Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
The Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, currently promoted as Hoops in the Heartland, is an annual basketball tournament which features the women's basketball teams of each of the Missouri Valley Conference member universities. The tournament determines which MVC team receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament.
|Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament|
|Conference Basketball Championship|
|Conference||Missouri Valley Conference|
|Number of teams||10|
|Current stadium||TaxSlayer Center|
|Current location||Moline, Illinois|
|Played||1983, 1987–1992 (as Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament)|
1993–present (as MVC Tournament)
|Current champion||Missouri State Lady Bears|
|Most championships||Missouri State Lady Bears (11)|
|Official website||MVC-Sports.com Women's Basketball|
First held at the end of the 1982–83 basketball season, the tournament was originally conducted by the Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference, a women's sports conference formed in that school year by six MVC members plus four members of what is now known as the Summit League. In 1985, the Gateway took on football as its only men's sport. Following the 1991–92 school year, the MVC absorbed the women's side of the Gateway (which by that time had eight MVC members) and spun off its football side into what is now the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The MVC maintains all historic records of Gateway women's sports.
Tournament champions by year
- Became Missouri State effective with the 2005–06 school year.
Tournament championships by school
|School||# of Tournament Championships||Last Tournament Championship|
- †Former member of the MVC
- "WBB Tournament Championship: Drake 75, UNI 63". Missouri Valley Conference. March 11, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
- "Lady Bears Capture 11th MVC Tourney Title with 94-79 Win Over No. 21 Drake". Missouri Valley Conference. March 17, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2019.