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Daniel Wilco | NCAA.com | November 14, 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 1,155 wins in just 46 seasons — an average of 25.1 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 98 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. Notre Dame instead got that win on opening day of the 2019-20 season, beating Fordham.
  • 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.
  • After Notre Dame passed it, there are four teams that are within single-season striking distance of the 1,000-win mark:
Team Wins Losses Percentage Wins AWAY from 1K
Notre Dame 1,001 334 0.75 -
South Dakota St. 995 426 0.701 5
Georgia 982 428 0.696 18
North Carolina 971 455 0.68 29
Belmont 970 519 0.651 30

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, just a few games into the 2019-20 season:

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

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12. Maryland — 1,003 wins

Maryland women's basketball

First season: 1972
Total seasons: 48
Program record: 1003-428 (0.701)

11. Western Ky. — 1,006 wins

Western Kentucky women's basketball

First season: 1915
Total seasons: 56
Program record: 1006-493 (0.671)

10. Green Bay — 1,006 wins

Green Bay women's basketball

First season: 1974
Total seasons: 46
Program record: 1006-351 (0.742)

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9. Ohio St. — 1,042 wins

Ohio State women's basketball

First season: 1966
Total seasons: 54
Program record: 1042-449 (0.698)

8. Old Dominion — 1,061 wins

ODU women's basketball

First season: 1970
Total seasons: 50
Program record: 1061-453 (0.701)

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7. Stephen F. Austin — 1,082 wins

SFA women's basketball

First season: 1969
Total seasons: 51
Program record: 1082-457 (0.703)

6. Texas — 1,088 wins

Texas women's basketball

First season: 1975
Total seasons: 45
Program record: 1088-399 (0.732)

5. Stanford — 1,093 wins

Stanford women's basketball

First season: 1975
Total seasons: 45
Program record: 1093-334 (0.766)

4. James Madison — 1,125 wins

JMU women's basketball

First season: 1921
Total seasons: 97
Program record: 1125-550-2 (0.671)

3. Louisiana Tech — 1,126 wins

Louisiana Tech women's basketball

First season: 1975
Total seasons: 45
Program record: 1126-337 (0.769)

2. UConn — 1,155 wins

UConn women's basketball

First season: 1975
Total seasons: 45
Program record: 1155-301 (0.793)

1. Tennessee — 1,366 wins

Tennessee women's basketball

First season: 1903
Total seasons: 65
Program record: 1366-333-5 (0.803)

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