1985 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament
The 1985 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament began on March 14 and ended on March 31 and featured 32 teams. The Final Four consisted of Old Dominion, Northeast Louisiana, Western Kentucky, and Georgia, with Old Dominion defeating Georgia, 70–65 in the championship game. Old Dominion's Tracy Claxton was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.
|1985 NCAA Division I|
Women's Basketball Tournament
|Finals site||Frank Erwin Center|
|Champions||Old Dominion (1st title)|
|Runner-up||Georgia (1st title game)|
|MOP||Tracy Claxton (Old Dominion)|
1985 is the first year ESPN began televising some of the Tournament games. They televised two of the four Regional Finals (East and West Regional), as well as the two national semifinals. The Georgia vs Western Kentucky match up was shown live, while the Old Dominion vs. Northeast Louisiana game was shown tape-delayed. The Championship game was broadcast by CBS.
Georgia faced Western Kentucky in the semi-final. This was a rematch of a game played in December, when Western Kentucky prevailed, 72–67. However, in that game, Katrina McClain had been sidelined with an ankle injury. She was available to play in the final four, and achieved a career high total of 25 points. Her teammate, Teresa Edwards, scored 27, and the two helped Georgia win the semi-final 91–78.
In the championship game, Georgia took on Old Dominion. The Lady Monarchs weren't hitting their shots, scoring on only 38% of their field goal attempts, but they made up for their misses with rebounds. The Old Dominion team had set an NCAA Final Four record (still standing in 2012) with 57 rebounds in the semi-final game, and they repeated that performance in the championship game, pulling down 57 rebounds and limiting Georgia to 30. The game would be close, but Old Dominion prevailed, 70–65, to win the national Championship.
In the second half of the semi-final game between Georgia and Western Kentucky, Georgia scored 57 points while Western Kentucky scored 44. The combined point total of 101 points in a half, as well as the points scored by a single team in a half are both Final Four records, still standing in 2012.
In the other semi-final game, Old Dominion pulled down 57 rebounds against Northeast Louisiana. That number still stands as a Final Four rebounds record, although it was tied two days later by Old Dominion in the championship game against Georgia.
In a first-round game, Teresa Carmichael of Saint Joseph's University, attempted eleven field goals and hit all eleven. That's the most number of field goal attempt without a miss in Tournament history, though 2012.
Qualifying teams - automatic
|Pennsylvania State University||Atlantic 10||27–4||7–1||3|
|North Carolina State University||ACC||24–5||13–1||4|
|Syracuse University||Big East||18–12||10–6||8|
|University of Missouri||Big Eight||22–8||12–2||7|
|Ohio State University||Big Ten||26–2||18–0||2|
|Brigham Young University||High Country||19–8||11–1||8|
|University of Memphis||Metro||23–6||9–1||6|
|College of the Holy Cross||MAAC||21–6||9–3||7|
|Western Michigan University||MAC||19–9||14–4||8|
|Illinois State University||Missouri Valley Conference||23–5||17–1||8|
|University of Idaho||Mountain West||28–1||13–1||5|
|University of Washington||Northern Pacific||26–1||11–0||3|
|Middle Tennessee State University||Ohio Valley Conference||23–6||13–1||5|
|University of Tennessee||SEC||21–9||4–4||3|
|Northeast Louisiana University||Southland||27–1||12–0||2|
|University of Texas at Austin||Southwest||27–2||16–0||1|
|Old Dominion University||Sun Belt Conference||26–3||6–0||1|
|California State University, Long Beach||Western Collegiate||26–2||13–1||1|
Qualifying teams - at-large
|Saint Joseph's University||Atlantic 10||25–4||7–1||5|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||ACC||21–10||11–3||6|
|University of Virginia||ACC||21–7||9–5||6|
|Louisiana Tech University||Independent||27–3||–||1|
|University of Southern Mississippi||Metro||21–8||8–2||7|
|Tennessee Technological University||Ohio Valley Conference||20–8||12–2||7|
|University of Nevada, Las Vegas||Pacific Coast||25–4||8–0||4|
|University of Georgia||SEC||25–4||7–1||2|
|University of Mississippi||SEC||27–2||8–0||2|
|Western Kentucky University||Sun Belt Conference||26–5||5–1||4|
|San Diego State University||Western Collegiate||20–8||9–5||5|
|University of Southern California||Western Collegiate||19–8||10–4||4|
|University of California, Los Angeles||Western Collegiate||19–9||10–4||6|
Bids by conference
|4||Southeastern||Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, Tennessee|
|4||Western Collegiate||Long Beach St., San Diego St., Southern California, UCLA|
|3||Atlantic Coast||North Carolina, North Carolina St., Virginia|
|2||Atlantic 10||Penn St., St. Joseph’s|
|2||Metro||Memphis, Southern Miss.|
|2||Ohio Valley||Middle Tenn., Tennessee Tech|
|2||Sun Belt||Old Dominion, Western Ky.|
|1||Big Ten||Ohio St.|
|1||Metro Atlantic||Holy Cross|
|1||Missouri Valley||Illinois St.|
Bids by state
|4||California||Long Beach St, San Diego St, Southern California, UCLA|
|4||Tennessee||Memphis, Middle Tenn, Tennessee, Tennessee Tech|
|2||Louisiana||Northeast La., Louisiana Tech|
|2||Mississippi||Ole Miss, Southern Miss|
|2||North Carolina||North Carolina St, North Carolina|
|2||Pennsylvania||Penn St, St Joseph’s|
|2||Virginia||Old Dominion, Virginia|
Round 1 venues
The 32 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 each case, the higher seed accepted the opportunity.
Regionals and Final Four
The Regionals, named for the general location, were held from March 21 to March 24 at these sites:
- East Regional Old Dominion University Fieldhouse, Norfolk, Virginia (Host: Old Dominion University)
- Midwest Regional Ewing Coliseum, Monroe, Louisiana (Host: Northeast Louisiana University)
- Mideast Regional E.A. Diddle Arena, Bowling Green, Kentucky (Host: Western Kentucky University)
- West Regional Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California (Host: University of California, Los Angeles)
Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four held March 29 and March 31 in Austin, Texas at the Frank Erwin Center
East Regional – Old Dominion – Norfolk, VA (Old Dominion University Fieldhouse)
Midwest Regional – Northeast Louisiana University – Monroe, LA(Fant–Ewing Coliseum)
March 14 – 16
March 21 – 22
|5||San Diego State||64|
|5||San Diego State||70|
|2||Northeast Louisiana||85 (OT)|
Mideast Regional – Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY (E. A. Diddle Arena)
March 14 – 16
March 21 – 22
|5||Middle Tennessee State||55|
West Regional – UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (Pauley Pavilion)
March 14 – 16
|1||Long Beach State||112|
|1||Long Beach State||75|
|1||Long Beach State||82|
Final Four – University of Texas – Austin, TX (Frank Erwin Center)
Record by conference
|Conference||# of Bids||Record||Win %||Round
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