these ladies are on fire! the best women’s college basketball programs of all time

Women’s college basketball has been around almost as long as the men’s game,but like all women’s college sports, it didn’t really take flight until the passage of Title IX in 1972, which gave women equal opportunities in sports among other things. Although not nearly as popular as men’ss basketball, the women’s game has evolved over the years and the tournament has much pomp and pageantry as the men’s game. The powers that be in the NCAA have turned the women’s version on March Madness into a huge event along with the men’s. There are various women’s college teams that have become as legendary as men’s over the decades in divisions I, II and III since the NCAA sanctioned the sport in 1981. The game has produced teams, players and coaches that have become household names in many parts of the country and Top 5 would like to take a look at some of these teams that are considered the Greatest Women’s Basketball Teams of All-Time.

5 Louisiana Tech

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The Lady Techters (there’s an odd name for a team) have one of the all-time best winning percentages in the history of the women’s game along with Tennessee with more than 1,000 games won. Louisiana Tech has been to the tournament 27 times reaching the Final Four 13 times and winning two championships. Louisiana Tech has produced 21 current WNBA players, 16 All-Americans, six members of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and five Olympic medalists.

4 North Dakota State

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A former Division II power now playing Division I, the Lady Bison women’s team dominated the 1990s winning five Division II titles in 1991 and three straight from 1993-1996, and runner up finishes in 1986, 1992 and 2000.Now everyone is waiting with bated breath to see what the Lady Bisons can do while playing with the big girls in Division I, but what they’ve accomplish is still not bad for the school from Fargo.

3 Cal Poly Pomona

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This Division II power has won a record five titles in 1982, 1985, 1986, 2001 and 2002 with three second place finishes. It is the winningest sports program at the school located on the edge of Los Angeles County. The Lady Broncos have owned the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) for years winning 18 conference championships from 1981 through 2002. The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team is so good that it tried to do an impression of a big time Division I program by being put on probation from 2011-13 for numerous violations that included impermissible use of student managers and impermissible contact with prospective student athletes.

2 Connecticut

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Just when you thought that Tennessee was going to dominate the women’s game forever, along come the Huskies. No one knew that Connecticut even had a women’s basketball team until the 1990s when they brought in a guy to coach and then, well, they were off to the races! The Huskies are right behind Tennessee in Division I championships won with seven, and going into the 2012-13 season have never lost in the finals. The Huskies also won a record 90-straight games from 2008-10, breaking the record of 88 by the UCLA men’s team. The Huskies also boast a record of four undefeated seasons.

1 Tennessee

Tennessee is the UCLA of women’s college basketball or UCLA is Tennessee of the men’s game, depending on how you look at it. From 1984 to the present the Lady Volunteers have dominated the women’s college game, and has produced some of the greatest players in the history of the game under hall of fame coach in Pat Summit. The Lady Vols are a regular in the Division I tournament and the finals with the most appearances at 18 in the Final Four, 13 in the finals and eight titles — the most of any school. Tennessee is the only school to have appeared in every NCAA Women’s Division I tournament and one of only two to win more than 1,000 games.

Stanford
The Lady Cardinal was the team to snap Connecticut’s 90-game winning streak in 2010 on their way to a finals rematch, which the Huskies won. Stanford has two Division I championships with two runner up from and seven Final Four appearances 1990-2010 and has 25 trips to the Big Dance, which makes them easily the best women’s basketball program in the Pacific 12 Conference.

Washington (MO)
The Lady Bears are the dominate force here with 5 DIII titles, including four straight from 1998-2001. That streak of championships also included 81-consecutive wins, an NCAA record at the time. The Lady Bears have been a tournament regular having appeared in the NCAA Division III Big Dance 21 straight times from 1989-2010.

Georgia
The Lady Bulldogs are a tournament regular and one of the winningest teams in the history of the sport. That’s good enough make anyone’s Top 5, right? However, the Lady Bulldogs have been to the finals just twice in 1985 and 1996 coming up empty handed both times.

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