NAIA Women's Basketball Championships

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Women's Basketball National Championship has been held annually since 1981. The NAIA Women's Tournament was established one year before the NCAA Women's Basketball tournament. It was created to crown a women's national title for smaller colleges and universities. Since 1992, the NAIA has sponsored a women's division II championship tournament and will continue until 2020. Also the entire tournament is played in one city (Billings, Montana DI, and Sioux City, Iowa DII). Contracts for host cities for both divisions initially expired in 2017. Following renewals, the 2018 and 2019 tournaments were held in the same cities, and they will continue hosting until 2020.

NAIA Women's Basketball Championships
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament
2019 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Tournament
SportBasketball
Founded1981
MottoPassion. Tradition. History.
No. of teams32
Country United States
Venue(s)Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark & Tyson Events Center
Most recent
champion(s)
DI University of Montana Western
DII Concordia University
Most titles Oklahoma City University (9)
TV partner(s)ESPN 3 (national)
Related
competitions
NAIA Men's Basketball Championships
Official websiteNAIA.org
NAIA Division I
NAIA Division II

Division IEdit

The NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament is held at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark in Billings, Montana and has been played there since in 2012.[1] The NAIA was the only international intercollegiate athletic association in North America; the NAIA DI Women's Basketball Championship was the first championship to feature a college from outside the United States in the championship game. Former member Simon Fraser University was the national DI runner-up in 1996 and 1997. Oklahoma City University has the most tournament championships with 9, and most championship game appearances with 11. In 2018, the NAIA announced a new format for the 2021 tournament after the merger of Divisions I and II.

Year Champion Score Defeated Arena Location
1981 Kentucky State 73–67 Texas Southern Unknown venue Kansas City, Missouri
1982 Southwestern Oklahoma 80–45 Missouri Southern State
1983 Southwestern Oklahoma 80–68 Alabama-Huntsville
1984 UNC Asheville 72–70# Portland (Ore.) Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1985 Southwestern Oklahoma 55–54 Saginaw Valley (Mich.)
1986 Francis Marion (S.C.) 75–65 Wayland Baptist (Texas) Kansas City, Missouri
1987 Southwestern Oklahoma 60–58 North Georgia
1988 Oklahoma City 113–95 Claflin (S.C.)
1989 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 98–96 Claflin (S.C.)
1990 Southwestern Oklahoma 82–75 Arkansas–Monticello Oman Arena Jackson, Tennessee
1991 Fort Hays State (Kan.) 57–53 Southwestern Oklahoma
1992 Arkansas Tech 84–68 Wayland Baptist (Texas)
1993 Arkansas Tech 76–75 Union (Tenn.)
1994 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 97–74 David Lipscomb (Tenn.)
1995 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 78–77 Southeastern Oklahoma
1996 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 80–79 Southeastern Oklahoma
1997 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 78–73 Union (Tenn.)
1998 Union (Tenn.) 73–70 Southern Nazarene (Okla.)
1999 Oklahoma City 72–55 Simon Fraser (B.C.)
2000 Oklahoma City 64–55 Simon Fraser (B.C.)
2001 Oklahoma City 69–52 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
2002 Oklahoma City 82–73 Southern Nazarene (Okla.)
2003 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 71–70 Oklahoma City
2004 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 77–61 Oklahoma City
2005 Union (Tenn.) 67–63 Oklahoma City
2006 Union (Tenn.) 79–62 Lubbock Christian (Texas)
2007 Lambuth (Tenn.) 63–50 Cumberland (Tenn.)
2008 Vanguard (Calif.) 72–59 Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.)
2009 Union (Tenn.) 73–63 Lambuth (Tenn.)
2010 Union (Tenn.) 73–65 Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
2011 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 65–59 Union (Tenn.)
2012 Oklahoma City 69–48 Union (Tenn.) Frankfort Convention Center Frankfort, Kentucky
2013 Westmont (Calif.). 71–65 Lee (Tenn.)
2014 Oklahoma City 80–76 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)[2]
2015 Oklahoma City 80–63 Campbellsville (Ky.) Independence Events Center Independence, Missouri[3]
2016 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 49–35 Baker (Kan.)[4]
2017 Oklahoma City 73–66 Lewis-Clark State Rimrock Auto Arena Billings, Montana
2018 Freed-Hardeman 76–64 Westmont (Calif.)[5]
2019 Montana Western 75–59 Oklahoma City
2020 TBD TBD TBD
2021 Tyson Events Center Sioux City, Iowa[6]
2022
2023
2024

# Overtime

Division IIEdit

The NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament is held annually, currently at the Tyson Events Center and Gateway Arena in Sioux City, Iowa.[7] The NAIA and Sioux City have extended the contract until 2014.[8]Northwestern College has the most national titles with five. 2015 champion Morningside College has the second most national titles with three. Northwestern College has the most tournament championship game appearances with six.

The NAIA announced in April 2018 that it would discontinue its Division II basketball championships for both men and women after the 2019–20 season.[9] The DII women's basketball schools will merge into the DI under a new championship tournament format in 2021.

