Big Ten Conference Women's Basketball Tournament

The Big Ten Conference women's basketball tournament is held annually at the end of the women's college basketball regular season. The tournament has been played each year since 1995. The winner of the tournament is designated the Big Ten Tournament Champion, and receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA women's basketball tournament. The tournament is typically held the first week of March with games played Wednesday thru Sunday.

Big Ten Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
SportCollege basketball
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Number of teams14
FormatSingle-elimination tournament
Current stadiumBankers Life Fieldhouse
Current locationIndianapolis
Played1995–present
Last contest2019
Current championIowa Hawkeyes (3)
Most championshipsPurdue Boilermakers (9)
TV partner(s)Big Ten Network, ESPN
Official websiteBigTen.Org Women's Basketball

The Big Ten did not begin sponsoring women's basketball until the 1982–83 basketball season. In February 1982 during the 1981–82 season, the conference held a tournament at Michigan State in which Ohio State defeated Illinois 69–66 in the championship game. The conference has listed this in some publications as a regular season championship.

Maryland and Rutgers joined the Big Ten Conference for the 2014–2015 season bringing the conference to 14 teams. The 2015 Big Ten Conference Tournament was the first for each school with Maryland winning their first tournament title in their debut season.

The Big Ten Network broadcasts the First Round, Second Round, Quarterfinals and Semifinals of the tournament with the Championship Game on the ESPN family of networks.

Results

Year Champion Score Runner-up Most Outstanding Player Site
1995 Penn State 68–63 Ohio State Missy Masley, Penn State Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
1996 Penn State 71–69 Purdue Angie Potthoff, Penn State Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
1997 Iowa 63–56 Illinois Angela Hamblin, Iowa RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana
1998 Purdue 59–49 Penn State Andrea Garner, Penn State RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana
1999 Purdue 80–76 Illinois Stephanie White, Purdue RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana
2000 Purdue 71–63 Penn State Helen Darling, Penn State Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2001 Iowa 75–70 Purdue Cara Consuegra, Iowa Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2002 Indiana 75–72 Penn State Heather Cassady, Indiana Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2003 Purdue 67–65 Ohio State Shereka Wright, Purdue Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2004 Purdue 59–58 Penn State Shereka Wright, Purdue Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2005 Michigan State 55–49 Minnesota Kristin Haynie, Michigan State Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2006 Ohio State 63–60 Purdue Brandie Hoskins, Ohio State Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2007 Purdue 64–52 Ohio State Katie Gearlds, Purdue Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2008 Purdue 58–56 Illinois FahKara Malone, Purdue Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2009 Ohio State 67–66 Purdue Jantel Lavender, Ohio State Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2010 Ohio State 66–64 Iowa Jantel Lavender, Ohio State Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2011 Ohio State 84–70 Penn State Jantel Lavender, Ohio State Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2012 Purdue 74–70 Nebraska Brittany Rayburn, Purdue Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2013 Purdue 62–47 Michigan State Drey Mingo, Purdue Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
2014 Nebraska 72–65 Iowa Rachel Theriot, Nebraska Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2015 Maryland 77–74 Ohio State Lexie Brown, Maryland Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
2016 Maryland 60–44 Michigan State Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2017 Maryland 74–64 Purdue Brionna Jones, Maryland Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2018 Ohio State 79–69 Maryland Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2019 Iowa 90–76 Maryland Megan Gustafson, Iowa Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2020 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2021 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
2022 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

Championships by school

SchoolBig Ten
Championships
Last
Big Ten
Championship
Illinois 0---
Indiana 12002
Iowa 32019
Maryland 32017
Michigan 0---
Michigan State 12005
Minnesota 0---
Nebraska 12014
Northwestern 0---
Ohio State 52018
Penn State 21996
Purdue 92013
Rutgers 0---
Wisconsin 0---

See also

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