Eleven Ranked Women’s Basketball Teams Featured During ESPN’s February Frenzy

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Eleven Ranked Women’s Basketball Teams Featured During ESPN’s February Frenzy

Two-day event supports the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in partnership with The V Foundation and WBCA

Coverage Maps – 2:30 p.m.; 5 p.m.

For the fourth straight year, ESPN will support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in partnership with The V Foundation and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) for women’s cancer research during its annual February Frenzy women’s college basketball games on Sunday, Feb. 13, and Monday, Feb. 14. The Fund is named in memory of legendary North Carolina State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow, who died Jan. 24, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Making for two of the biggest days of women’s basketball regular-season play, February Frenzy will showcase eight regionalized games in high definition within two ESPN2 telecast windows Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET and 5 p.m., plus a game on ESPNU at 6 p.m. Also included in the frenzy are two Big Monday Presented by Bud Light games on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. During the games, ESPN will encourage fans to contribute to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in partnership with The V Foundation and WBCA via The V Foundation at 1-800-4JimmyV or the foundation website at www.jimmyv.org.

Studio Coverage
Throughout February Frenzy, ESPN’s Cindy Brunson, Kara Lawson and Carolyn Peck will be taking the viewer to-and-from each game and providing in-depth analysis from the studio in Bristol, Conn.

Game Coverage
February Frenzy features 22 teams with 11 ranked in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, including four of the top five programs in the nation – No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 Connecticut, No. 4 Tennessee and No. 5 Texas A&M. The eight Sunday games will be regionalized throughout the nation with frequent switches to and updates from the other games as action dictates. In the 16 home markets of the competing teams, ESPN2 will start and remain with the game of local interest. ESPN3.com will carry all of the games in their entirety.

The 2:30 p.m. ESPN2 window on Sunday has four ranked teams playing, including a top 25 BIG EAST matchup between No. 17 Georgetown at No. 25 St. John’s. Also on tap is LSU at No. 18 Kentucky, Michigan at No. 13 Michigan State, and East Carolina at Houston. Highlighting the 5 p.m. window is Kansas State at No. 20 Iowa State and No. 19 West Virginia at Louisville, in addition to Auburn at Arkansas and North Carolina State at Georgia Tech.

ESPNU’s telecast will feature No. 4 Tennessee at Vanderbilt on Sunday at 6 p.m., in a rematch of the Lady Vols 68-56 win over the Commodores as part of ESPN’s Saturday Primetime Driven by State Farm game on Jan. 15.

Big Monday Presented by Bud Light will have four ranked teams, including the top two in the country. No. 12 Oklahoma visits No. 2 Connecticut at 7 p.m., while No. 1 Baylor hosts No. 5 Texas A&M for a potential share of the Big 12 lead at 9 p.m.

As part of the Big Monday games, Connecticut’s Maya Moore and Baylor’s Brittney Griner will have a camera solely dedicated to each player while they are on the court. In addition to segments during the game, ESPN3.com will provide fans with both isolated camera views of nation’s top two players.

ESPN Bottom Line
ESPN’s Bottom Line will promote the Kay Yow Cancer Fund during the ESPN2 February Frenzy telecasts on Sunday and Monday with the graphic – “Support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and donate to The V Foundation at 1-800-4JimmyV and website at www.jimmyv.org.”

On-Campus Initiatives
The viewer will be engaged through the pink elements surrounding the games as many of the teams will be decked out in pink uniforms, pink warm-up shirts, pink shoelaces and a variety of additional pink accessories. Fans may be outfitted to pink-out the arenas, coaches may be wearing pink and the officials will be using pink whistles. Additional signage, towels and floor decals with a pink theme will be seen at many of the arenas. The color pink has become synonymous as the official color with the breast cancer brand and to express moral support for women with breast cancer.

Kay Yow
Yow’s coaching career spanned more than 38 years, including 34 with North Carolina State. She had a record of 737-344, which encompassed 20 NCAA Championship bids, a Final Four appearance in 1998 and four ACC Tournament championships. She also coached the U.S. Olympic women’s team to a gold medal in 1988 and was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

ESPN’s February Frenzy (Schedule subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Tipoff Game Network
Sun, Feb 13 2:30 p.m. 2:35 p.m. LSU at No. 18 Kentucky

Bob Picozzi & Abby Waner

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
2:30 p.m. 2:40 p.m. No. 17 Georgetown at No. 25 St. John’s

Beth Mowins and Rebecca Lobo

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
2:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m. East Carolina at Houston

Holly Rowe & Tamika Raymond

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
2:30 p.m. 2:50 p.m. Michigan at No. 13 Michigan State

Pam Ward & Brooke Weisbrod

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
5 p.m. 5 p.m. North Carolina State at Georgia Tech

Jon Sciambi & LaChina Robinson

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
5 p.m. 5:05 p.m. Auburn at Arkansas

Carter Blackburn & Rosalyn Gold-Onwude

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
5 p.m. 5:10 p.m. Kansas State at No. 20 Iowa State

Brenda VanLengen & Mark Adams

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
5 p.m. 5:15 p.m. No. 19 West Virginia at Louisville

Bob Wischusen & Kayte Christensen

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
6 p.m. No. 4 Tennessee at Vanderbilt

Sam Gore & Stephanie Ready

ESPNU
Mon, Feb 14 7 p.m. Big Monday: No. 12 Oklahoma at

No. 2 Connecticut

Pam Ward & Stephanie White

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
9 p.m. Big Monday: No. 5 Texas A&M at No. 1 Baylor

Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke and Rebecca Lobo

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com

About the Kay Yow Cancer Fund
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund®, in partnership with the WBCA and The V Foundation, is a 501 c(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause. Donations can be made at www.KayYow.com. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, visit www.KayYow.com.

About The V Foundation
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has raised more than $100 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. Administrative and fundraising expenses are paid by the Foundation’s endowment. The Foundation awards grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.

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Rachel Margolis Siegal

As part of the College Sports PR team at ESPN, it has been an exciting adventure for me since I joined the worldwide leader in July 2010, working on college football, college basketball, college lacrosse and WNBA properties. I began my love of sports as 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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