ESPN2 Opens Season Nov. 17 with Four Ranked Teams as Part of Tip-Off Marathon
ESPN’s 2014-15 women’s college basketball regular-season schedule includes 131 games across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and Longhorn Network. The addition of ESPN3 exclusive games and ESPN FULL COURT, the pay-per-view package, to be announced at a later date will result in a record number of coverage this season.
The schedule boasts 22 programs on the espnW 2014-15 preseason top 25 poll – created by bracketologist Charlie Creme at the conclusion of the 2014 Final Four – which includes 20 of the top 25 teams on the schedule. espnW.com will provide season-long original content and supporting material for ESPN’s top games.
Every game will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
· ESPN2 – Home to 36 games this season, ESPN2 will include top early-season matchups, all Big Monday contests and most Sundays throughout the conference season.
· ESPNU – A schedule of 19 games, ESPNU matchups include doubleheaders on most Sundays during the conference schedule.
· SEC Network – The introduction of the new network ensures every SEC women’s basketball game is available nationwide. SEC Network will air more than 60 games, including a doubleheader every Thursday and a game-of-the-week on Mondays.
· Longhorn Network – ESPN’s 24-hour network devoted to The University of Texas, will air 13 games, including seven featuring a Big 12 opponent.
· Tip-Off Marathon Presented by Dish – Four ranked teams open the seventh annual marathon with an ESPN2 doubleheader on Monday, Nov. 17. Two-time defending national champion Connecticut will travel to 2014 Final Four participant and No. 20 Stanford in the second game at 9 p.m., while No. 13 Baylor will face No. 6 Kentucky in the first matchup at 7 p.m.
· Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona – The 13th annual game features a rematch of the 2014 NCAA Championship title game – pitting No. 1 Connecticut against No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3:15 p.m. on ESPN. Notre Dame will play in the event for the first time, hosting the game at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., while the Huskies will appear for the fourth straight year and seventh time overall.
· Big Monday Presented by Verizon – The ninth season of the seven-week series on ESPN2 will begin on January 19 and run through March 2. The schedule includes doubleheaders on February 16 and 23 and a robust schedule of ranked teams: No. 1 Connecticut, No. 2 South Carolina, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 7 Duke, No. 8 Michigan State, No. 14 Maryland and No. 16 Louisville.
· We Back Pat – No. 4 Texas A&M will play at No. 2 South Carolina in a January 26 Big Monday game, to honor former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt as part of the SEC’s “We Back Pat” initiative.
· Play 4Kay – ESPN’s annual Play 4Kay games – highlighting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) – will air five games across ESPN2 and ESPNU on Sunday, Feb. 22. Two top-25 matchups – featuring SEC rivals No. 3 Tennessee at No. 2 South Carolina and new ACC foes No. 16 Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame – airs Monday, Feb. 23, as part of Big Monday.
· Season preview November 3-7 will include an updated preseason top-25 poll, preseason All-Americans and a ranking of the top 25 players in the nation.
· Writers Mechelle Voepel, Graham Hays, Kate Fagan and Michelle Smith, as well as analyst Rebecca Lobo, will write in-depth profiles of some of the nation’s top teams, players and coaches throughout the season.
· Prior to each Big Monday game, espnW.com will offer an updated Bracketology segment from Charlie Creme and a game preview for that night’s matchup, as well as postgame coverage with video analysis.
· For the third consecutive season, espnW will name a national player of the week each Monday.
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A women’s hoop preview in its upcoming College Hoops Tip-Off Preview issue (on sale October 31) includes a rundown of the top-10 teams by espnW’s Mechelle Voepel, plus a ScoutTake profile on the genius of UConn’s Breanna Stewart.
ESPN networks will also have a full lineup of games during Championship Week Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods and will continue to carry all 63 games of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship culminating with the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa, Fla., on April 5 and 7. The schedules will be announced at a later date.
Week-long men’s and women’s conference tournaments can been seen across ESPN platforms during Championship Week Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods from Thursday, March 5 to Sunday, March 15.
ESPN will present the exclusive live announcement of the 64-team NCAA Championship field as part of Selection Monday on March 16, at 7 p.m., with ESPNU offering a bonus hour of coverage on the NCAA Women’s’ Basketball Selection Special Extended Coverage at 8 p.m.
All 63 games of the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship will air on ESPN networks for the 10th consecutive year. ESPN and ESPN2 will present regionalized telecasts with home market protection through the first two rounds. ESPN3 and ESPN FULL COURT, the pay-per-view package, will offer first- and second-round games in their entirety as a supplement to ESPN and ESPN2’s coverage. The final 15 games, beginning with the Regional Semifinals, will have national telecast windows on ESPN or ESPN2. The complete schedule will be announced at a later date.
