The Big East Conference holds an annual women’s basketball tournament with the winner getting an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The women’s tournament begins March 6 and runs through March 9.
The Big East Conference was formed in 1979. However, the conference split in 2013 with the non-football playing schools retaining the Big East championship and history, among other things. The football-playing schools formed their own conference – the American Athletic Conference – which is the original conference’s legal successor.
The women’s tournament began in 1983.
Read below for a list of past champions.
DePaul won its third consecutive Big East title in 2020. The Blue Demons defeated Marquette, 88-74. Lexi Held was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.
DePaul repeated in 2019, defeating Marquette 74-73. Chante Stonewall was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
DePaul won the Big East in 2018. They defeated Marquette, 98-63. Amrah Coleman was named Most Outstanding Player.
Marquette won its first Big East title in 2017. The Golden Eagles beat DePaul, 86-78. Amani Wilborn was named tournament MOP.
2016: ST. JOHN’S
In 2016, St. John’s would be back on top of the conference. The Red Storm beat Creighton 50-37. Aliyyah Hanford was named MOP.
DePaul repeated as champions in 2015. They defeated Seton Hall, 78-68. Megan Podkowa was named tournament MOP.
DePaul defeated St. John’s 66-57. Jasmine Penny was named MOP.
2013: NOTRE DAME
Notre Dame won the Big East title in 2013, 61-59, over Connecticut. Kayla McBride was named MOP.
Connecticut won its final Big East title before moving to the AAC in 2012. They beat Notre Dame, 63-54. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was named Most Outstanding Player.
Connecticut won its 17th Big East title in 2011, beating Notre Dame 73-64. Maya Moore won a second MOP award.
Connecticut knocked down West Virginia, 60-32, in 2010. Kalana Greene was named tournament MOP.
Connecticut beat Louisville again in 2009, 73-36. Maya Moore won the Most Outstanding Player award.
Connecticut started another great Big East title streak in 2008. The Huskies defeated Louisville, 65-59. Charde Houston was named tournament MOP.
Rutgers won its first Big East title in 2007 after multiple tries. They defeated Connecticut, 55-47. Matee Ajavon was named tournament MOP.
Connecticut defeated West Virginia in 2006. They won, 50-44. Ann Strother won the MOP award.
Connecticut got back the Big East title in 2005, defeating Rutgers 67-51. Barbara Turner was named tournament MOP.
2004: BOSTON COLLEGE
Boston College defeated Rutgers, 75-57. Jessalyn Deveny was named MOP.
Villanova won its third Big East title in 2003. They knocked off Connecticut, 52-48. Trish Juhline was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Connecticut won its ninth straight Big East title in 2002, defeating Boston College 96-54. Asjha Jones was named MOP.
Connecticut beat Notre Dame, 78-76, in 2001. Diana Taurasi was named MOP.
Connecticut defeated Rutgers, 79-59, in 2000. Tamika Williams won tournament MOP.
Connecticut defeated Notre Dame, 96-75, in 1999. Shea Ralph took home the MOP hardware.
Connecticut defeated Rutgers, 67-58, in 1998. Rita Williams won the MOP award.
Connecticut defeated Notre Dame, 86-77, in 1997. Nykesha Sales was named MOP.
Connecticut defeated Notre Dame, 71-54, in 1996. Kara Wolters won a second straight tournament MOP award.
Connecticut defeated Seton Hall, 85-49, in 1995. Kara Wolters won tournament MOP.
Connecticut started its reign of supremacy in 1994. The Huskies defeated Seton Hall, 77-51. Future WNBA great Rebecca Lobo won the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Miami repeated as champions in 1993. The Hurricanes defeated Providence, 77-56. Vicki Plowden was named tournament MVP.
In 1992, Miami defeated Connecticut 56-47. Frances Savage was named MVP.
Connecticut won its second title in three years in 1991. The Huskies defeated Providence, 79-74. Meghan Pattyson was named tournament MVP.
Providence won its first conference title in 1990. The Friars defeated Connecticut, 82-61. Andrea Bangum was named tournament MVP.
Connecticut won its first Big East title in 1989. They defeated Providence, 84-65. Kerry Bascom was named tournament MVP.
1988: ST. JOHN’S
St. John’s needed double overtime in 1988 to defeat Syracuse, 74-72. Sabrina Johnson was named tournament MVP.
Villanova repeated as champions in 1987. They knocked off Boston College, 60-45. Shelly Pennefather won a second tournament MVP.
Villanova beat Providence, 71-60. Shelly Pennefather was named tournament MVP.
In 1985, Syracuse won the Big East. The Orange defeated Villanova, 57-56. Janice Long was named tournament MVP.
1984: ST. JOHN’S
St. John’s repeated as conference champs in 1984. They defeated Seton Hall, 66-46. Anne Marie McNamee won the MVP.
1983: ST. JOHN’S
St. John’s won the first Big East Tournament in 1983. They defeated Providence, 74-63. Debbie Beckford was named tournament MVP.