Where's the 'One Shining Moment' for the NCAA's Women?

Where's the 'One Shining Moment' for the NCAA's Women?

NCAA’s annual March Madness is history for 2018. Immortalizing it every year is a tradition. CBS Sports produces a final montage of the greatest moments of the tournament.

You’ll remember everything that happened, thanks to the end montage. Set to David Barrett’s ‘One Shining Moment,’ sung by Ne-Yo since 2016, the music carries the tournament to its climactic conclusion, reliving the tournament’s brightest moments… Loyola-Chicago. Sister Jean. Michigan. Villanova cutting down the nets.

Awesome, right? As triumphant as the Men’s Tournament was, there’s still no such fanfare for the Women’s NCAA Tournament.

This video is all you get from NCAA.com:

NCAA.com Notre Dame highlights

No music. No triumph. C’mon NCAA!

Something’s not fair. Especially for moments like this one, courtesy of SB Nation:

Arike Ogunbowale’s 3-pointer in the final second — and it will go down as the greatest last-second shot in championship game history even if there was still one-tenth of a second left on the clock — lifted Notre Dame to a 61-58 win against Mississippi State and the biggest comeback in championship game history.

The true dramatics of the Women’s NCAA came in the Final Four, as perennial maids-of-honor of the Women’s NCAA tournament (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015) knocked out UConn, who’d been perfect on the season until the semifinals. If that weren’t dramatic enough, the Lady Irish were down by 15 in the second half of the championship game.

This isn’t the first time the NCAA has sold women short.

Women had to wait 43 years for the NCAA to create a Women’s Tournament. Men started in 1939. The Women’s Championship was inaugurated in the 1981–82 season.

It was hard enough to get any tournament at all. The first 10 tournaments were presented as the AIAW Women’s Basketball Tournament, which was held annually from 1972 to 1982. The first one, in 1972, was immortalized in the 2011 movie ‘The Mighty Macs’.

It’s been 45+ years since Title IX. Isn’t it time for a ‘Shining Moment’ in the Women’s Tournament?

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