ESPN Unveils Network's 2010-11 Women's College Basketball Schedule

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ESPN Unveils Network's 2010-11 Women's College Basketball Schedule

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN FULL COURT will combine to present approximately 250 women’s college basketball games during the 2010-11 season, including all 63 games of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship in March. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU’s schedule features 64 games during the regular season and 13 conference tournaments for 85 total telecasts. will simulcast all of the ESPN and ESPN2 games.

ESPN will showcase the Vanderbilt at Tennessee game during its Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV on Jan. 15. Game time is set for 8 p.m. ET, with the day also including the Tennessee and Vanderbilt men’s programs playing at noon. It will mark the first time College GameDay Driven by State Farm has originated from a site that has featured a men’s and women’s game being played in the same day. ESPN will also televise the BIG EAST Championship title game Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m.

ESPN2 is set to air 35 women’s college basketball regular-season contests, including the season-opening game featuring preseason top 5 favorites Connecticut and Baylor in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic as Part of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m., from Hartford, Conn. ESPN2 will be the home to the Big Monday series, as well as February Frenzy on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 13 & 14. The Sunday games are an entire afternoon devoted to eight regionalized women’s basketball games, while Monday night’s doubleheader is a full national telecast. The Big Ten and SEC Tournament finals will be aired Sunday, March 6, at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively, along with the Atlantic 10 Championship game Monday, March 7, at 5 p.m.

ESPNU will televise 47 games, including 30 regular-season games and 17 conference championships. The 24-hour college sports network begins its 2010-11 women’s basketball coverage at the Maggie Dixon Classic on Sunday, Dec. 19. Rutgers and Texas A&M will open the event at noon, followed by UConn and Ohio State at 2 p.m. ESPNU features at least one game each Sunday in January and February, including several doubleheaders. 

2010-11 Schedule Special Events & Highlights:

  • State Farm Tip-Off Classic as Part of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN2 – Tuesday,  Nov. 16
    Two-time defending National Champion Connecticut and Final Four participant Baylor will participate in the 18th annual State Farm Tip-Off Classic at 6 p.m., from the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., to begin the 2010-11 season. The game is part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, which will include 21 live games – 20 men’s and one women’s – in a minimum of 25.5 hours across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and  
  • Jimmy V Women’s Classic on ESPN2 – Monday, Dec. 5
    ESPN, in conjunction with The V Foundation for Cancer Research, will stage and televise the ninth annual Jimmy V Women’s Classic. This year’s premier women’s event pits Duke against Texas A&M, the defending ACC and Big 12 Champions, respectively, at 7 p.m., from Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. The event will take place the night before the men’s Jimmy V Classic from Madison Square Garden.
  • Maggie Dixon Classic on ESPNU – Sunday, Dec. 19
    Madison Square Garden will once again be the home to the fifth annual Maggie Dixon Classic. The doubleheader is named in honor of the late women’s basketball coach of Army, who died just over a month shy of her 29th birthday of an arrhythmic episode to her heart. Texas A&M will play Rutgers at noon, followed by Ohio State against Connecticut at 2 p.m. All four teams are expected to start the season ranked in the top 25. Women’s Basketball Hall of Famers Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer and UConn’s Geno Auriemma, along with Ohio State’s Jim Foster and Texas A&M’s Gary Blair, have combined for over 2,850 victories.
  • College GameDay Driven by State Farm & Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV on ESPN – Saturday, Jan. 15
    For the second straight year, ESPN will feature a women’s matchup during its College GameDay Driven by State Farm and Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV schedules. The 2011 series will open from Knoxville, Tenn., site of the Tennessee Volunteers men’s and women’s teams hosting the men’s and women’s Vanderbilt Commodores programs at noon and 8 p.m., respectively. Both the Tennessee and Vanderbilt women’s programs are preseason top 25 teams. 
  • Big Monday on ESPN2 – Every Monday from Jan. 17 – Feb. 28
    ESPN2’s Big Monday primetime Game of the Week women’s basketball series, in its fifth season, features seven weeks, 10 games and three straight doubleheaders in February. The series will showcase 16 of the best programs in Division I women’s basketball, which are all expected to be ranked in the top 25 of the preseason polls. The Big Monday games will air at 7 p.m. and on the nights of doubleheaders during the 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. windows. 
  • February Frenzy on ESPN2  & ESPNU – Sunday and Monday, Feb. 13 & 14
    February Frenzy returns with eight regionalized games within two telecast windows, in which the majority of the country will see the best action of the day with switches between sites and updates from other games. In the 16 home markets of the competing teams, ESPN2 will start and remain primarily with the game of local interest. Beginning at 2:30 p.m., ESPN2 will feature Michigan at Michigan State, LSU at Kentucky, East Carolina at Houston and Georgetown at St. John’s. The 5 p.m. window features Kansas State at Iowa State, West Virginia at Louisville, Auburn at Arkansas and NC State at Georgia Tech. ESPNU will air Tennessee at Vanderbilt nationally at 6 p.m. For the fourth straight year, ESPN will help raise awareness in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation, during the telecasts. The Big Monday doubleheader of Oklahoma at Connecticut (7 p.m.) and Texas A&M at Baylor (9 p.m.) will also participate in the initiative.
  • Championship Week Presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU & – Thursday, March 3 – Sunday, March 13
    As part of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and’s week-long men’s and women’s conference tournament coverage, ESPN networks will present 13 conference championships, including every game from the quarterfinals through the final for the BIG EAST, plus the SEC semifinal and championship games. Other women’s championships include: Atlantic 10, Big Ten, Horizon League, MAAC, MEAC, NEC, SWAC, Summit League, Sun Belt, West Coast Conference and WAC.
  • NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship
    ESPN will present the exclusive live announcement of the 64-team NCAA Championship field as part of Selection Monday on March 14, 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 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship will air on ESPN networks for the eighth consecutive year. ESPN and ESPN2 will present its telecasts in a whip-around format with home market protection through the first two rounds. ESPN FULL COURT, the pay-per-view package, will offer first- and second-round games in its entirety as a supplement to ESPN and ESPN2’s coverage. will offer complete telecasts of all 63 games, while ESPNU will offer select ESPN and ESPN2 early-round games in their entirety. 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.

