Summit League women’s basketball championship history

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The Summit League holds an annual women’s basketball tournament with the winner getting an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.

The conference features nine teams: Denver, North DakotaNorth Dakota StateOmaha, Oral Roberts, IPFW, South Dakota, South Dakota State, and Western Illinois.

The Summit League tournament begins March 7 and runs through March 10.

The conference first held a women’s basketball tournament in 1993. The Summit was known as the Mid-Continent Conference from 1989 to 2007.

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Read below for a list of previous champions.

2019: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

South Dakota State’s Macy Miller helped the Jackrabbits to another Summit title. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

South Dakota State won its ninth conference title in 11 years, defeating South Dakota 83-71. Macy Miller became the second player to win three tournament MVPs.

2018: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

South Dakota State defeated South Dakota, 65-50. Macy Miller won a second tournament MVP.

2017: WESTERN ILLINOIS

Western Illinois needed overtime in 2017 to beat IUPUI, 77-69. Emily Clemens was named tournament MVP. IUPUI now plays in the Horizon League.

2016: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

South Dakota State repeated in 2016, defeating South Dakota 61-55. Macy Miller was named tournament MVP.

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2015: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

South Dakota State was back on top in 2015, defeating South Dakota 72-57. Nicole Seekamp, of South Dakota, was named tournament MVP.

2014: SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota briefly halted South Dakota State’s run in 2014. The Coyotes defeated Denver, 82-71. Polly Harrington was named tournament MVP.

2013: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

In 2013, South Dakota State won a fifth-straight Summit League title. They knocked off South Dakota, 56-53. Ashley Eide was named tournament MVP.

2012: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

South Dakota State needed overtime in 2012 to get past UMKC. They won the conference title, 78-77. Jennie Sunnarborg was named tournament MVP.

2011: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

South Dakota State won its third straight title in 2011. They defeated Oakland, 61-54. Kristin Rotert was named tournament MVP.

2010: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

In 2010, South Dakota State needed overtime to beat Oral Roberts. The Jackrabbits won, 79-75. Maria Boever was named tournament MVP.

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2009: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

South Dakota State began nearly a 10-year run as tops in the conference in 2009. The Jackrabbits defeated Oakland, 79-69. Jennifer Warkenthien was named tournament MVP.

2008: ORAL ROBERTS

Oral Roberts won its third title in four years in 2008. They defeated IUPUI, 66-53. Elisha Turek became the first three-time MVP winner.

2007: ORAL ROBERTS

Oral Roberts beat out Oakland, 72-55, in 2007. Elisha Turek won a second tournament MVP award.

2006: OAKLAND

Oakland defeated Western Illinois, 65-56. Anne Hafeli was named tournament MVP.

2005: ORAL ROBERTS

Oral Roberts won its third conference title in 2005. They defeated UMKC, 48-42. Elish Turek was named tournament MVP.

2004: VALPARAISO

Valparaiso repeated in 2004, defeating Oral Roberts 64-63. Leah Cannon, of Oral Roberts, was named tournament MVP.

2003: VALPARAISO

Valparaiso won the title in 2003, defeating Oakland 48-46. Katie Boone was named tournament MVP.

2002: OAKLAND

Oakland won its first conference title in 2002. They defeated Valparaiso, 52-40. Sarah Judd was named tournament MVP.

2001: ORAL ROBERTS

Oral Roberts won the tournament in 2001. They defeated Oakland, 61-46. Krista Ragan won the MVP and became the first multi-MVP winner.

2000: YOUNGSTOWN STATE

Youngstown State defeated Valparaiso, 73-57. Brianne Kenneally was named tournament MVP.

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1999: ORAL ROBERTS

In 1999, Oral Roberts defeated Youngstown State 57-52. They defeated Krista Ragan was named tournament MVP.

1998: YOUNGSTOWN STATE

Youngstown State won its second conference title in 1998. The Penguins defeated Valparaiso, 78-69. Sarrah Stricklett was named tournament MVP.

1997: TROY

Troy won the MCC in 1997. They defeated Youngstown State, 89-75. Samantha Tomlinson was named tournament MVP.

1996: YOUNGSTOWN STATE

In 1996, Youngstown State won its first title. They defeated Buffalo, 53-43. Shannon Beach was named tournament MVP.

1995: WESTERN ILLINOIS

Western Illinois won the Mid-Continent Conference in 1995. They defeated Youngstown State, 73-60. Oberon Pitterson was named MVP.

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1994: GREEN BAY

Green Bay defeated Northern Illinois, 73-70, in 1994. E.C. Hill, of Northern Illinois, was named tournament MVP.

1993: NORTHERN ILLINOIS

Northern Illinois won the first Mid-Continent Conference women’s tournament in 1993. They defeated Green Bay, 75-58. Dawn Schirmacher, of Green Bay, was named MVP.



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