Oct. 22, 2009

The 2009-10 ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN360.com and ESPN FULL COURT women’s college basketball schedule will feature approximately 250 telecasts - the most ever on the ESPN networks, including the entire NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.  Highlights of ESPN’s 31st season of women’s college basketball coverage include:

 

  • For the 17th consecutive season, the State Farm Tip-Off Classic will commence ESPN’s coverage of the sport. This year’s matchup will feature Baylor at Tennessee on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
  • ESPNU Road to the Championship, a women’s basketball doubleheader created by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), will be played on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, home of the 2010 Women’s Final Four.  National powers Connecticut, Tennessee, Texas and Texas Tech will take part in the doubleheader televised by ESPNU and ESPN2 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., respectively. This will be part of ESPN’s second annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.
  • Entering its fourth season, ESPN2’s Big Monday presented by Bud Light prime-time Game of the Week series will include 11 games (up from eight) throughout January and February, featuring the best programs in Division I women’s basketball. The series will begin on Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. with an ACC matchup featuring Maryland at Virginia.  New to this year’s schedule is the addition of Big Monday doubleheaders on Feb. 8, Feb. 15 and Feb. 22.  The games will generally air during the 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. windows.
  • The 2009 Jimmy V Women’s Basketball Classic on December 7 will be held at Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J. for the fourth consecutive year and will feature Florida vs. Rutgers in a showdown at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. 
  • ESPN’s weekly College GameDay Driven by State Farm® college basketball series and the Saturday Primetime game-of-the-week telecast -- returning for a sixth consecutive season – will begin Saturday, January 16, 2010 from Storrs, Conn. for the women’s BIG EAST showdown between Notre Dame and defending National Champion Connecticut.  It will mark the first time the show has originated from a women’s game.  Two one-hour segments of the show will air at 10 a.m. and at 8 p.m.  The game will air on ESPN at 9 p.m.
  • February Frenzy returns on Valentine’s Day Sunday, Feb. 14, as ESPN2 showcases six regionalized games within two telecast windows. For a third year in a row, ESPN will support the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation, during its annual “February Frenzy” women's college basketball games.  The full national ESPNU women’s game featuring Kentucky at Vanderbilt at 6 p.m. on Feb. 14 will also be part of the “Frenzy,” as will Big Monday doubleheader on Feb. 15 showcasing North Carolina at Virginia at 7 p.m. and Connecticut at Oklahoma at 9 p.m.
  • As part of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360.com’s week-long men’s and women’s Championship Week presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, the networks will combine to present 13 women’s conference championships, including every game from the quarterfinals through the championship for the BIG EAST, plus the SEC Semifinals and SEC Championship. Other women’s championships: Big Ten, Atlantic 10, Summit League, Sun Belt, NEC, Horizon League, West Coast Conference, WAC, MEAC, SWAC and SIAC.
  • Overall, the ESPN networks will showcase more than 130 regular-season games, over 40 conference tournament matchups, the Division II Women’s Basketball Semifinals and Championship, and all 63 NCAA Division I Championship contests.  Additionally, ESPN will continue to present the exclusive live announcement of the 64-team NCAA Tournament field as part of Selection Monday, Mar. 15, at 7 p.m., with ESPNU offering bonus coverage with an additional hour of NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special: Extended Coverage from 8–9 p.m.
  • ESPNU will televise 54 games, including 37 regular-season contests (up from 31), 17 conference championship matchups and the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship Semifinals.  In addition, the 24-hour college sports network cover the Fourth Annual Maggie Dixon Classic on Sunday, Dec. 13, from Madison Square Garden. The doubleheader will showcase Baylor vs. Boston College at 1 p.m., followed by Rutgers vs. Tennessee at 3 p.m.  The schedule will also be highlighted by a BIG EAST and SEC game-of-the-week most Sunday afternoons during January and February.
  • ESPN360.com will simulcast every game on ESPN and ESPN2 and will offer complete telecasts of every NCAA Women’s Tournament game.

NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship:

 

All 63 NCAA Tournament Games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN360.com & ESPN FULL COURT

For the eighth consecutive year, the ESPN networks will combine to present all 63 games from the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. During the first two rounds, ESPN and ESPN2 will present the 48 games within 12 telecast windows in a whip-around format with home market protection. ESPN FULL COURT, the out-of-market pay-per-view package, will offer every first- and second-round game in its entirety as a supplement to ESPN and ESPN2’s coverage.  ESPN360.com will offer complete game telecasts of all 63 games, while ESPNU will offer select ESPN and ESPN2 early-round games in their entirety.  The final 15 games (regional semifinals on) will have national telecast windows on ESPN or ESPN2.  The complete schedule will be announced on a later date.

 

ESPN Networks 2009-10 Women’s Basketball Regular-Season Schedule

(Schedule subject to change – all games live, unless noted)

 

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Sun, Nov 15

5 p.m.

State Farm Tip-Off Classic:

Baylor at Tennessee

ESPN2

Tue, Nov. 17

7 p.m.

ESPNU Road to the Championship:

Tennessee vs. Texas Tech

ESPNU

 

9:30 p.m.

ESPNU Road to the Championship:

Connecticut vs. Texas

ESPN2

Sun, Dec 6

7 p.m.

Texas at Tennessee

ESPN2

Mon, Dec 7

7 p.m.

Jimmy V Women’s Classic:

Florida at Rutgers

ESPN2

Sun, Dec 13

1 p.m.

Maggie Dixon Classic:

Baylor vs. Boston College

ESPNU

 

3 p.m.

Maggie Dixon Classic:

Rutgers vs. Tennessee

ESPNU

Wed, Dec 23

5:30 p.m.

Stanford at Connecticut

ESPN2

Sat, Jan 2

6:30 p.m.

Austin Peay at Morehead State

ESPNU

Sun, Jan 3

6 p.m.

LSU at South Carolina

ESPNU

 

7 p.m.

Oklahoma at Tennessee

ESPN2

Mon, Jan 4

7 p.m.

Notre Dame at Purdue

ESPN2

Sun, Jan 10

1 p.m.

Rutgers at Pittsburgh

ESPNU

 

3 p.m.

Temple at Xavier

ESPN2

 

5 p.m.

Southern Miss. at Marshall

ESPN2

 

6 p.m.

Florida at Georgia

ESPNU

Mon, Jan 11

4:30 p.m.

Morgan State at Hampton

ESPNU

 

7:30 p.m.

Big Monday: Maryland at Virginia

ESPN2

Tue, Jan 12

12 p.m.

Oklahoma State at Kansas

ESPNU

Fri, Jan 15

4:30 p.m.

Manhattan at Loyola

ESPNU

Sat, Jan 16

9 p.m.

Notre Dame at Connecticut

ESPN

Sun, Jan 17

4 p.m.

West Virginia at Pittsburgh

ESPNU

 

5 p.m.

UAB at Central Florida

ESPN2

 

6 p.m.

Vanderbilt at Tennessee

ESPNU

Mon, Jan 18

7 p.m.

Big Monday: Connecticut at Duke

ESPN2

Sun, Jan 24

1 p.m.

West Virginia at Notre Dame

ESPNU

 

3 p.m.

Michigan State at Minnesota

ESPN2

 

6 p.m.

Tennessee at LSU

ESPNU

Mon, Jan 25

4:30 p.m.

Delaware State at Coppin State

ESPNU

 

7 p.m.

Big Monday: Ohio State at Purdue

ESPN2

Tue, Jan 26

11 p.m.

Louisiana Tech at Nevada

ESPNU

Wed, Jan 27

11 p.m.

Boise State at Fresno State

ESPNU

Fri, Jan 29

4:30 p.m.

Marist at Canisius

ESPNU

Sun, Jan 31

3 p.m.

Purdue at Iowa

ESPN2

 

4 p.m.

Marquette at DePaul

ESPNU

 

5 p.m.

Baylor at Texas

ESPN2

 

6 p.m.

Georgia at Auburn

ESPNU

Mon, Feb 1

4:30 p.m.

Prairie View A&M at Alabama State

ESPNU

 

7:30 p.m.

Big Monday: Notre Dame at Rutgers

ESPN2

Thu, Feb 4

9 p.m.