2014-15 ESPN Network’s Women’s Basketball Schedule (subject to change)
|Sat, Nov 15||TBD||UT San Antonio at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Sun, Nov 16||8 p.m.||Duke at Alabama||SEC Network|
|Mon, Nov 17||7 p.m.||Tip-Off Marathon Presented by Dish: Baylor at Kentucky||ESPN2|
|9 p.m.||Tip-Off Marathon Presented by Dish: Connecticut at Stanford||ESPN2|
|Thu, Nov 20||7 p.m.||Clemson at South Carolina||SEC Network|
|Wed, Nov 26||8 p.m.||Texas Pan American at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Sun, Nov 30||1 p.m.||Duke at Texas A&M||SEC Network|
|Mon, Dec 1||9 p.m.||Virginia Tech at Florida||SEC Network|
|Wed, Dec 3||7 p.m.||Louisiana Tech at LSU||SEC Network|
|8 p.m.||New Mexico at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Thu, Dec 4||8 p.m.||Charlotte at South Carolina||SEC Network|
|Sat, Dec 6||3:15 p.m.||Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona: Connecticut at Notre Dame||ESPN|
|Sun, Dec 7||1 p.m.||South Carolina at Duke||ESPN2|
|4 p.m.||Michigan State at Georgia||SEC Network|
|Mon, Dec 8||Noon||Southern at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Wed, Dec 10||7 p.m.||Wisconsin at Florida||SEC Network|
|Fri, Dec 12||9 p.m.||Middle Tennessee State at Kentucky||SEC Network|
|Sun, Dec 14||1 p.m.||Mercer at Alabama||SEC Network|
|3 p.m.||Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers: Tennessee at Rutgers||ESPN2|
|Northwestern State at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|6 p.m.||Belmont at Kentucky||SEC Network|
|Tue, Dec 16||7 p.m.||Wichita State at Tennessee||SEC Network|
|Wed, Dec 17||8 p.m.||McNeese State at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Sat, Dec 20||1 p.m.||Stanford at Tennessee||SEC Network|
|Sun, Dec 21||1:30 p.m.||SEC/Big 12 Challenge: Texas vs. Texas A&M (Little Rock, Ark.)||SEC Network|
|3 p.m.||Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers: Kentucky at Duke||ESPN2|
|3:30 p.m.||SEC/Big 12 Challenge: Oklahoma vs. Arkansas (Little Rock, Ark.)||SEC Network|
|5 p.m.||Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Holiday Showcase as part of Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers: UCLA vs. Connecticut (Uncasville, Conn.)||ESPN2|
|Sun, Dec 28||Noon||East Carolina at USF||ESPNU|
|1 p.m.||Oregon State at Tennessee||SEC Network|
|8:30 p.m.||Temple at Memphis||ESPNU|
|Mon, Dec 29||9 p.m.||Duke at Connecticut||ESPN2|
|Tue, Dec 30||8 p.m.||Rice at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Fri, Jan 2||7 p.m.||Auburn at South Carolina||SEC Network|
|9 p.m.||Missouri at Tennessee||SEC Network|
|Sat, Jan 3||8 p.m.||Kansas at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Sun, Jan 4||1 p.m.||Maggie Dixon Classic: Connecticut vs. St. John’s (New York, N.Y.)||ESPN2|
|1:30 p.m.||Texas A&M at Arkansas||ESPNU|
|2 p.m.||Ole Miss at Kentucky||SEC Network|
|3 p.m.||South Carolina at LSU||ESPN2|
|3:30 p.m.||George Washington at Dayton||ESPNU|
|4 p.m.||Florida at Auburn||SEC Network|
|Mon, Jan 5||7 p.m.||Tennessee at Vanderbilt||SEC Network|
|Wed, Jan 7||8 p.m.||West Virginia at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Thu, Jan 8||7 p.m.||Texas A&M at Tennessee||SEC Network|
|9 p.m.||Vanderbilt at LSU||SEC Network|
|Sun, Jan 11||1 p.m.||Kentucky at South Carolina||ESPN2|
|LSU at Texas A&M||ESPNU|
|2 p.m.||Georgia at Auburn||SEC Network|
|3 p.m.||Maryland at Minnesota||ESPN2|
|Tennessee at Arkansas||ESPNU|
|4 p.m.||Florida at Missouri||SEC Network|
|Thu, Jan 15||7 p.m.||Florida at Kentucky||SEC Network|
|9 p.m.||South Carolina at Missouri||SEC Network|
|Sat, Jan 17||1 p.m.||Texas Tech at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Sun, Jan 18||Noon||George Mason at Richmond||ESPNU|
|1 p.m.||USF at Connecticut||ESPN2|
|2 p.m.||Kentucky at LSU||ESPNU|
|3 p.m.||Iowa at Michigan State||ESPN2|
