Incredible Photos from Women’s Tournament History

We scoured the archives to find some amazing photos from the women’s tournament throughout the years. Take a walk down memory lane with some of the game’s greatest legends.

The trailblazer

Date: March 31, 1996

Photographer: Matthew Stockman

Legendary coach Pat Summit and her son, Tyler, celebrate the Lady Vols victory over the Georgia Bulldogs in the 1996 NCAA Championship.

Harvard celebrates history

Date: 1998

Photographer: Unknown

In the first round of the 1998 tournament, Harvard made history by becoming the first 16-seed to defeat a #1 seed after its victory over Stanford. In the years since, only two other 16-seeds have defeated the top seed, both on the men’s side – University of Maryland-Baltimore County in 2018 and Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2023.


Date: April 04, 2006

Photographer: Jim McIsaac

Kristi Tolliver and teammates celebrate her three-pointer that forced overtime in the 2006 championship game against Duke. The Maryland Terrapins went on to win the title.

Championship Candace

Date: April 3, 2007

Photographer: Jim McIsaac

Candace Parker screams in elation after the Tennessee Lady Vols won the 2007 championship against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

Sweet Victory

Date: April 09, 2013

Photographer: Chris Graythen

The UConn Huskies hoist head coach Geno Auriemma after beating the Louisville Cardinals in the 2013 NCAA Championship.

The Shot Heard Round the World

Date: March 31, 2017

Photographer: Ron Jenkins

Mississippi State guard Morgan William elevates over a UConn Husky and sinks the last-second shot, ending UConn’s historic win streak and sending MSU to the championship game.

Arike strikes again

Date: April 01, 2018

Photographer: Andy Lyons

Arike hits the winning shot with 0.1 seconds left to defeat the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs and clinch the 2018 NCAA Championship.

The Big Dance

Date: March 27, 2022

Photographer: Abbie Parr

Tara VanDerveer and the Stanford Cardinal celebrate after defeating the Texas Longhorns and punching their ticket to the 2022 Final Four.

The Legend

Date: April 04, 2022

Photographer: Andy Lyons

The iconic Dawn Staley reacts after cutting down the net in celebration of winning the 2022 NCAA Championship.

The New Wave

Date: March 31, 2023

Photographer: Tom Pennington

Angel Reese and Flau’jae Johnson celebrate together after defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies to punch their ticket to the title game.

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