Alabama at Mississippi State

ESPNU

Sun, Feb 7

12 p.m.

Connecticut at Louisville

ESPNU

 

2 p.m.

Texas Tech at Texas

ESPNU

 

4 p.m.

Richmond at Xavier

ESPNU

Mon, Feb 8

4:30 p.m.

Maryland-Eastern Shore at North Carolina A&T

ESPNU

 

7 p.m.

Big Monday: North Carolina at Duke

ESPN2

 

9 p.m.

Big Monday: Tennessee at Vanderbilt

ESPN2

Sat, Feb 13

6 p.m.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Wisconsin-Green Bay

ESPNU

Sun, Feb 14

1 p.m.

Georgetown at West Virginia

ESPNU

 

3 p.m.

**February Frenzy: Houston at SMU; Arkansas at South Carolina; DePaul at Notre Dame

ESPN2

 

5:30 p.m.

**February Frenzy: Louisville at Pittsburgh; Mississippi at Mississippi State; Miami (Fla.) at North Carolina State

ESPN2

 

6 p.m.

Kentucky at Vanderbilt

ESPNU

Mon, Feb 15

7 p.m.

Big Monday: North Carolina at Virginia

ESPN2

 

9 p.m.

Big Monday: Connecticut at Oklahoma

ESPN2

Sun, Feb 21

1 p.m.

Syracuse at Rutgers

ESPNU

 

3 p.m.

Michigan State at Ohio State

ESPN2

 

5 p.m.

SEC Wildcard

ESPN2

 

6 p.m.

Kansas at Texas Tech

ESPNU

 

8 p.m.

Creighton at Northern Iowa

ESPNU

Mon, Feb 22

7 p.m.

Big Monday: LSU at Tennessee

ESPN2

 

9 p.m.

Big Monday: Baylor at Texas A&M

ESPN2

Fri, Feb 26

4:30 p.m.

Siena at Rider

ESPNU

Sun, Feb 28

3 p.m.

Florida State at Maryland

ESPN2

 

5 p.m.

Kansas at Baylor

ESPN2

 

6 p.m.

Mississippi at Tennessee

ESPNU

Mon, Mar 1

4:30 p.m.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Jackson State

ESPNU

 

7 p.m.

Big Monday: Connecticut at Notre Dame

ESPN2

Wed, Mar 3

11 p.m.

Louisiana Tech at Idaho

ESPNU

            +All ESPN and ESPN2 games will be available on ESPN360.com

 

- 2010 CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK SCHEDULE -

 

            Championship Week Presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Sat, Mar 6

3:30 p.m.

SEC Championship: Semifinal 1

ESPNU

 

5:30 p.m.

SEC Championship: Semifinal 2

ESPNU

Sun, Mar 7

12 p.m.

BIG EAST Championship: Quarterfinal 1

ESPNU

 

2 p.m.

BIG EAST Championship: Quarterfinal 2

ESPNU

 

4:30 p.m.

Big Ten Championship

ESPN2

 

6 p.m.

BIG EAST Championship: Quarterfinal 3

ESPNU

 

6:30 p.m.

SEC Championship

ESPN2

 

8 p.m.

BIG EAST Championship: Quarterfinal 4

ESPNU

Mon, Mar 8

3 p.m.

West Coast Championship

ESPNU

 

5 p.m.

Atlantic 10 Championship

ESPN2

 

6 p.m.

BIG EAST Championship: Semifinal 1

ESPNU

 

8 p.m.

BIG EAST Championship: Semifinal 2

ESPNU

Tue, Mon 9

2 p.m.

Sun Belt Championship

ESPNU

 

4 p.m.

Summit League Championship

ESPNU

 

7 p.m.

BIG EAST Championship

ESPN

Sat, Mar 13

4 p.m.

WAC Championship

ESPNU

 

6 p.m.

SWAC Championship

ESPNU

Sun, Mar 14

11 a.m.

*MEAC Championship

ESPNU

 

1 p.m.

Horizon League Championship

ESPNU

 

3 p.m.

Northeast Conference Championship

ESPNU

          * Tape delay

 

NOTE: ESPN, ESPN2 & ESPNU’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament schedule will be announced on a later date.

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