Playing in the SEC
With eight national championships, 10 runner-up finishes, a nation-leading 34 Final Four appearances and 112 first-team All-America honors, the Southeastern Conference stands firmly as the nation's premier intercollegiate women's basketball conference. NCAA Tournament Rich SEC teams lead the nation with 195 NCAA Tournament appearances (46 ahead of the second-place conference), 361 NCAA Tournament game wins (135 more than the nearest league), 34 NCAA Final Four appearances and eight national titles. League teams have earned appearances in 25 of the 31 NCAA Final Fours, an accomplishment unmatched by any other league. The SEC has placed 18 teams in a record 16 NCAA Championship games with the league providing both national finalists in 1996 and 1989. In 1999, the SEC became the first league to have eight teams invited to the NCAA Tournament and repeated the feat in 2002. The league has put more teams in the NCAA Tournament than any other conference 22 times in the 32-year history of the event. All-Americans Abound In the 39 years that All-Americans have been named in women's basketball, SEC schools have had 68 student-athletes named first team a total of 112 times. Since the league began sponsoring women's basketball in 1982-83, 60 SEC student-athletes have earned a total of 87 selections to the All-America first team. Seven Naismith Player of the Year winners have come from the SEC as have six Honda Sports Awards winners. The SEC boasts nine NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners and 29 Academic All-Americans as well. On a World Stage SEC schools have produced 39 United States Olympians since 1976, with 35 coming since the SEC began sponsoring women's basketball in 1982-83, including four on 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. Power in the Polls Since it began sponsoring women's basketball in 1982, the SEC has had at least four members in each of the final polls in all but three seasons. League teams have been ranked 2,842 times,including 1,517 Top-10 appearances and 752 Top-5 showings. SEC teams boast 136 No. 1 rankings in the AP Poll.