ESPN Network’s 2010-11 Women’s Basketball Schedule (Schedule subject to change; All ESPN/ESPN2 games to be simulcast on

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Tue, Nov 16 6 p.m. State Farm Tip-Off Classic as Part of College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon (Hartford, Conn.): Baylor at Connecticut   ESPN2
Sun, Dec 5 2 p.m. Purdue at Notre Dame ESPN2
Mon, Dec 6 7 p.m. Jimmy V Women’s Classic: Texas A&M at Duke ESPN2
Tue, Dec 14 7 p.m. Tennessee at Baylor ESPN2
Holiday Hoops Presented by Kay Jewelers (Dec. 18-24)
Sun, Dec 19 Noon Maggie Dixon Classic (New York City): Texas A&M vs. Rutgers ESPNU
  2 p.m. Maggie Dixon Classic (New York City):Ohio State vs. Connecticut   ESPNU
  7 p.m. Stanford at Tennessee ESPN2
Tue, Dec 21 7 p.m. Florida State at Connecticut ESPNU
Thu, Dec  30 9 p.m. Connecticut at Stanford ESPN2
Tue, Jan 4 7 p.m. Kentucky at Duke ESPNU
Thu, Jan 6 11 p.m. Idaho at Nevada ESPNU
Sun, Jan 9 Noon Pittsburgh at Louisville ESPNU
  2 p.m. Georgia at Kentucky ESPNU
  3 p.m. Dayton at Xavier ESPN2
  5 p.m. Tulane at Alabama-Birmingham ESPN2
Conference Tip-Off (Jan. 11-17)
Thu, Jan 13 9 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Fresno State ESPNU
Fri, Jan 14 4:30 p.m. Fairfield at Loyola (Md.) ESPNU
Sat, Jan 15 8 p.m. Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV:
Vanderbilt at Tennessee


