The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women's Division I Basketball Championship is an annual college basketball tournament for women. Held each April, the Women's Championship was inaugurated in the 1981–82 season. The NCAA tournament was preceded by the AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, which was held annually from 1972 to 1982. Basketball was one of 12 women's sports added to the NCAA championship program for the 1981-82 school year, as the NCAA engaged in battle with the As
As much as basketball fans, and Mississippi State women's hoops fans in particular, might want to see the Bulldogs challenge the Connecticut women to a close game in Friday's national semifinal, there's just no escaping recent history.