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1998 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament

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Champions  Tennessee (6th title)
Teams  64
Start date  1998
Finals site  Kemper Arena
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Runner-up  Louisiana Tech (6th title game)
Semifinalists  NC State (1st Final Four) Arkansas (1st Final Four)
Similar  1996 NCAA Division I, 2002 NCAA Division I, 1995 NCAA Division I, 2000 NCAA Division I, 2004 NCAA Division I

The 1998 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament began on March 13, 1998, and concluded on March 29, 1998, when Tennessee won the national title. The Final Four was held at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 27–29, 1998. Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, NC State, and Arkansas qualified to the Final Four. Tennessee and Louisiana Tech won their semi-final Final Four matchups and continued on to the championship. Tennessee defeated Louisiana Tech 93-75 to take their sixth title, and complete an undefeated season (39-0).


For the first time in the men's or women's tournament, two teams, Tennessee and Liberty, entered the tournament unbeaten (this feat was replicated in 2014 by the women's teams from Connecticut and Notre Dame). In the Mideast Regional, the Lady Vols blew out Liberty 102-58. However, in the West Regional, the expected 1-16 blowout did not happen. In that matchup, Harvard defeated an injury-plagued #1 seed Stanford on its home court 71-67, the only time in the men's or women's tournament that a 16 has ever beaten a 1. In addition, 9th-seeded Arkansas made the final four, the highest seed ever to do so in the women's tournament.

Tournament records

  • Free throws—Chastity Melvin, North Carolina State, attempted 15 free throws in the semi-final game against Louisiana Tech, setting the record for most free throw attempts in a Final Four game.
  • Winning margin—Tennessee defeated Arkansas 86–58 in the semi-final game. The winning margin of 28 points set the record for winning margin in a Final Four game.
  • Three-point field goals—Julie Krommenhoek completed eight three-point field goals in a first round game in the West region, setting the record for most three-point field goals scored in an NCAA tournament game.
  • Three-point field goal percentage—Kellie Jolly, Tennessee, hit four of five three-point field goal attempts(80%) in the championship game against Louisiana Tech, tying a record for three-point field goal percentage in a Final Four game, held by four other players.
  • Steals—Ticha Penicheiro, Old Dominion, recorded fourteen steals, setting the record for most steals in an NCAA tournament game, since the statistic was first recorded in 1988.
  • Free throws—Purdue made 39 free throws in a Midwest region first round game against Washington, setting the record for most free throws scored in an NCAA tournament game.
  • Field goals made—Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee, scored 64 field goals in the tournament, setting the record for most field goals made in a tournament.
  • Field goals attempted—Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee, attempted 131 field goals in the tournament, setting the record for most field goals attempted in a tournament.
  • Steals—Ticha Penicheiro, Old Dominion, recorded 23 steals, setting the record for most steals in an NCAA tournament, since the statistic was first recorded in 1988.
  • Furthest advance—Harvard, as a 16 seed, advanced to the second round, representing the only time a 16 seed has advanced.
  • Qualifying teams - automatic

    Sixty-four teams were selected to participate in the 1998 NCAA Tournament. Thirty conferences were eligible for an automatic bid to the 1998 NCAA tournament.

    Qualifying teams - at-large

    Thirty-four additional teams were selected to complete the sixty-four invitations.

    Bids by conference

    Thirty conferences earned an automatic bid. In nineteen cases, the automatic bid was the only representative from the conference. Thirty-four additional at-large teams were selected from eleven of the conferences.

    First and second rounds

    In 1998, the field remained at 64 teams. The teams were seeded, and assigned to four geographic regions, with seeds 1-16 in each region. In Round 1, seeds 1 and 16 faced each other, as well as seeds 2 and 15, seeds 3 and 14, seeds 4 and 13, seeds 5 and 12, seeds 6 and 11, seeds 7 and 10, and seeds 8 and 9. In the first two rounds, the top four seeds were given the opportunity to host the first round game. In all cases, the higher seed accepted the opportunity.

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

    Regionals and Final Four

    The Regionals, named for the general location, were held from March 20 to March 23 at these sites:

  • Mideast Regional Memorial Gymnasium (Vanderbilt University), Nashville, Tennessee (Host: Vanderbilt University)
  • Midwest Regional Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, Lubbock, Texas (Host: Texas Tech University)
  • East Regional University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio (Host: University of Dayton)
  • West Regional Oracle Arena, Oakland, California (Host: University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four held March 27 and March 29 in Kansas City, Missouri, at the Kemper Arena

    Bids by state

    The sixty-four teams came from thirty-four states, plus Washington, D.C. Four states, California, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina each had the most teams with four bids. Sixteen states did not have any teams receiving bids.


    Data source

    West Region

  • --The Arkansas-Harvard second round game was played at Stanford, Calif.
  • Final Four - Kansas City, Missouri

    E-East; ME-Mideast; MW-Midwest; W-West.

    Record by conference

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

    Fourteen conferences went 0-1: America East, Big Sky Conference, Big South Conference, Horizon League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Northeast Conference, Ohio Valley Conference, Patriot League, Southern Conference, Southland, SWAC, and West Coast Conference

    All-Tournament Team

  • Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee
  • Tamika Catchings, Tennessee
  • Kellie Jolly, Tennessee
  • Tamicha Jackson, Louisiana Tech
  • Chasity Melvin, North Carolina St.
  • Game Officials

  • Art Bomengen (Semi-Final)
  • Melissa Barlow (Semi-Final)
  • Karen Wilhite (Semi-Final)
  • Dennis Mayer (Semi-Final)
  • Scott Yarbrough (Semi-Final)
  • Teresa Dahlem (Semi-Final)
  • Sally Bell (Final)
  • Bob Trammell (Final)
  • Wesley Dean (Final)
  • References

    1998 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament Wikipedia