2010 State Farm MVC Women's Basketball Tournament Bracket Announced

Official Release and Bracket

March 7, 2010

ST. LOUIS - Illinois State knew at the end of February that it would be the No. 1 seed in the 2010 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, but it became official Saturday evening when the tournament bracket was unveiled. The MVC Tournament will be held in St. Charles, Mo., March 11-14.

Illinois State won the MVC regular-season championship and will be the top-seed in the MVC Tournament for the third-consecutive season. The Redbirds will face the winner of the No. 8 Indiana State/No. 9 Southern Illinois first round game on Friday, March 12, at 12:05 p.m.

This year's tournament - the third neutral-site event in the conference's history - begins on Thursday, March 11, at The Family Arena in St. Charles. Mo. The top-seed has won the conference tournament in 14 of 24 seasons and a team that has won or shared the regular-season title has gone on to win the tournament title 16 times. Illinois State won the 2008 championship from the No. 1 seed, topping Drake in the title game.

The tournament, which features nine games over four days, culminates on Sunday, March 14, with a nationally televised game on FS Midwest as part of the MVC Television Network at 2:30 p.m. Both semifinals will also air on the MVC Television Network at 5 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 13.

The opening round games on Thursday evening, as well as the four quarterfinal games on Friday will be shown live online as part of a special MVC Tournament package on the league's website. Log on to www.mvc-sports.com for more details.