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:
2019 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament
2019 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Tournament
MottoPassion. Tradition. History.
No. of teams32
Country United States
Venue(s)Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark & Tyson Events Center
Most recent
DI University of Montana Western
DII Concordia University
Most titles Oklahoma City University (9)
TV partner(s)ESPN 3 (national)
NAIA Men's Basketball Championships
NAIA Division I
NAIA Division II

Division I

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.

1981Kentucky State73–67Texas SouthernUnknown venueKansas City, Missouri
1982Southwestern Oklahoma80–45Missouri Southern State
1983Southwestern Oklahoma80–68Alabama-Huntsville
1984UNC Asheville72–70#Portland (Ore.)Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1985Southwestern Oklahoma55–54Saginaw Valley (Mich.)
1986Francis Marion (S.C.)75–65Wayland Baptist (Texas)Kansas City, Missouri
1987Southwestern Oklahoma60–58North Georgia
1988Oklahoma City113–95Claflin (S.C.)
1989Southern Nazarene (Okla.)98–96Claflin (S.C.)
1990Southwestern Oklahoma82–75Arkansas–MonticelloOman ArenaJackson, Tennessee
1991Fort Hays State (Kan.)57–53Southwestern Oklahoma
1992Arkansas Tech84–68Wayland Baptist (Texas)
1993Arkansas Tech76–75Union (Tenn.)
1994Southern Nazarene (Okla.)97–74David Lipscomb (Tenn.)
1995Southern Nazarene (Okla.)78–77Southeastern Oklahoma
1996Southern Nazarene (Okla.)80–79Southeastern Oklahoma
1997Southern Nazarene (Okla.)78–73Union (Tenn.)
1998Union (Tenn.)73–70Southern Nazarene (Okla.)
1999Oklahoma City72–55Simon Fraser (B.C.)
2000Oklahoma City64–55Simon Fraser (B.C.)
2001Oklahoma City69–52Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
2002Oklahoma City82–73Southern Nazarene (Okla.)
2003Southern Nazarene (Okla.)71–70Oklahoma City
2004Southern Nazarene (Okla.)77–61Oklahoma City
2005Union (Tenn.)67–63Oklahoma City
2006Union (Tenn.)79–62Lubbock Christian (Texas)
2007Lambuth (Tenn.)63–50Cumberland (Tenn.)
2008Vanguard (Calif.)72–59Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.)
2009Union (Tenn.)73–63Lambuth (Tenn.)
2010Union (Tenn.)73–65Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
2011Azusa Pacific (Calif.)65–59Union (Tenn.)
2012Oklahoma City69–48Union (Tenn.)Frankfort Convention CenterFrankfort, Kentucky
2013Westmont (Calif.).71–65Lee (Tenn.)
2014Oklahoma City80–76Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)[2]
2015Oklahoma City80–63Campbellsville (Ky.)Independence Events CenterIndependence, Missouri[3]
2016MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)49–35Baker (Kan.)[4]
2017Oklahoma City73–66Lewis-Clark StateRimrock Auto ArenaBillings, Montana
2018Freed-Hardeman76–64Westmont (Calif.)[5]
2019Montana Western75–59Oklahoma City
2021Tyson Events CenterSioux City, Iowa[6]

# Overtime

Division II

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.

1992Northern State (S.D.)73–56Tarleton State (Texas)New PE BuildingMonmouth, Oregon
1993Northern Montana71–68Northern State (S.D.)
1994Northern State (S.D.)48–45Western Oregon
1995Western Oregon75–67Northwest Nazarene (Idaho)
1996Western Oregon80–77 Huron (S.D.)Hershey HallAngola, Indiana
1997Northwest Nazarene (Idaho)64–46Black Hills State (S.D.)
1998Walsh (Ohio)73–66Mary Hardin–Baylor (Texas)Sioux City AuditoriumSioux City, Iowa
1999Shawnee State (Ohio)80–65Saint Francis (Ind.)
2000Mary (N.D.)59–49Northwestern (Iowa)
2001Northwestern (Iowa)77–50Albertson (Idaho)
2002Hastings (Neb.)73–69Cornerstone (Mich.)
2003Hastings (Neb.)59–53Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)
2004Morningside (Iowa)87–74Cedarville (Ohio)Tyson Events Center / Gateway Arena
2005Morningside (Iowa)75–65Cedarville (Ohio)
2006Hastings (Neb.)58–39Ozarks (Mo.)
2007Indiana Wesleyan*48–34Ozarks (Mo.)
2008Northwestern (IA)82–75Ozarks (MO)
2009Morningside (IA)*68–62Hastings (NE)
2010Northwestern (IA)85–66Shawnee State (OH)
2011Northwestern (IA)88–83Davenport (MI)
2012Northwestern (IA)75–62Ozarks (MO)
2013Indiana Wesleyan61–43Davenport (MI)
2014Saint Francis (IN)*75–68Ozarks (MO)[10]
2015Morningside (IA)59–57Concordia (NE)[11]
2016Marian (IN)59–48Southern Oregon[12]
2017Marian (IN)66–52Saint Xavier (IL)
2018Dakota Wesleyan (SD)82–59Concordia (NE)[13]
2019Concordia (NE)67–59Southeastern (FL)

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

Championships by school - Division I

  • Division II titles are not included in this list. Schools in italics are no longer in the NAIA.
TeamChampionshipsWinning years
Oklahoma City91988, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017
Southern Nazarene (OK)71989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004
Southwestern Oklahoma51982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1990
Union (TN)51998, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010
Arkansas Tech21992, 1993
Kentucky State11981
UNC Asheville11984
Francis Marion (SC)11986
Fort Hays State (KS)11991
Lambuth (TN); defunct12007
Vanguard (CA)12008
Azusa Pacific (CA)12011
Westmont (CA)12013
MidAmerica Nazarene (KS)12016
Montana Western12019

Championships by school - Division II

  • Division I titles are not included in this list. Schools in italics are no longer in the NAIA.
TeamChampionshipsWinning years
Northwestern (IA)52001, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
Morningside (IA)42004, 2005, 2009, 2015
Hastings (NE)32002, 2003, 2006
Northern State (SD)21992, 1994
Western Oregon21995, 1996
Indiana Wesleyan22007, 2013
Marian (IN)22016, 2017
Northern Montana11993
Northwest Nazarene (ID)11997
Walsh (OH)11998
Shawnee State (OH)11999
Mary (ND)12000
Saint Francis (IN)12014
Dakota Wesleyan (SD)12018
Concordia (NE)12019


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