ESPN2 Tips-Off WNBA Postseason with Conference Semifinal Action Thursday

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ESPN2 Tips-Off WNBA Postseason with Conference Semifinal Action Thursday

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2015 WNBA Draft Lottery to Air at Halftime of Game 1 Eastern Conference Semifinal

ESPN2’s coverage of the WNBA Playoffs 2014 Presented by Boost Mobile will commence on Thursday, Aug. 21, with a doubleheader featuring an Eastern Conference Semifinal between the Washington Mystics at the Indiana Fever 7 p.m., followed by a Western Conference Semifinal pitting the San Antonio Stars at the Minnesota Lynx. Action culminates with ABC and ESPN2’s exclusive coverage of the best-of-five series for the WNBA Finals 2014 Presented by Boost Mobile that begins on Sunday, Sept. 7.

Conference semifinals announcer parings include Ryan Ruocco and Rebecca Lobo with Holly Rowe and Pam Ward and Carolyn Peck with LaChina Robinson. The trio of Ruocco, Lobo and Rowe will call the WNBA Finals 2014 Presented by Boost Mobile, while Peck will be providing studio analysis from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., studio.

Additional production elements for the WNBA Finals will be announced closer to the series.

Top Storylines & Players
Many of the league’s best players will be on showcase during the postseason, and ESPN will follow many storylines, including the retirement of long-time Indiana Fever head coach Lin Dunn and San Antonio Silver Stars standout Becky Hammon, who will join the San Antonio Spurs as the first full-time woman to coach in the NBA. Coverage will also focus on Phoenix Mercury’s storybook season, as they set a new WNBA mark for victories (29).

Also highlighted in ESPN’s playoff coverage: Angel McCoughtry and Shoni Schimmel (Atlanta); Elena Delle Donne (Chicago); Tamika Catchings (Indiana); Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles); Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus (Minnesota); Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix); Kayla McBride (San Antonio) and Ivory Latta (Washington).

2015 WNBA Draft Lottery
The 2015 WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm will air during halftime (approximately 8 p.m.) during ESPN2’s coverage of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 1 on Thursday, Aug. 21. The Draft Lottery will be hosted by ESPN SportsCenter anchor Kevin Negandhi from Secaucus, N.J.

The four teams that do not qualify for the playoffs this season will be looking to secure the top pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm taking place next April.

WNBA officials and a representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young will conduct the draft lottery, which will establish the first four picks of the 2015 WNBA Draft. The order of selection for the remainder of the first round, as well as the second and third round, is determined by inverse order of the teams’ respective regular-season records from 2014.

espnW.com will supplement ESPN’s schedule with comprehensive live coverage and analysis throughout the WNBA postseason:

  • Michelle Smith and Mechelle Voepel will be onsite for the conference finals and WNBA Finals
  • A breakdown of each series, including predictions, plus post-game analysis
  • Additional video highlights and features throughout.
  • espnW’s Top 10 WNBA Playoff Moments: Users will vote on some of the top moments in WNBA history on espnW.com to determine the top three, with the No. 3 moment unveiled during Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. The No. 1 moment will be unveiled during Game 3. Voting runs from August 21 – September 3.

Later-round Coverage
ABC will broadcast the Western Conference Finals Game 2 on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 3:30 p.m. ABC and ESPN2’s exclusive coverage of the best-of-five series for the WNBA Finals 2014 Presented by Boost Mobile will start on Sunday, Sept. 7. Game 1 will air on ABC and can also be seen on the ABC SuperSign in Times Square in New York City. The remaining four games will be televised on ESPN2.

WatchESPN
All ESPN2 telecasts 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 & ABC WNBA Playoffs 2014 Presented by Boost Mobile Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network
Thu, Aug 21 7 p.m. Eastern Conference Semifinals: Game 1
Washington Mystics at Indiana Fever

Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck & LaChina Robinson
ESPN2
  9 p.m. Western Conference Semifinals: Game 1
San Antonio Stars at Minnesota Lynx

Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo & Holly Rowe
ESPN2
Sat, Aug 23 5 p.m. Eastern Conference Semifinals: Game 2
Indiana Fever at Washington Mystics

Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck & LaChina Robinson
ESPN2
  7 p.m. Western Conference Semifinals: Game 2
Minnesota Lynx at San Antonio Stars
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo & Holly Rowe
ESPN2
Sun, Aug 24 7 p.m. Eastern Conference Semifinals: Game 2
Atlanta Dream at Chicago Sky

Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck & LaChina Robinson
ESPN2
  9 p.m. Western Conference Semifinals: Game 2
Phoenix Mercury at Los Angeles Sparks

Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo & Holly Rowe
ESPN2
Sun, Aug 31 3:30 p.m. Western Conference Finals: Game 2 ABC
Sun, Sept 7 3:30 p.m. WNBA Finals 2014: Game 1 ABC
Tue, Sept 9 8 p.m. WNBA Finals 2014: Game 2 ESPN2
Fri, Sept 12 8 p.m. WNBA Finals 2014: Game 3 ESPN2
Sun, Sept 14 5:30 p.m. WNBA Finals 2014: Game 4* ESPN2
Wed, Sept 17 8 p.m. WNBA Finals 2014: Game 5* ESPN2

* – If necessary

 

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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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