SIOUX CITY, IA – Women’s basketball teams received good news in late July that the NAIA Division II National Championships will remain in Sioux City, Iowa through 2020.
According to a release, Sioux City has been host to the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship since 1998, which is the longest active tenure of the 26 NAIA National Championships. The event is contested in the Tyson Events Center and hosted by the City of Sioux City and the Spectra Venue Management. Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) was the most recent champion to be crowned in Sioux City.
Of the 143 NAIA sponsored DII Women’s Basketball programs, 32 will advance to the championship in Sioux City.
The NAIA DII Women’s Basketball National Championship started in 1992 in Monmouth, Oregon where former member, now NSIC-team Northern State (S.D.) captured the first ever title.
After the 2020 tournaments, NAIA basketball divisions will merge into a singular division and there will be NAIA Men’s Basketball and NAIA Women’s Basketball. The merge was approved by membership and the NAIA Council of Presidents during the 2018 NAIA National Convention.