Sun Belt Conference Women's Basketball Tournament

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Sun Belt Women's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
Sport Basketball
Conference Sun Belt Conference
Number of teams 8
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium Lakefront Arena
Current location New Orleans, Louisiana
Played 1983–present
Current champion Little Rock
Most championships Western Kentucky (8)
Official website SunBeltSports.org Women's Basketball

The Sun Belt Conference Women's Basketball Tournament has been played every year since the 1982-83 academic year. The winner of the tournament is guaranteed an automatic berth into the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship.

In 2007, the Sun Belt received an at-large berth, as Louisiana–Lafayette (regular season champ of the West Division) received an invite to the national tournament despite losing in the conference tournament final. The following year, the Sun Belt received an at-large berth again, as Middle Tennessee State received an invite to the national tournament. In 2010, it happened again, as Little Rock received an at-large bid, having entered the conference tourney as a #1 seed, before losing to Middle Tennessee in double overtime.

Basketball champions by year

Season Tournament Champion Score Runner-Up Game Site
1983 Old Dominion 78-67 Western Kentucky Old Dominion University Fieldhouse; Norfolk, Virginia
1984 Old Dominion 78-69 South Alabama
1985 Old Dominion 76-63 Western Kentucky
1986 Western Kentucky 69-61 Old Dominion E. A. Diddle Arena; Bowling Green, Kentucky
1987 Old Dominion 64-61 South Alabama ODU Fieldhouse
1988 UNC Charlotte 74-69 VCU USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida
1989 Western Kentucky 67-54 South Alabama E.A. Diddle Arena; Bowling Green, Kentucky
1990 Old Dominion 72-57 UAB ODU Fieldhouse
1991 Western Kentucky 81-73 UAB UAB Arena; Birmingham, Alabama
1992 Western Kentucky 65-62 Arkansas State E.A. Diddle Arena; Bowling Green, Kentucky
1993 Western Kentucky 81-73 Louisiana Tech Thomas Assembly Center; Ruston, Louisiana
1994 Louisiana Tech 68-43 Western Kentucky E. A. Diddle Arena; Bowling Green, Kentucky
1995 Western Kentucky 71-68 Louisiana Tech
1996 Louisiana Tech 71-53 Western Kentucky Convocation Center; Jonesboro, Arkansas
1997 Louisiana Tech 80-68 Western Kentucky E. A. Diddle Arena; Bowling Green, Kentucky
1998 Louisiana Tech 69-68 Western Kentucky Thomas Assembly Center; Ruston, Louisiana
1999 Louisiana Tech 84-60 FIU Convocation Center; Jonesboro, Arkansas
2000 Louisiana Tech 97-94 Western Kentucky E.A. Diddle Arena, Bowling Green, Kentucky
2001 Louisiana Tech 67-55 Denver Mitchell Center; Mobile, AL
2002 FIU 66-49 North Texas Lakefront Arena; New Orleans, Louisiana
2003 Western Kentucky 86-83 Middle Tennessee E.A. Diddle Arena, Bowling Green, Kentucky
2004 Middle Tennessee 79-57 Western Kentucky
2005 Middle Tennessee 67-52 Louisiana-Lafayette UNT Coliseum, Denton, Texas
2006 Middle Tennessee 84-73 Western Kentucky Murphy Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2007 Middle Tennessee 77-67 Louisiana-Lafayette first round at campus sites; rest at Cajundome, Lafayette, Louisiana
2008 Western Kentucky 65-49 Middle Tennessee first round games at higher seed; rest at Mitchell Center, Mobile, Alabama
2009 Middle Tennessee 74-54 UALR Summit Arena, Hot Springs, Arkansas
2010 Middle Tennessee 70-68 (OT) UALR
2011 UALR 66-59 Western Kentucky
2012 UALR 71-70 (OT) Middle Tennessee
2013 Middle Tennessee 53-48 UALR
2014 Western Kentucky 61-60 Arkansas State Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
2015 UALR 78-72 Arkansas State
2016 Troy 61-60 (OT) Little Rock
2017 Troy 78–64 Louisiana
2018 Little Rock 54–53 Texas State

Performance By School

Member Winners Winning Years
Western Kentucky
9
1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2003, 2008, 2014
Louisiana Tech
7
1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
Middle Tennessee
7
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013
Old Dominion
5
1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1990
Little Rock
4
2011, 2012, 2015, 2018
Troy
2
2016, 2017
FIU
1
2002
Charlotte
1
1988
TOTAL
35
  • Teams in bold represent current conference members

References

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