Sun, Jan 16 1:30 p.m. Oklahoma at Texas ESPNU
  2 p.m. Central Florida at Southern Methodist ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. Marquette at South Florida ESPNU
  4 p.m. Illinois at Penn State ESPN2
Mon, Jan 17 7 p.m. Big Monday: Connecticut at North Carolina ESPN2
Sun, Jan 23 2 p.m. St. John’s at Notre Dame ESPNU
  4 p.m. Vanderbilt at Kentucky ESPNU
  5 p.m. North Carolina at Maryland ESPN2
Mon, Jan 24 4:30 p.m. Texas Southern at Mississippi Valley State ESPNU
  7 p.m. Big Monday: Iowa at Ohio State ESPN2
Fri, Jan 28 4:30 p.m. Manhattan at Canisius ESPNU
Sun, Jan 30 2 p.m. Florida at Mississippi State ESPNU
  4 p.m. West Virginia at DePaul ESPNU
  5 p.m. Georgia at LSU ESPN2
Mon, Jan 31 4:30 p.m. Maryland- Eastern Shore at Hampton ESPNU
  7 p.m. Big Monday: Duke at Connecticut ESPN2
Sun, Feb 6 Noon Syracuse at Rutgers ESPNU
  2 p.m. Baylor at Oklahoma State ESPNU
  4 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas ESPNU
Rivalry Week Presented by Cisco (Feb. 7-14)
Mon, Feb 7 7 p.m. Big Monday: Duke at North Carolina ESPN2
  9 p.m. Big Monday: Tennessee at Kentucky ESPN2
Fri, Feb 11 4:30 p.m. Marist at Iona ESPNU
Sun, Feb 13 2:30 p.m. **February Frenzy: Michigan at Michigan State ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. **February Frenzy: LSU at Kentucky ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. **February Frenzy: East Carolina at Houston ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. **February Frenzy: Georgetown at St. John’s ESPN2
  5 p.m. **February Frenzy: Kansas State at Iowa State ESPN2
  5 p.m. **February Frenzy: West Virginia at Louisville ESPN2
  5 p.m. **February Frenzy: Auburn at Arkansas ESPN2
  5 p.m. **February Frenzy: North Carolina State at Georgia Tech ESPN2
  6 p.m. February Frenzy: Tennessee at Vanderbilt ESPNU
Mon, Feb 14 4:30 p.m. Hampton at North Carolina A&T ESPNU
  7 p.m. February Frenzy/Big Monday: Oklahoma at Connecticut ESPN2
  9 p.m. February Frenzy/Big Monday: Texas A&M at Baylor ESPN2
Sun, Feb 20 3 p.m. Maryland at Florida State ESPN2
  5 p.m. Ohio State at Purdue ESPN2
  5:30 p.m. Georgetown at DePaul ESPNU
Judgment Week (Feb. 21-27)
Mon, Feb 21 4:30 p.m. Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Prairie View A&M ESPNU
  7 p.m. Big Monday: Georgia at Tennessee ESPN2
  9 p.m. Big Monday: Texas at Iowa State ESPN2
Sun, Feb 27 2 p.m. LSU at Tennessee ESPNU
  4 p.m. Xavier at Temple ESPNU
  5 p.m. Baylor at Oklahoma ESPN2
Mon, Feb 28 4:30 p.m. Morgan State at North Carolina A&T ESPNU
  7 p.m. Big Monday: St. John’s at West Virginia ESPN2
  11 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Nevada ESPNU

** Regionalized coverage

Championship Week Presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods (All games live, unless otherwise noted)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Mar 5 4 p.m. SEC Tournament: Semifinals (Nashville, Tenn.) ESPNU
  6 p.m. SEC Tournament: Semifinals (Nashville, Tenn.) ESPNU
Sun, Mar 6 Noon BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle: Quarterfinal 1 (Hartford, Conn.) ESPNU
  2 p.m. BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle: Quarterfinal 2 (Hartford, Conn.) ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. Big Ten Tournament: Final (Indianapolis, Ind.) ESPN2
  5:30 p.m. SEC Tournament: Final (Nashville, Tenn.) ESPN2
  6 p.m. BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle: Quarterfinal 3 (Hartford, Conn.) ESPNU
  8 p.m. BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle: Quarterfinal 4 (Hartford, Conn.) ESPNU
Mon, Mar 7 1 p.m. MAAC Championship: Final (Bridgeport, Conn.) ESPNU
  3 p.m. West Coast Conference Championship:Final (Las Vegas, Nev.) ESPNU
  5 p.m. Atlantic 10 Championship: Final (Lowell, Mass.) ESPN2
  6 p.m. BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle:Semifinal 1 (Hartford, Conn.) ESPNU
  8 p.m. BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle:Semifinal 2 (Hartford, Conn.) ESPNU
Tue, Mar 8 2 p.m. Sun Belt Championship: Final (Hot Springs, Ark.) ESPNU
  4 p.m. Summit League Tournament: Final (Sioux Falls, S.D.) ESPNU
  7 p.m. BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle:Final (Hartford, Conn.) ESPN
Sat, Mar 12 4 p.m. WAC Tournament: Final (Las Vegas, Nev.) ESPNU
  6 p.m. SWAC Championship: Final (Garland, Texas) ESPNU
Sun, Mar 13 11 a.m.* MEAC Tournament: Final (Winston-Salem, NC) ESPNU
  1 p.m. Horizon League Championship: Final(campus of higher seed after quarterfinals) ESPNU
  3 p.m. NEC Tournament: Final (campus of higher seed) ESPNU

* – Tape delay 

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

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A part of the Internal Communications team at ESPN, I began with the network in 2010 as part of the College Sports PR team. Always an avid sports fan and not an athlete – I grew up a huge fan of the Hartford Whalers, while also watching my brother compete at different levels. I became the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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