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SEC women's basketball by the numbers

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With nine national championships, 12 runner-up finishes, a nation-leading 38 Final Four appearances and 144 first-team All-America honors, the Southeastern Conference stands firmly as the nation's premier intercollegiate women's basketball conference.

NCAA Tournament

  • SEC teams have earned appearances in 28 of 38 NCAA Final Fours, an accomplishment unmatched by any other league. The next closest is the Big East and ACC with 22 each.
  • Overall, SEC squads have filled 38 of the 152 Final Four berths, including having two Final Four teams in 1988 (Auburn, Tennessee), 1989 (Auburn, Tennessee), 1995 (Georgia, Tennessee), 1996 (Georgia, Tennessee), 1998 (Arkansas, Tennessee), 2004 (LSU, Tennessee),2005 (LSU, Tennessee), 2007 (LSU, Tennessee), 2008 (LSU, Tennessee), 2017 (Mississippi State, South Carolina).
  • SEC teams have made 21 appearances in a nation-high 18 NCAA Championship games, winning nine NCAA Championships (Tennessee: 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2008); South Carolina (2017). 
  • The league also had the distinction of providing both national finalists three times in its history in 1996 (Tennessee 83, Georgia 65); 1989 (Tennessee 76, Auburn 60); 2017 (South Carolina 67, Mississippi State 55).
  • SEC teams have won 431 NCAA Tournament games against 229 losses (.653) for an average of 11.3 NCAA wins per year. 
  • In addition, all 14 current members have appeared in the NCAA Tournament.
  • The Southeastern Conference had nine teams earn bids to the 2016 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. This was the most SEC teams to receive bids to the NCAA tournament in conference history and the second time in NCAA history that one conference has sent nine teams to the tournament. The Big East did so in 2011.
  • Until 2004, the SEC was the only conference to ever have eight teams receive NCAA bids. The league has achieved this feat five times, in 1999, 2002, 2012, 2014 and 2017.
  • The SEC was also the first league to ever have seven teams invited to the NCAA Tournament and earned this honor a leading 12 times (1986, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019).

Individual Honors

  • The SEC has had 70 student-athletes named as a First-Team All-America selection. Those 70 have been named a total of 119 times since the 1982-83 season (first year of SEC sponsorship).
  • All-Americans were first named in women's basketball in 1975. Since that time, league schools have had 79 players named first-team a total of 144 times.
  • The SEC has had at least one student-athlete named as a First-Team All-America selection in each of the last 11 seasons. 
  • The league has had seven Honda Sports Awards winners in Katrina McClain, Georgia (1987); Bridgette Gordon, Tennessee (1989); Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee (1997 and 1998); Candace Parker, Tennessee (2007 and 2008) and A'ja Wilson, South Carolina (2018).
  • Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw was named the winner of the Honda-Broderick Cup, as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year, in 1998.
  • Eight Naismith Player of the Year winners have come from the SEC. They include Saudia Roundtree, Georgia (1996), Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee (1998 and 1999), Tamika Catchings, Tennessee (2000), Seimone Augustus, LSU (2005 and 2006), Candace Parker, Tennessee (2008) and A'ja Wilson, South Carolina (2018).
  • Nine NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners and 31 Academic All-Americans hail from the SEC.

Dominance in the Polls

  • Since the SEC began to sponsor women's basketball in 1982, it has failed only three times to place at least four members in each of the final polls (the USA Today/ESPN poll began in 1986). 
  • Last season, the SEC had five in the final Associated Press poll and the final USA Today/WBCA poll.
  • Only six teams have been ranked in every AP Poll for the last four seasons (2016-17 through 2019-20). Two of them are SEC teams; no other league has multiple entries.
  • Twice during the 2016 season the SEC had seven teams ranked in the AP poll. It's the most teams ranked for the league since the week of Dec. 1 in the 2014-15 season. 
  • The SEC is responsible for 81 of the 112 instances where a conference had at least 7 teams ranked in the AP poll. There have also been 10 weeks where a conference had 8 teams ranked with nine of those 10 being the SEC. 
  • In terms of rankings, the SEC has the richest history of any conference in the nation, boasting more poll appearances than any other. 
  • Since the 1982 season, SEC teams have been ranked 713 consecutive weeks in the AP poll. 
  • Since 1982, league teams have been ranked in the AP poll 3,556 times, including 1,691 Top 10 appearances and 865 Top 5 appearances.
  • Overall, the league teams have been ranked 789 consecutive weeks, with teams ranked a total of 4,059 times. The SEC has 1,761 Top 10 appearances and 916 Top Five appearances overall.
  • SEC teams can also boost of 158 No. 1 rankings in the AP Poll.
  • The league has had the top three teams in the AP Poll twice. In week three in 2005 and in week eight in 1989.