Year Champion Score Defeated Arena Location
1992 Northern State (S.D.) 73–56 Tarleton State (Texas) New PE Building Monmouth, Oregon
1993 Northern Montana 71–68 Northern State (S.D.)
1994 Northern State (S.D.) 48–45 Western Oregon
1995 Western Oregon 75–67 Northwest Nazarene (Idaho)
1996 Western Oregon 80–77 Huron (S.D.) Hershey Hall Angola, Indiana
1997 Northwest Nazarene (Idaho) 64–46 Black Hills State (S.D.)
1998 Walsh (Ohio) 73–66 Mary Hardin–Baylor (Texas) Sioux City Auditorium Sioux City, Iowa
1999 Shawnee State (Ohio) 80–65 Saint Francis (Ind.)
2000 Mary (N.D.) 59–49 Northwestern (Iowa)
2001 Northwestern (Iowa) 77–50 Albertson (Idaho)
2002 Hastings (Neb.) 73–69 Cornerstone (Mich.)
2003 Hastings (Neb.) 59–53 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)
2004 Morningside (Iowa) 87–74 Cedarville (Ohio) Tyson Events Center / Gateway Arena
2005 Morningside (Iowa) 75–65 Cedarville (Ohio)
2006 Hastings (Neb.) 58–39 Ozarks (Mo.)
2007 Indiana Wesleyan* 48–34 Ozarks (Mo.)
2008 Northwestern (IA) 82–75 Ozarks (MO)
2009 Morningside (IA)* 68–62 Hastings (NE)
2010 Northwestern (IA) 85–66 Shawnee State (OH)
2011 Northwestern (IA) 88–83 Davenport (MI)
2012 Northwestern (IA) 75–62 Ozarks (MO)
2013 Indiana Wesleyan 61–43 Davenport (MI)
2014 Saint Francis (IN)* 75–68 Ozarks (MO)[10]
2015 Morningside (IA) 59–57 Concordia (NE)[11]
2016 Marian (IN) 59–48 Southern Oregon[12]
2017 Marian (IN) 66–52 Saint Xavier (IL)
2018 Dakota Wesleyan (SD) 82–59 Concordia (NE)[13]
2019 Concordia (NE) 67–59 Southeastern (FL)
2020 TBD TBD TBD

* Season record of 38–0; Only three teams have done this in NAIA Women's Basketball history.

Championships by school - Division IEdit

  • Division II titles are not included in this list. Schools in italics are no longer in the NAIA.
Team Championships Winning years
Oklahoma City 9 1988, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017
Southern Nazarene (OK) 7 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004
Southwestern Oklahoma 5 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1990
Union (TN) 5 1998, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010
Arkansas Tech 2 1992, 1993
Kentucky State 1 1981
UNC Asheville 1 1984
Francis Marion (SC) 1 1986
Fort Hays State (KS) 1 1991
Lambuth (TN); defunct 1 2007
Vanguard (CA) 1 2008
Azusa Pacific (CA) 1 2011
Westmont (CA) 1 2013
MidAmerica Nazarene (KS) 1 2016
Freed–Hardeman 1 2018
Montana Western 1 2019

Championships by school - Division IIEdit

  • Division I titles are not included in this list. Schools in italics are no longer in the NAIA.
Team Championships Winning years
Northwestern (IA) 5 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
Morningside (IA) 4 2004, 2005, 2009, 2015
Hastings (NE) 3 2002, 2003, 2006
Northern State (SD) 2 1992, 1994
Western Oregon 2 1995, 1996
Indiana Wesleyan 2 2007, 2013
Marian (IN) 2 2016, 2017
Northern Montana 1 1993
Northwest Nazarene (ID) 1 1997
Walsh (OH) 1 1998
Shawnee State (OH) 1 1999
Mary (ND) 1 2000
Saint Francis (IN) 1 2014
Dakota Wesleyan (SD) 1 2018
Concordia (NE) 1 2019

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ NAIA Women's DI History
  2. ^ "Oklahoma City Wins Seventh NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship". NAIA. March 25, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  3. ^ "Oklahoma City Wins Back-to-Back Titles". NAIA. March 24, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  4. ^ "MidAmerica Nazarene wins its first ever National Championship". NAIA. March 22, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  5. ^ After 21 Trips, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) Wins National Championship
  6. ^ "Sioux City selected to host 2021 NAIA Women's Basketball Championship". KTIV.com. February 7, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  7. ^ NAIA Women's DII History
  8. ^ NAIA and Sioux City extended tournament contract
  9. ^ "NAIA to Combine Basketball Divisions" (Press release). NAIA. April 16, 2018. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Smith, Ben (March 19, 2014). "Saint Francis Cougars finish unbeaten, win 1st NAIA Division II title". The Journal Gazette. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  11. ^ "Driven Mustangs Will Their Way to National Title, 59-57, Over Concordia". NAIA. March 17, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  12. ^ "Marian (Ind.) wins first ever national championship". NAIA. March 15, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  13. ^ Dakota Wesleyan wins their program's first National Championship