) 
4 Mississippi86
 5 Florida State76 
  1 Tennessee63
 2 Georgia67
 3 Kentucky76 
6 Indiana87 
 6 Indiana70
 2 Georgia86 
2 Georgia72
 7 North Carolina70 

West Regional - UCLA - Los Angeles, CA (Pauley Pavilion)

 Opening round
March 15
 Northeast Louisiana72
 First round
March 18 - 19
Regional semifinals
March 24-25
Regional finals
March 27
 1 Southern California99 
8 Northeast Louisiana85 
 1 Southern California96 
 4 Arizona State59 
4 Arizona State78
 5 Utah64 
  1 Southern California81
 2 Long Beach State74
 3 Oregon State75 
6 UCLA62 
 3 Oregon State72
 2 Long Beach State92 
2 Long Beach State88
 7 Stephen F. Austin61 

Final Four

 National Semifinals
April 1
National Championship
April 3
2E Old Dominion55 
1MW Louisiana Tech71 
  1MW Louisiana Tech67
 1W Southern California69
2ME Georgia57
1W Southern California81 

Record by conference

Fifteen conferences had more than one bid, or at least one win in NCAA Tournament play:[6]

Conference# of BidsRecordWin %Round
of 32
Western Collegiate36–2.75022111
Atlantic Coast31–3.25011
Big Eight21–2.33311
Sun Belt13–1.7501111
Atlantic 1012–1.667111
Big Ten11–1.50011
Northern Pacific11–1.50011
Ohio Valley11–1.500

Eight Conferences went 0-1: Big East, East Coast Conference (Division I), High Country, Ivy League, MAC, Missouri Valley Conference, Mountain West Athletic,and SWAC [6]

All-Tournament Team

Game Officials

See also