Big Sky Conference Women's Basketball Tournament

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Big Sky Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
Sport Basketball
Conference Big Sky Conference
Number of teams 12 (since 2016)
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium Reno Events Center
Current location Reno, Nevada
Played 1983–1988 (as MWAC Tournament)
1989–present (as Big Sky Tournament)
Last contest 2017
Current champion Montana State
Most championships Montana (21)
Official website BigSkyConf.com Women's Basketball
Host stadiums
Campus sites (1983–2015)
Reno Events Center (2016–present)
Host locations
Campus sites (1983–2015)
Reno, Nevada (2016–present)

The Big Sky Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament is held at the end of each women's college basketball regular season. The tournament was first conducted by the Big Sky Conference at the end of the 1988–89 season, the first in which the conference sponsored women's sports. However, the Big Sky claims the history of the Mountain West Athletic Conference (not to be confused with today's Mountain West Conference), a women's athletic league consisting mostly of Big Sky members that operated from 1982 to 1988. The tournament can thus trace its history to 1983. The winner of the tournament receives The Big Sky's automatic bid into the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship.

Prior to the 1982–83 season, Big Sky members that had women's basketball programs housed them in several different conferences. The formation of the MWAC brought the women's sports programs of all Big Sky members under a single umbrella, and the Big Sky ultimately absorbed the MWAC in 1988, incorporating all MWAC statistics and records as its own. From the tournament's inception through the 2015 edition, each matchup was contested on the home court of the higher seed, a practice also used by the Big Sky men's tournament. The 2016 men's and women's tournaments were the first to be held at a predetermined neutral site, with both held at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada.

Starting in 1986, an MVP was selected at the conclusion of the championship game. In 1989 (the first tournament under the Big Sky name), the conference added All-Conference Team honors, in addition to the MVP.

Tournament Champions[edit]

Mountain West Athletic Conference[edit]

Year Champion Runner-Up Location
1983 Montana Weber State Missoula, Montana
1984 Montana Eastern Washington Missoula, Montana
1985 Idaho Montana Moscow, Idaho
1986 Montana Eastern Washington Missoula, Montana
1987 Eastern Washington Montana Missoula, Montana
1988 Montana Eastern Washington Missoula, Montana

Big Sky Conference[edit]

Year Champion Runner-Up Location
1989 Montana Idaho Missoula, Montana
1990 Montana Idaho Missoula, Montana
1991 Montana Montana State Missoula, Montana
1992 Montana Boise State Boise, Idaho
1993 Montana State Montana Bozeman, Montana
1994 Montana Boise State Missoula, Montana
1995 Montana Montana State Missoula, Montana
1996 Montana Weber State Missoula, Montana
1997 Montana Montana State Missoula, Montana
1998 Montana Northern Arizona Missoula, Montana
1999 Cal State Northridge Portland State Northridge, California
2000 Montana Cal State Northridge Missoula, Montana
2001 Idaho State Montana Pocatello, Idaho
2002 Weber State Montana State Ogden, Utah
2003 Weber State Montana State Ogden, Utah
2004 Montana Idaho State Missoula, Montana
2005 Montana Weber State Missoula, Montana
2006 Northern Arizona Weber State Pocatello, Idaho
2007 Idaho State Northern Arizona Missoula, Montana
2008 Montana Montana State Missoula, Montana
2009 Montana Portland State Missoula, Montana
2010 Portland State Montana State Cheney, Washington
2011 Montana Portland State Portland, Oregon
2012 Idaho State Northern Colorado Pocatello, Idaho
2013 Montana Northern Colorado Missoula, Montana
2014 North Dakota Montana Grand Forks, North Dakota
2015 Montana Northern Colorado Missoula, Montana
2016 Idaho Idaho State Reno, Nevada
2017 Montana State Idaho State Reno, Nevada

Performance by school[edit]

Member Winners Winning Years
Montana
21
1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
Idaho State
3
2001, 2007, 2012
Montana State
2
1993, 2017
Idaho
2
1985, 2016
Weber State
2
2002, 2003
Eastern Washington
1
1987
North Dakota
1
2014
Northern Arizona
1
2006
Portland State
1
2010
Cal State Northridge¹
1
1999
TOTAL
35

¹no longer a conference member

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