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SEC Women's Basketball Tournament

SEC Women's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
SEC Logo
Sport Basketball
Conference Southeastern Conference
Number of teams 14
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium Rotates – Verizon Arena in 2015
Current location Rotates – North Little Rock, Arkansas in 2015
Played 1980–present
Last contest 2014
Current champion Tennessee
Most championships Tennessee Lady Volunteers (17)
Official website SECSports.com Women's Basketball

The SEC Women's Basketball Tournament (sometimes known simply as the SEC Tournament) is the conference tournament in women's basketball for the Southeastern Conference (SEC). It is a single-elimination tournament that involves all league schools (currently 14), and seeded based on regular season records. The tournament was first held in 1980, and originally determined the conference champion. Even after the SEC began a uniform conference schedule in the 1982–83 season, the tournament continued to determine the official conference champion through the 1985 edition. Starting in the 1985–86 season, the SEC began awarding its official conference championship solely to the team(s) with the best regular-season record.[1] This change brought SEC women's basketball in line with men's basketball, in which the SEC has awarded its official conference title based on regular-season record since the 1950–51 season.[2]

The tournament is a seeded, single-elimination tournament that normally involves all league schools (currently 14 after the addition of two schools in 2012). Seeding is based on regular-season records. Under the current format, the bottom four teams in the conference play first-round games, while the top four teams receive a "double-bye" and do not play until the quarterfinals. The 2013 tournament, the first after the most recent expansion, only had 13 teams participating, with Ole Miss self-imposing a postseason ban.

History

Year Tournament winner Site
1980 Tennessee Stokely Athletic Center, Knoxville, Tennessee
1981 Auburn LSU Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1982 Kentucky Memorial Coliseum, Lexington, Kentucky
1983 Georgia Stokely Athletic Center, Knoxville, Tennessee
1984 Georgia Athens, Georgia
1985 Tennessee Various Campus Sites
1986 Georgia Georgia Coliseum, Athens, Georgia
1987 Auburn Albany, Georgia
1988 Tennessee Albany Civic Center, Albany, Georgia
1989 Tennessee Albany Civic Center, Albany, Georgia
1990 Auburn Albany Civic Center, Albany, Georgia
1991 LSU Albany Civic Center, Albany, Georgia
1992 Tennessee Albany Civic Center, Albany, Georgia
1993 Vanderbilt McKenzie Arena, Chattanooga, Tennessee
1994 Tennessee McKenzie Arena, Chattanooga, Tennessee
1995 Vanderbilt McKenzie Arena, Chattanooga, Tennessee
1996 Tennessee McKenzie Arena, Chattanooga, Tennessee
1997 Auburn McKenzie Arena, Chattanooga, Tennessee
1998 Tennessee Columbus, Georgia
1999 Tennessee McKenzie Arena, Chattanooga, Tennessee
2000 Tennessee McKenzie Arena, Chattanooga, Tennessee
2001 Georgia The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee
2002 Vanderbilt Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville, Tennessee
2003 LSU Alltel Arena, North Little Rock, Arkansas
2004 Vanderbilt Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville, Tennessee
2005 Tennessee Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, South Carolina
2006 Tennessee Alltel Arena, North Little Rock, Arkansas
2007 Vanderbilt Duluth, Georgia
2008 Tennessee Sommet Center, Nashville, Tennessee
2009 Vanderbilt Alltel Arena, North Little Rock, Arkansas
2010 Tennessee Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia
2011 Tennessee Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
2012 Tennessee Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
2013 Texas A&M Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia
2014 Tennessee Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia
2015 Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Arkansas
2016 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida
2018 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
2022 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
2026 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

Championships by School

School Championships Years
Tennessee 17 1980, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
Vanderbilt 6 1993, 1995, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009
Auburn 4 1981, 1987, 1990, 1997
Georgia 4 1983, 1984, 1986, 2001
LSU 2 1991, 2003
Kentucky 1 1982
Texas A&M 1 2013
Alabama 0
Arkansas 0
Florida 0
Ole Miss 0
Mississippi State 0
Missouri 0
South Carolina 0

References

  1. ^ "Championships: SEC Champions" (PDF). 2012–13 SEC Women's Basketball Media Guide. Southeastern Conference. p. 88. Retrieved May 16, 2013. From 1980 to 1985, the SEC champion was the winner of the SEC Tournament. Since 1986, the SEC champion has been determined by the regular season schedule. 
  2. ^ "Through the Years: SEC Champions" (PDF). 2012–13 SEC Men's Basketball Media Guide. Southeastern Conference. p. 67. Retrieved May 16, 2013. Since 1951, when the round-robin schedule was introduced, the title has been decided by a winning percentage on the conference schedule. 
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