|Missouri at Arkansas||SEC Network|
|5 p.m.||Ole Miss at Texas A&M||SEC Network|
|Mon, Jan 19||7 p.m.||Big Monday presented by Verizon: Tennessee at Notre Dame||ESPN2|
|South Carolina at Florida||SEC Network|
|Thu, Jan 22||7 p.m.||LSU at Tennessee||SEC Network|
|9 p.m.||Mississippi State at Ole Miss||SEC Network|
|Sun, Jan 25||Noon||Arkansas at Florida||ESPNU|
|2 p.m.||UCF at SMU||ESPNU|
|Georgia at Tennessee||SEC Network|
|3 p.m.||Connecticut at Cincinnati||ESPN2|
|4 p.m.||Kentucky at Missouri||SEC Network|
|5 p.m.||Duke at North Carolina||ESPN2|
|Mon, Jan 26||7 p.m.||We Back Pat as part of Big Monday presented by Verizon: Texas A&M at South Carolina||ESPN2|
|9 p.m.||Mississippi State at Auburn||SEC Network|
|Thu, Jan 29||7 p.m.||Tennessee at Kentucky||SEC Network|
|9 p.m.||Ole Miss at LSU||SEC Network|
|Sun, Feb 1||1 p.m.||Georgia at Kentucky||SEC Network|
|2 p.m.||Connecticut at Temple||ESPN2|
|3 p.m.||Mississippi State at Tennessee||SEC Network|
|4 p.m.||Iowa at Maryland||ESPN2|
|4:30 p.m.||South Carolina at Ole Miss||ESPNU|
|Mon, Feb 2||7 p.m.||Big Monday Presented by Verizon: Louisville at Duke||ESPN2|
|Missouri at LSU||SEC Network|
|Thu, Feb 5||7 p.m.||South Carolina at Georgia||SEC Network|
|9 p.m.||Texas A&M at Missouri||SEC Network|
|Sun, Feb 8||1 p.m.||Kentucky at Vanderbilt||SEC Network|
|2 p.m.||Baylor at Texas||ESPN2|
|Tennessee at Florida||ESPNU|
|3 p.m.||Texas A&M at Mississippi State||SEC Network|
|4 p.m.||Nebraska at Maryland||ESPN2|
|California at Arizona State||ESPNU|
|5 p.m.||Alabama at LSU||SEC Network|
|Mon, Feb 9||7 p.m.||Georgia at Arkansas||SEC Network|
|8 p.m.||Big Monday Presented by Verizon: South Carolina at Connecticut||ESPN2|
|Thu, Feb 12||7 p.m.||Mississippi State at Kentucky||SEC Network|
|9 p.m.||Arkansas at Texas A&M||SEC Network|
|Sun, Feb 15||Noon||Vanderbilt at South Carolina||ESPNU|
|1 p.m.||North Carolina at Louisville||ESPN2|
|2 p.m.||USF at East Carolina||ESPNU|
|Arkansas at Auburn||SEC Network|
|3 p.m.||Kentucky at Tennessee||ESPN2|
|4 p.m.||Florida at Mississippi State||SEC Network|
|5 p.m.||West Virginia at Baylor||ESPN2|
|Mon, Feb 16||7 p.m.||Big Monday Presented by Verizon as part of Rivalry Week: Maryland at Michigan State||ESPN2|
|Alabama at Texas A&M||SEC Network|
|9 p.m.||Big Monday Presented by Verizon as part of Rivalry Week: Duke at Notre Dame||ESPN2|
|Wed, Feb 18||8 p.m.||Kansas State at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Thu, Feb 19||7 p.m.||Vanderbilt at Florida||SEC Network|
|9 p.m.||South Carolina at Arkansas||SEC Network|
|Fri, Feb 20||5 p.m.||Iona at Marist||ESPNU|
|Sun, Feb 22||Noon||Play 4Kay: Duke at NC State||ESPN2|
|Play 4Kay: Temple at USF||ESPNU|
|2 p.m.||Play 4Kay: Rutgers at Michigan State||ESPN2|
|Play 4Kay: LSU at Arkansas||ESPNU|
|Missouri at Vanderbilt||SEC Network|
|4 p.m.||Play 4Kay: California at Stanford||ESPN2|
|Florida at Texas A&M||SEC Network|
|Mon, Feb 23||7 p.m.||Play 4Kay as part of Big Monday Presented by Verizon: Louisville at Notre Dame||ESPN2|
|Kentucky at Ole Miss||SEC Network|
|9 p.m.||Play 4Kay as part of Big Monday Presented by Verizon: Tennessee at South Carolina||ESPN2|
|Wed, Feb 25||8 p.m.||Oklahoma State at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Thu, Feb 26||7 p.m.||Florida at Alabama||SEC Network|
|9 p.m.||Tennessee at Georgia||SEC Network|
|Sun, Mar 1||1 p.m.||Texas at West Virginia||ESPN2|
|2 or 5 p.m.||Texas A&M at LSU||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|2 or 5 p.m.||South Carolina at Kentucky||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|3 p.m.||North Carolina at Duke||ESPN2|
|Georgia at Florida||SEC Network|
|4 p.m.||Stanford at Oregon||ESPNU|
|5 p.m.||Vanderbilt at Tennessee||SEC Network|
|Mon, Mar 2||7 p.m.||Big Monday Presented by Verizon: Connecticut at USF||ESPN2|
|Tue, Mar 3||8 p.m.||TCU at Texas||Longhorn Network|