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University of Dayton: Basketball (women)

Women's Basketball

1962-63: Women's basketball goes varsity

1970-71: The University hosted the first ever State of Ohio women's intercollegiate basketball tournament

1979: Won state and regional championships

1980: AIAW National Champions (Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women)

1983: First appearance of a UD women's team in an NCAA tournament

1984: NCAA Division II Final Four

1985: Women's basketball moves to Division I

2010: NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, A-10 Semifinals

2011: NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship

A Brief History of Women's Basketball

Equipment was ordered for women's basketball during the 1935-36 academic year (the year women were officially admitted into the University).  In 1937-38 a complete intramural program was inaugurated.  Winter basketball was highly popular consisting of two freshman squads, one sophomore, and one junior team vying for honors.  During the 1945-46 academic year basketball was listed as one of the major sports.  After the passage of Title IX in 1975, the number of basketball games played by UD women more than doubled.  Today the women's basketball team competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference.


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