The America East Conference holds an annual women’s basketball tournament with the winner getting an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The conference women’s basketball tournament begins March 4 and runs through March 13.
The conference began holding women’s basketball tournaments in 1985. The conference was first named the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference North and then the North Atlantic Conference before being renamed the America East Conference.
Read on for a list of past America East Conference champions.
Maine won its ninth America East title in 2019. The Black Bears defeated Hartford, 68-48. Blanca Millan won a second straight MOP.
In 2018, Maine defeated Hartford 74-65. Blanca Millan was named tournament MOP.
In 2017, Albany won its sixth America East title. The Great Danes defeated Maine, 65-50. Imani Tate was named tournament MOP.
Albany edged out Maine, 58-58, in 2016. Shereesha Richards won her third Most Outstanding Player award.
Albany defeated Hartford, 84-75, in 2015. Shereesha Richards won a second consecutive MOP.
Albany won a third straight title in 2014. The Great Danes defeated Stony Brook, 70-46. Shereesha Richards was named MOP.
Albany defeated Hartford, 61-52. Megan Craig was named Most Outstanding Player.
Albany started its brief reign of dominance in the America East in 2012. The Great Danes started with a win over UMBC, 69-61. Ebone Henry was named MOP.
In 2011, Hartford won the America East. The Hawks defeated Boston, 65-53. Alex Hall was named tournament MVP.
Vermont repeated as champions in 2010. The Catamounts defeated Hartford, 55-50. Courtnay Pilypaitis won a second MOP award.
Vermont defeated Boston, 74-66, in 2009. Courtnay Pilypaitis was named MOP.
Hartford won the third title in four years in 2008. They defeated Boston, 61-45. Lisa Etienne was named MOP.
In 2007, UMBC won its first America East title. They defeated Hartford, 48-46. Amanda Robinson was named Most Outstanding Player.
Hartford repeated as champions in 2006. They defeated Boston, 75-56. Erika Messam won a second consecutive MOP award.
Hartford won the conference title in 2005. They defeated Boston, 52-50. Erika Messam was named MOP.
In 2004, Maine defeated Boston 68-43. Heather Ernest was named MOP.
Boston won its third conference title in 2003. They defeated Maine, 69-65. Katie Terhune was named Most Outstanding Player.
In 2002, Hartford defeated Stony Brook 60-57. Kenitra Johnson was named Most Outstanding Player.
Delaware won its first conference title in 2001. The Blue Hens defeated Vermont, 69-64. Cindy Johnson was named tournament MOP.
Vermont won its first title since 1994. In 2000, the Catamounts defeated Maine 77-50. Karalyn Church was named MOP.
In 1999, Northeastern ended Maine’s streak 57-55. Tesha Tinsley was named Most Outstanding Player.
Maine won a fourth straight title and Cindy Blodgett took home a fourth MOP. They defeated Vermont 81-80.
In 1997, Maine knocked off Vermont again. They defeated the Catamounts 92-70. Cindy Blodgett was dominant enough to win another MOP.
Maine defeated Vermont in 1996, 88-55. Cindy Blodgett won a second straight Most Outstanding Player award.
Maine won the conference title in 1995. They defeated Northeastern, 70-59. Cindy Blodgett won her first MOP award.
In 1994, Vermont edged Northeastern 53-51. Sheri Turnbull was named tournament MOP.
Vermont won a second consecutive title in 1993. They defeated Maine, 62-45. Sharon Bay won a second Most Outstanding Player award.
Vermont began a brief run through the North Atlantic Conference in 1992. The Catamounts defeated Maine, 70-50. Sharon Bay was named MOP.
Maine repeated as champions in 1991. They defeated Vermont, 79-64. Rachel Bouchard was named tournament MOP.
Maine won its first conference title in 1990. They defeated Boston, 64-54. Rachel Bouchard was named Most Outstanding Player.
Boston repeated as champions in 1989, defeating Northeastern 60-54.
In 1988, Boston ended Northeastern’s run. They defeated Maine, 66-62.
In 1987, Northeastern three-peated as champions. They defeated Maine, 55-48.
Northeastern repeated as champions in 1986. They defeated Boston, 62-55.
Northeastern won the first conference championship in 1985 when the America East was known as the ECAC North. They defeated Maine, 73-59.