October 4, 2022

Title IX: 1993 Women’s Basketball NCAA Runner-Ups


The 1992-93 Ohio State women’s basketball team remains the best in program history after making it all the way to the NCAA Championship game. The ’93 team received the program’s only No. 1 seed, playing in the east regional hosted in Richmond, Va.

Women's Basketball Final Four Celebration 1993

Ohio State defeated Rutgers in the first round, Western Kentucky in the second round, Virginia in the Sweet 16 and Iowa in the Elite Eight to become the first Big Ten team to advance to a Final Four and play in a national championship game. The Buckeyes came up just two points short, 84-82, in the championship game, falling to Texas Tech.

During the 1992-93 season, the Buckeyes accumulated a 28-4 overall record and a 16-2 mark in Big Ten play, earning the program’s seventh Big Ten Championship. The squad also went unbeaten (16-0) at home and strung together win streaks of eight games to start the season and 14 games leading up to the national championship game.

Katie Smith, one of the greatest players to sport the Scarlet & Gray, earned Kodak All-American honors in her rookie season after averaging 18.1 points per game. Smith was also named 1993 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and earned her spot on the All-Big Ten second team. Nikki Keyton and Averrill Roberts were both All-Big Ten First Team selections, while Audrey Burcy was an honorable mention.


Women's Basketball 1993 Team Reunion