As teams compete for the Missouri Valley Conference women’s basketball championship and the league’s automatic berth in the NCAA tourney, fans can enjoy more than a game during Hoops in the Heartland in the Quad-Cities.

At the arena

Beyond basketball, fans are encouraged to participate in a number of activities at the TaxSlayer Center throughout the tournament:

Thursday-Sunday: Half-price admission at $5 for kids eighth grade and younger when they wear their favorite team shirt, jersey or sweatshirt

Thursday: $2 beers

Friday: MVC basketball bingo prize giveaways

Saturday: Fan Zone activities with inflatables, interactive games for kids and fans of all ages; $1 popcorn

Sunday: Fan Zone activities with inflatables, interactive games for kids and fans of all ages

Pregame, postgame

Downtown Moline establishments will be a meeting place for fans of Missouri Valley teams before and after tournament games. All are within walking distance of the TaxSlayer Center.

Here’s a breakdown:

Bradley: TaxSlayer Center Green Tree Brewery Lounge

Drake: River House Bar & Grill

Evansville: Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

Illinois State: Union 525

Indiana State: Barrel House

Loyola: River House Bar & Grill

Missouri State: Bier Stube

Northern Iowa: Backwater Jacks at the Stoney Creek Hotel

Southern Illinois: TGI Friday’s at the Radisson

Valparaiso: Bent River Brewing Company

Get in the door

Tickets for all Missouri Valley Conference tourney games will be available at the TaxSlayer Center box office on game days, priced at $10 and $16 depending on seat location. A $60 reserved seat all-session ticket is also available.

Parking at the TaxSlayer Center is free.



Champions of the MVC women’s basketball tourney, first held in 1983 and annually since 1987, hosted first at campus sites, then at St. Charles, Mo., from 2008-15 before moving to the Quad-Cities:


1983;Illinois State

1987;Southern Illinois

1988;Eastern Illinois

1989;Illinois State

1990;Southern Illinois

1991;Missouri State

1992;Missouri State

1993;Missouri State

1994;Missouri State


1996;Missouri State





2001;Missouri State


2003;Missouri State

2004;Missouri State

2005;Illinois State

2006;Missouri State


2008;Illinois State


2010;Northern Iowa

2011;Northern Iowa


2013;Wichita State

2014;Wichita State

2015;Wichita State

2016;Missouri State


Launching pad

Here’s a look at how teams fared, by seed, since the Missouri Valley tourney expanded to 10 teams in 2006:

Seed;W-L;Best result

1;22-7;Champ ’08, ’11, ’13, ’15, ’17

2;13-11;Champ ’14

3;14-11;Champ ’16

4;10-11;Champ ’12

5;7-11;Champ ’10

6;5-12;Runner-up ’07

7;16-11;Champ ’06

8;8-11;Champ ’07

9;10-11;Champ ’09

10;3-12;Quarterfinal ’09, ’13