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Daniel Wilco | | September 5, 2019

12 teams with the most wins in women's college basketball history

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There are currently 351 teams in Division I women’s basketball. Through the entire history of the sport, only 12 of those teams have accrued at least 1,000 wins.

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A few quick facts from the data before we get to the list:

  • No team on this list has more wins per season than UConn. The Huskies have racked up 1,153 wins in just 45 seasons — an average of 25.6 per year.
  • While Tennessee holds the record on this list for the earliest inception (1903), the Volunteers are far behind James Madison when it comes to total seasons played. Tennessee dropped women’s basketball from 1927 to 1960, so the Lady Vols have only played 65 seasons, while JMU has played continuously since 1921, giving them a whopping 97 years.
  • One team, Notre Dame, finished the 2018-19 season at 999 total wins. The Fighting Irish fell to Baylor in the national championship last season, in what would have been the program’s 1,000th win.
  • Before the 2018-19 season, UConn was the only team in DI women’s basketball with more than 1,000 wins and fewer than 300 losses. The Huskies went 35-3 last year, pushing their total losses from 298 to 301.
  • There are six teams that are within single-season striking distance of the 1,000-win mark:
Team Wins Losses Percentage Wins AWAY from 1K
Notre Dame 999 333 0.75 1
South Dakota St. 995 424 0.701 5
Georgia 980 428 0.696 20
North Carolina 969 455 0.68 31
Belmont 968 518 0.651 32

But all of them have a long way to go to catch the top teams in the record books.

Here are the 12 winningest teams in women’s basketball history headed into the 2019-20 season:

(Records were taken from the NCAA’s official record book, which can be found here.)

12. Maryland — 1,001 wins

Maryland women's basketball

First season: 1972
Total seasons: 48
Program record: 1001-427 (0.701)

11. Western Ky. — 1,004 wins

Western Kentucky women's basketball

First season: 1915
Total seasons: 56
Program record: 1004-492 (0.671)

10. Green Bay — 1,005 wins

Green Bay women's basketball

First season: 1974
Total seasons: 46
Program record: 1005-350 (0.742)

9. Ohio St. — 1,040 wins

Ohio State women's basketball

First season: 1966
Total seasons: 54
Program record: 1040-449 (0.698)

8. Old Dominion — 1,060 wins

ODU women's basketball

First season: 1970
Total seasons: 50
Program record: 1060-453 (0.701)

7. Stephen F. Austin — 1,080 wins

SFA women's basketball

First season: 1969
Total seasons: 51
Program record: 1080-457 (0.703)

6. Texas — 1,088 wins

Texas women's basketball

First season: 1975
Total seasons: 45
Program record: 1088-398 (0.732)

5. Stanford — 1,091 wins

Stanford women's basketball

First season: 1975
Total seasons: 45
Program record: 1091-334 (0.766)

4. James Madison — 1,123 wins

JMU women's basketball

First season: 1921
Total seasons: 97
Program record: 1123-549-2 (0.671)

3. Louisiana Tech — 1,124 wins

Louisiana Tech women's basketball

First season: 1975
Total seasons: 45
Program record: 1124-337 (0.769)

2. UConn — 1,153 wins

UConn women's basketball

First season: 1975
Total seasons: 45
Program record: 1153-301 (0.793)

1. Tennessee — 1,363 wins

Tennessee women's basketball

First season: 1903
Total seasons: 65
Program record: 1363-333-5 (0.803)

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