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MOLINE, Ill. – The Missouri Valley Conference announced Thursday it has entered an agreement with the Quad
Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring the MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament to the iWireless Center
through at least 2018. The MVC Presidents Council, following a recommendation of the league’s Joint Committee,
voted to place the tournament in the Quad Cities after considering bids from multiple sites.
The agreement is for three years (March 10-13, 2016; March 9-12, 2017; and March 8-11, 2018), with the
league holding a two-year option for 2019 and 2020.
“The Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament is one of the league’s premier championships
and it’s fi tting that we are partnering with the Quad Cities, a premier destination, and conducting the event at
the iWireless Center, a fi rst class facility,” said Patty Viverito, Senior Associate Commissioner of the Missouri
Valley Conference. “Our teams and fans are going to love all that the Quad Cities area has to offer.”
Starting in 2016, the 10-team event will take place at the iWireless Center, March 10-13. The championship
weekend begins with two opening-round games on Thursday. Four quarterfi nal games will tip-off at noon on
Friday, with the semifi nals on Saturday afternoon and the championship title game on Sunday afternoon. All
nine games will be available on ESPN3.
When the MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament tips off in Quad Cities in 2016, it will mark the ninth consecutive
season in its 34-year history that the event will take place at a neutral site. The Valley will have played its
postseason championship in St. Charles, Mo. – at The Family Arena – for eight-straight seasons, culminating
with the 2015 event from March 12-15. The Missouri Valley Conference is one of only eight conferences where
the women’s basketball championship is played at a neutral site, separate from the men’s championship.
One of the premier women’s basketball leagues in the country, the Missouri Valley Conference has seen an
average of four league teams participate in postseason play in each of the last 10 seasons. The Valley has
earned multiple NCAA Tournament bids in 10 different seasons, with the last two-bid year coming in 2012-13. The league has also had two Final Four teams (Missouri State, in both 1992 and 2001), a WNIT champion (Missouri State, 2005) and three WNIT semifinal appearances (Illinois State, in 2011, 2010 and 2009).
The history of Missouri Valley Conference women’s basketball is filled with notable alumni, including the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer (Jackie Stiles, Missouri State, 1998-2001) and the NCAA’s all-time leader in career rebounding average (Wanda Ford, Drake, 1983-86) – both members of the league’s Hall of Fame. In addition to Stiles and Ford, fi ve other women’s basketball fi gures have been inducted into the MVC’s Hall of Fame, including Melody Howard (Missouri State), Cathy Boswell (Illinois State), Carole Baumgarten (Drake), Lorri Bauman (Drake) and Cheryl Burnett (Missouri State).
“The Quad Cities is pleased to be able to showcase our community by hosting a major sports event like the
Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament,” said Joe Taylor, President/CEO of Quad Cities
Convention & Visitors Bureau. “One of the reasons we are particularly proud to host is that conference representatives
immediately demonstrated an attitude of partnership and appreciation in working with our community. I know the Quad Cities will be a great host for this great event.”
Since opening its doors in May of 1993, the state-of-the-art iWireless Center has continually been recognized
as an outstanding venue for sporting events, concerts or family shows, welcoming over 500,000 guests each
year. The arena has a seating capacity of just over 9,000 for sporting events, and has extensive experience in
hosting college basketball games, NHL and NBA exhibition contests, minor league hockey and arena football
games. The Mid-Continent Conference (now Summit League) held its men’s basketball conference tournament
at the iWireless Center from 1996-99, and the Quad City Thunder basketball team of the Continental Basketball
Associations also played its home games at the arena for six seasons (1993-98).
About the Missouri Valley Conference
The nation’s second-oldest Division I conference, the Missouri Valley Conference continues to be a leader in
college athletics and is one of the nation’s most progressive conferences, celebrating its 108th season in 2014-
15. The league consists of 10 diverse members across fi ve states, which members include Bradley, Drake,
Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana State, Loyola, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois and Wichita
State. Central Arkansas and SIUE are affi liate members in men’s soccer, Dallas Baptist is an affi liate member
for baseball, and Arkansas-Little Rock is an affi liate member in women’s swimming and diving. League members
have worked together to focus on common goals and objectives, putting a high value on league harmony
while continuing to invest in athletic programs to compete at the highest level. The Valley brand remains very
strong, both regionally and nationally, and the great athletic tradition of The Valley remains a compelling force
in recruiting student-athletes and in marketing all the MVC programs.
About Quad Cities
The Quad Cities sits in the center of the Midwest within 300 miles of six major metropolitan areas, including
Chicago, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Omaha and St. Louis. Located along the banks of the Mississippi
River, the Quad Cities consists of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island
in Illinois. With a combined population in excess of 375,000, the extended community brings the excitement
of a big city with all the hospitality of a small town.
There is easy access in and out of the Quad Cities, as the area is well-positioned at the crossroads of major
interstates and highways. Centrally-located to all 10 Missouri Valley Conference schools, the average drive from
an MVC institution is just 241 miles or approximately three hours.
There are 40 colleges and universities within a 90-mile radius of the Quad Cities, with over 47,000 students
enrolled in higher education within the metropolitan area. The Quad Cities also has strong media support, as
well as connections to member-institution’s alumni groups.
Assistant Commissioner for Communications
Missouri Valley Conference