Hours before the scheduled start of the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament in Moline, Illinois, there’s word the event has been cancelled, joining other sporting events around the country due to the coronavirus.

The Missouri State Lady Bears had been seeded first in the tournament, and many fans were likely already en route to Moline.

Here’s the news release from the Valley:

The Missouri Valley Conference announced today that it has canceled the MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament scheduled to begin today at TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Ill.  In addition, the MVC has announced that all Conference spring sports contests have been suspended through March 30, effective immediately.

This does not apply to teams and individuals in NCAA competition.

The main priority of the Conference continues to be the well-being and safety of its student-athletes, administrators, coaches, media and fans.  The league and its institutions will continue to work closely with local governments and health departments in monitoring the COVID-19 situation internationally and domestically.

Additional details regarding the spring sports season and league championships will be provided at a later date.

All tickets for the MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament will be refunded at the original point of purchase.

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