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1989 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament

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Teams  48
Champions  Tennessee (2nd title)
1989 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament
Finals site  Tacoma Dome Tacoma, Washington
Runner-up  Auburn (2nd title game)
Semifinalists  Louisiana Tech (6th Final Four) Maryland (2nd Final Four)
MOP  Bridgette Gordon Tennessee

The 1989 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament began on March 15 and ended on April 2. The tournament expanded from 40 to 48 teams. The Final Four consisted of Auburn, Louisiana Tech, Tennessee, and Maryland, with Tennessee winning its second title with a 76-60 victory over Auburn. Tennessee's Bridgette Gordon was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.



Auburn has only six turnovers in the National Semi-final game against Louisiana Tech, the fewest number of turnovers recorded in a Final Four game.

Bridgette Gordon scored 17 points from the free throw line in the East Regional Final between Tennessee and Long Beach state, the most ever scored in an NCAA Tournament game.

Maryland had 25 steals in a game against Stephen F. Austin in the West Regional Semifinal, the most in an NCAA tournament game, since the statistic has been recorded (starting in 1988).

Jennifer Azzi hit nine of eleven three point attempts over the course of the tournament, the best percentage ever recorded in a tournament game (minimum- 1.5 made per game)

Stanford hit 22 of 33 three point attempts over the course of the tournament, the best percentage ever recorded in a tournament game (minimum - three games)

Qualifying teams - automatic

Forty-eight teams were selected to participate in the 1989 NCAA Tournament. Nineteen conferences were eligible for an automatic bid to the 1989 NCAA tournament.

Qualifying teams - at-large

Twenty-nine additional teams were selected to complete the forty-eight invitations.

Bids by conference

Nineteen conferences earned an automatic bid. In seven cases, the automatic bid was the only representative from the conference. Two conferences, Southland and American South sent a single representative as an at-large team. One team earned an at-large bid as an Independent Twenty-six additional at-large teams were selected from ten of the conferences.

First and second rounds

In 1989, the field expanded to 48 teams. The teams were seeded, and assigned to four geographic regions, with seeds 1-12 in each region. In Round 1, seeds 8 and 9 faced each other for the opportunity to face the 1 seed in the second round, seeds 7 and 10 played for the opportunity to face the 2 seed, seeds 5 and 12 played for the opportunity to face the 4 seed, and seeds 6 and 11 played for the opportunity to face the 3 seed. In the first two rounds, the higher seed was given the opportunity to host the first round game. In most cases, the higher seed accepted the opportunity. The exceptions:

  • Fifth seeded Purdue played fourth seeded LSU at Purdue
  • Tenth seeded Montana played seventh seeded Cal St. Fullerton at Montana
  • Ninth seeded Oklahoma State played eighth seeded Miami(FL) at Oklahoma State
  • Seventh seeded Vanderbilt played tenth seeded St. Joseph’s at St. Joseph’s
  • Ninth seeded Bowling Green played eighth seeded Cincinnati at Bowling Green
  • Because Purdue was also a first round venue, there are only 31 rather than 32 first and second round venues

    The following table lists the region, host school, venue and the thirty-one first and second round locations:

    Regionals and Final Four

    The Regionals, named for the general location, were held from March 23 to March 25 at these sites:

  • East Regional E.A. Diddle Arena, Bowling Green, Kentucky (Host: Western Kentucky University)
  • Mideast Regional Memorial Coliseum (Beard–Eaves–Memorial Coliseum), Auburn, Alabama (Host: Auburn University)
  • Midwest Regional Thomas Assembly Center, Ruston, Louisiana (Host: Louisiana Tech University)
  • West Regional Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas (Host: University of Texas)
  • Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four, held March 31 and April 2 in Tacoma, Washington at the Tacoma Dome

    Bids by state

    The forty-eight teams came from thirty-one states. Pennsylvania and Tennessee had the most teams with four each. Nineteen states did not have any teams receiving bids.


    First and second round games played at higher seed except where noted.

    Record by conference

    Nineteen conferences had more than one bid, or at least one win in NCAA Tournament play:

    Two conferences went 0-1: High Country, and Southern Conference

    All-Tournament Team

  • Bridgette Gordon, Tennessee
  • Sheila Frost, Tennessee
  • Vickie Orr, Auburn
  • Venus Lacy, Louisiana Tech
  • Deanna Tate, Maryland
  • Game Officials

  • Sally Bell (Semi-Final)
  • John Morningstar(Semi-Final)
  • Larry Sheppard (Semi-Final)
  • Bill Stokes (Semi-Final)
  • June Corteau (Final)
  • Patty Broderick (Final)
  • References

    1989 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament Wikipedia

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