University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
Gender-based college nicknames have a proud and long history. USC’s “Women of Troy” might have the top nickname of all. Even though they haven’t had much national success in recent years, the USC women’s program nonetheless owns an extraordinary legacy. In 1976, USC became the 1st Division I school to give scholarships for women’s basketball. In 2007, they sold out the 10,258-seat Galen Center for a game against UCLA, the 1st time an NCAA women’s game sold out. Cheryl Miller, Women’s Hall of Famer, led USC to national championships in 1983 and 1984.
University of Louisville
The Cardinals were in the Final Four in 2009 and 2013, coming in second both times. They have won 20 or more games in over six seasons with Head Coach Jeff Walz. Louisville plays in the KFC Yum! Center, which was established in 2010 and seats over 22,000. The team has ranked in the top three in attendance, having more than 9,000 fans attend games.
University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD
The Lady Terrapins played in the first NCAA final four in 1982 and have made four more since, including 2014 and 2015. They won the 2006 National Championship in current head coach Brenda Frese’s fourth season on the bench. Maryland appeared in the 1st nationally broadcast women’s basketball game in 1975 and was defeated by Immaculata College. Maryland has had over 15 players go on to play pro or in the Olympics like Alyssa Thomas and Tianna Hawkins.
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
The Aggies have earned 14 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances under head coach Gary Blair, including their 1st national championship in 2011. Blair is the only male coach in addition to UConn’s Geno Auriemma to lead a women’s team to the championship since Leon Barmore’s 1988 Louisiana Tech squad.