1984 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament
The 1984 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament began on March 16 and ended on April 1. It featured 32 teams, four fewer than the previous year. Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, Cheyney, and Southern California were the Final Four, with Southern California defeating Tennessee, 72-61, for its second straight title. USC's Cheryl Miller was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. The semi-finals and finals were held in Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles, California.
|1984 NCAA Division I|
Women's Basketball Tournament
|Finals site||Pauley Pavilion|
Los Angeles, California
|Champions||USC (2nd, 3rd title)|
|Runner-up||Tennessee (1st title game)|
|MOP||Cheryl Miller (USC)|
Three of the four team earning a bid to the Final Four did so winning the Regional game on their own floor. The exception, the East Regional was held at a neutral site, the Norfolk Scope, but that was the home town of Old Dominion, who had won 45 consecutive home games, before meeting Cheyney State in the East Regional Final. Cheyney State won by a score of 80–71. The win matched them up against the three seed Tennessee, who upset Georgia to win the Mideast Regional. The score of the semi-final was also 80–71, but this time the Lady Vols were the victor.
In 1983, USC and Louisiana Tech met in the National Championship game, with USC prevailing. The two teams next played in the regular season in January 1984, with Louisiana Tech beating USC 75–66 in at the home court of La Tech.. In the 1984 Tournament, USC advanced to the Final Four by beating Long Beach State 90–74, in the West Region, while Louisiana Tech beat Texas 85–60, to win the Midwest Regional. This set up a rematch, in the national semifinal. The game was close, and tied at 57 points apiece with under three minutes to go, when Cheryl Miller scored the last five points of the game to help USC advance to the championship game 62—57.
The score of the championship game was reasonably close, 72–61, but according to Sports Illustrated, "USC outscored, out-passed, outdanced and just plain outflashed Tennessee". Led by Cheryl Miller and the McGee twins, Pamela and Paula, USC won its second consecutive National Championship. Helped by the school's proximity to the media outlets, Women's basketball received considerable media coverage, with the three stars of the team participating in many print interviews and almost 75 television appearances.
Mary Ostrowski hit nine of nine attempted free throws, the second most for an individual player in a Final Four game, the National Semi-final.
Over the two games of the Final four, she hit 15 of 15, the only player to hit every free throw (minimum 12 attempts) in Final Four games.
Tennessee, as a team, hit nine of nine attempted free throws, the second most for team in a Final Four game, in the National Championship game.
Qualifying teams - automatic
Thirty-two teams were selected to participate in the 1984 NCAA Tournament. Seventeen conferences were eligible for an automatic bid to the 1984 NCAA tournament. (Not all conference records are available for 1984)
|Kansas State||Big Eight||25–5||12–2||3|
|Middle Tennessee State||Ohio Valley||19–9||12–2||6|
|Montana||Mountain West Athletic||25–3||14–0||4|
|Ohio State||Big Ten||22–6||17–1||5|
|Old Dominion||Sun Belt||22–4||-–-||1|
|Penn State||Atlantic 10||19–11||6–2||8|
|St. John's||Big East||24–5||5–3||7|
- Drake is recognized in the NCAA record books as having been a member of both the Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference (Gateway) and Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) in 1984, although the latter did not sponsor women's sports until the 1992–93 school year. The Gateway was founded in 1982 as a women's-only conference parallel to the MVC. In 1985, the Gateway added football as its only men's sport. When the women's side of the Gateway merged into the MVC in 1992, the football side remained in operation, and is now known as the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
Qualifying teams - at-large
|Long Beach State||Western Collegiate||23–5||13–1||2|
|North Carolina State||ACC||22–8||9–5||4|
|Oregon State||Northern Pacific||21–7||9–3||5|
|San Diego State||Western Collegiate||23–5||9–5||6|
Bids by conference
Seventeen conferences earned an automatic bid. In eleven cases, the automatic bid was the only representative from the conference. Twelve 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.
|5||SEC||Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee|
|4||ACC||Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia|
|3||Western Collegiate||Long Beach State, San Diego State, USC|
|3||Independent||Cheyney, Louisiana Tech, UNLV|
|2||Big 8||Kansas State, Missouri|
|2||Northern Pacific||Oregon, Oregon State|
|2||Southwest||Texas, Texas Tech|
|1||Atlantic 10||Penn State|
|1||Big East||St. John's|
|1||Big Ten||Ohio State|
|1||Mountain West Athletic||Montana|
|1||Ohio Valley||Middle Tennessee State|
|1||Sun Belt||Old Dominion|
In 1984, the field returned to 32 teams, in the same format as in 1982. The teams were seeded, and assigned to four geographic regions, with seeds 1-8 in each region. In Round 1, the higher seed was given the opportunity to host the first-round game. In most cases, the higher seed accepted the opportunity. The exceptions:
- Ole Miss was a 4 seed, but unable to host, so the game was played at 5 seed Ohio State
- Alabama was a 2 seed, but played at Central Michigan, the 7 seed
- Missouri was a 4 seed, but played at LSU, the 5 seed
- Kansas State was a 3 seed, but played at Northeast Louisiana, the 6 seed
- Oregon was a 3 seed, but played at San Diego State, the 6 seed
- Long Beach State was a 2 seed, playing the 7 seed, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The game was played at the University of Southern California (USC). For this reason there are only 15 first round venues, as all locations hosted one game except the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, home of USC, which hosted two games.
Regionals and Final Four
The Regionals, named for the general location, were held from March 22 to March 25 at these sites:
- East Regional Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia (Host: Old Dominion University)
- Mideast Regional Stokely Athletic Center, Knoxville, Tennessee (Host: University of Tennessee)
- Midwest Regional Thomas Assembly Center, Ruston, Louisiana (Host: Louisiana Tech University)
- West Regional Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California (Host: University of California, Los Angeles)
Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four, held March 30 and April 1 in Los Angeles, California at Pauley Pavilion.
Bids by state
|3||California||USC, Long Beach State, San Diego State|
|3||Louisiana||Northeast Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, LSU|
|2||North Carolina||North Carolina, North Carolina State|
|2||Oregon||Oregon, Oregon State|
|2||Pennsylvania||Penn State, Cheyney|
|2||Tennessee||Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee|
|2||Texas||Texas, Texas Tech|
|2||Virginia||Old Dominion, Virginia|
|1||New York||St. John's|
Mideast Regional - University of Tennessee - Knoxville, TN (Stokely Athletic Center)
Midwest Regional - Louisiana Tech - Ruston, LA (Thomas Assembly Center)
East Regional - Old Dominion - Norfolk, VA (Norfolk Scope)
|4||N.C. State||71 (OT)|
|7||St. John's||79 (OT)|
West Regional - Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena)
|2||Long Beach State||74|
|6||San Diego State||70|
|6||San Diego State||73|
|2||Long Beach State||91|
|2||Long Beach State||78|
Final Four - University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA (Pauley Pavilion)
Record by conference
|Conference||# of Bids||Record||Win %||Round
|Mountain West Athletic||1||1–1||.500||1||1||–||–||–|
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