Texas Longhorn women’s all-time record in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight

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The Longhorn women’s basketball team has made its way to the Elite Eight 11 times before this postseason. As the Horns head toward their 12th-ever Elite Eight appearance, let’s take a look at the team’s history in this round of the NCAA Tournament.

While Texas has made it to the Elite Eight 11 times, the Longhorns have only seen the court in the Final Four three times before – one of them leading to their 1986 national title.

As of now, Texas is 3-8 in the Elite Eight but maybe Vic Schaefer and this year’s squad can turn the program’s luck around…

1983 women’s NCAA Tournament Elite Eight

Jody Conradt led the Lady Longhorns to their first era of genuine success on the national level and that included taking them to their first Elite Eight appearance in the 1983 NCAA Tournament.

While the Horns would ultimately lose to the top-seeded Louisiana Tech in the Elite Eight game, it was the start of a budding relationship between Texas and the NCAA Tournament.

1984 women’s NCAA Tournament Elite Eight

The next season, Conradt and the Horns would once again find themselves in the Elite Eight where they lost yet again.

And yes, the loss was to Louisiana Tech for the second year in a row.

1986 women’s NCAA Tournament Elite Eight

During the 1986 NCAA Tournament, Texas had everything right. Conradt and the Longhorns easily defeated the Oklahoma Sooners in the Sweet Sixteen to find themselves battling Ole Miss in the Elite Eight.

In a much closer matchup, the Elite Eight game between the Horns and Rebels came down to the last few seconds but Texas was able to walk away with a 66-63 victory.

Texas went on to win its first and only national championship in program history. The Longhorns defeated fellow top-seed USC in the title game.

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1987 women’s NCAA Tournament Elite Eight

For a second year in a row, Texas would find a way to win in the Elite Eight. In a slightly easier matchup, the Horns took down second-seed Rutgers 85-77 to move on to the Final Four.

Texas sadly lost to Louisiana Tech for yet another time and was sent home.

1988 women’s NCAA Tournament Elite Eight

Louisiana Tech would repeat its disruption of Texas’ tournament run in the 1988 Elite Eight. In an overtime thriller, LA Tech walked away victorious and once again sent the Horns home with an 83-80 win.

1989 women’s NCAA Tournament Elite Eight

In the 1989 NCAA Tournament, Texas would only find it as far as the Elite Eight again. 

This time around, the Longhorns fell to the top-seed Maryland Terrapins in a 71-79 loss.

A familiar fate would await the Horns in the next postseason.

1990 women’s NCAA Tournament Elite Eight

LA Tech ruined Texas’ run in the 1990 NCAA Tournament. After the Horns had bypassed Ohio State and NC State in the Second Round and Sweet Sixteen, respectively, they would get held up by the Bulldogs in the Elite Eight.

Louisiana Tech defeated Texas 71-57 in a blowout victory to move on to the Final Four and send Texas home for yet another time.

2003 women’s NCAA Tournament Elite Eight

Texas had a 13-year gap in its Elite Eight appearances. In 2003, the Horns finally made it past the Sweet Sixteen again and found themselves staring down the LSU Tigers. 

The Longhorns stormed past the Tigers with a 78-60 victory.

Texas heartbreakingly lost to UConn in the Final Four by just 2 points.

2016 women’s NCAA Tournament Elite Eight

UConn would become a repeat offender of Texas’ postseason hopes during the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

The Huskies knocked the Longhorns out of the Big Dance with a 21-point victory in the Elite Eight.

2021 women’s NCAA Tournament Elite Eight

After defeating Bradley in the First Round of the 2021 tournament, Texas upset UCLA and Maryland to make its way back to the Elite Eight.

The indomitable South Carolina Gamecocks would end Texas’ shock the world tour by nearly doubling the Longhorns’ total points.

South Carolina defeated Texas 62-34 in the Elite Eight.

2022 women’s NCAA Tournament Elite Eight

Most recently, Texas saw the Elite Eight during the 2022 NCAA Tournament. After handily beating Fairfield and Utah, the Horns eked by Ohio State to punch their return ticket to the Elite Eight.

Yet again, a No. 1 seed would end Texas’ glorious run in the postseason.

The Stanford Cardinal defeated the Longhorns 59-50 to send them home and take a trip to the Final Four in their place.

This year, Texas will face the NC State Wolfpack in the Elite Eight. The matchup is scheduled to tipoff at 2 p.m. CT on ABC. Currently, the Horns are 5.5-point favorites over the Wolfpack.

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