Experienced Core of Commentators & New Faces Enhance ESPN’s Women’s College Basketball Coverage

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Experienced Core of Commentators & New Faces Enhance ESPN’s Women’s College Basketball Coverage

2014-15 Women’s Basketball Schedule on ESPN Networks

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ESPN’s 2014-15 women’s college basketball regular-season schedule – featuring a record-high exclusive games across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, SEC Network and Longhorn Network – will be supported by a field of experienced and dedicated commentators.

Highlights

  • Sue Bird, WNBA star and former All-American at UConn, has joined ESPN for the 2014-15 season and will call games on ESPN2, ESPNU and Longhorn Network this season.
  • The Final Four announcing team of Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke will reunite for marquee games throughout the season, beginning with the UConn-Stanford Tip-Off Marathon Presented by Dish telecast on Monday, Dec. 17, as well as the Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona featuring top-ranked UConn at No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday, Dec. 6.
  • Host Kevin Negandhi joins analysts Kara Lawson and Rebecca Lobo for numerous top regular-season games from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., studios.
  • Veteran analyst Carolyn Peck and play-by-play commentator Pam Ward will be pulling double-duty this season, calling games across all ESPN networks, with the majority on ESPN2 and SEC Network.
  • SEC Network will air more than 60 games this season, and the network added former coaches Gail Goestenkors and Carol Ross to its lineup of analysts.
    • Also making appearances on the SEC Network will be analysts Debbie Antonelli, Nell Fortner and Steffi Sorenson, as well as play-by-play commentators Cara Capuano, Paul Sunderland and Brenda VanLengen.
  • Beth Mowins, a multi-sport play-by-play voice, will team with Stephanie White for most of the Big Monday series, beginning in January 19.
  • Familiar names returning to the analyst chair are LaChina Robinson and Brooke Weisbrod.
  • Katie Smith, the most-decorated player in Ohio State women’s basketball history and former WNBA standout, will call games on ESPN2, ESPNU and Longhorn Network.
  • Longhorn legends Fran Harris and Nell Fortner, former coach at Auburn and ESPN analyst, will call LHN’s 14 exclusive women’s games.

espnW.com
Throughout the 2014-15 women’s college basketball season, Charlie Creme, Kate Fagan, Graham Hays, Rebecca Lobo, Michelle Smith and Mechelle Voepel will cover the top teams, players and storylines around the country with feature stories, commentary, analysis and original video.

espnW.com will present the women’s national player of the week every Monday of the season for the third consecutive year. Creme will continue to project Women’s Bracketology, a look at what the 64-team women’s NCAA Championship field will look like on Selection Monday, while Hays will produce a mid-major top-10 poll every other week throughout the season.

In addition, the three-episode series, espnW presents: The Geno Auriemma Project will air November 16, February 9 and April 10 on ESPN2. espnW.com will have exclusive related content, including 10, two- to four-minute features on Auriemma and the team, as well as 10, 30-second vignettes. Select vignettes will air during game and studio telecasts throughout the season. espnW.com writer Kate Fagan will have an oral history  that will accompany the series. Excerpts from each episode will also be available on espnW.com.

“3 to See” & “Need to Know”
ESPN will continue to promote the top players in the women’s game through it’s’ “3 to See” and “Need to Know” initiatives. The two brands will be present all season long on ESPN platforms with additional content on espnW.com.

  • Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart (Connecticut) and Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame) make up the “3 to See” brand.
  • “3 to See” will be integrated in games involving Mosqueda-Lewis, Stewart and Loyd.
  • “Need to Know” players include: Nina Davis (Baylor); Brittany Boyd (Cal); Moriah Jefferson (UConn); Elizabeth Williams (Duke); Lexie Brown (Maryland); Rachel Banham (Minnesota); Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina); Aleighsa Welch (South Carolina); A’ja Wilson (South Carolina) and Isabelle Harrison (Tennessee).
  • The “Need to Know” brand will used throughout all women’s telecasts, and also include the “3 to See” players.

ESPN Non-Conference Commentator Assignments (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Sat, Nov 15 TBD UT San Antonio at No. 9 Texas
Fran Harris & Katie Smith
Longhorn Network
Sun, Nov 16 8 p.m. No. 7 Duke at Alabama
Cara Capuano & Nell Fortner
SEC Network
Mon, Nov 17 7 p.m. Tip-Off Marathon Presented by Dish: No. 8 Baylor at No. 11 Kentucky
Beth Mowins & Carolyn Peck
ESPN2
  9 p.m. Tip-Off Marathon Presented by Dish: No. 1 Connecticut at No. 6 Stanford
Dave O’Brien & Doris Burke
ESPN2
Thu, Nov 20 7 p.m. Clemson at No. 2 South Carolina
Cara Capuano & Gail Goestenkors
SEC Network
Wed, Nov 26 8 p.m. Texas Pan American at No. 9 Texas
Fran Harris & Nell Fortner
Longhorn Network
Sun, Nov 30 1 p.m. No. 7 Duke at No. 5 Texas A&M
Paul Sunderland & Gail Goestenkors
SEC Network
Mon, Dec 1 9 p.m. Virginia Tech at Florida
Brenda VanLengen & Carolyn Peck
SEC Network
Wed, Dec 3 7 p.m. Louisiana Tech at LSU
Cara Capuano & Carolyn Peck
SEC Network
  8 p.m. New Mexico at No. 9 Texas
Fran Harris & Nell Fortner
Longhorn Network
Thu, Dec 4 8 p.m. Charlotte at No. 2 South Carolina
Brenda VanLengen & Debbie Antonelli
SEC Network
Sat, Dec 6 3:15 p.m. Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona: No. 1 Connecticut at No. 3 Notre Dame
Dave O’Brien & Doris Burke
ESPN
Sun, Dec 7 1 p.m. No. 2 South Carolina at No. 7 Duke
Pam Ward & Rebecca Lobo
ESPN2
  4 p.m. No. 14 Michigan State at Georgia
Paul Sunderland & Gail Goestenkors
SEC Network
Mon, Dec 8 Noon Southern at No. 9 Texas
Fran Harris & Nell Fortner
Longhorn Network
Wed, Dec 10 7 p.m. Wisconsin at Florida
Paul Sunderland & Carolyn Peck
SEC Network
Fri, Dec 12 9 p.m. Middle Tennessee State at No. 11 Kentucky
Cara Capuano & Carol Ross
SEC Network
Sun, Dec 14 1 p.m. Mercer at Alabama
Cara Capuano & Carolyn Peck
SEC Network
  3 p.m. Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers: No. 4 Tennessee at No. 24 Rutgers
Pam Ward & LaChina Robinson
ESPN2
  Northwestern State at No. 9 Texas
Fran Harris & Katie Smith
Longhorn Network
  6 p.m. Belmont at No. 11 Kentucky
Brenda VanLengen & Gail Goestenkors
SEC Network
Tue, Dec 16 7 p.m. Wichita State at No. 4 Tennessee
Paul Sunderland & Nell Fortner
SEC Network
Wed, Dec 17 8 p.m. McNeese State at No. 11 Texas
Fran Harris & Nell Fortner
Longhorn Network
Sat, Dec 20 1 p.m. No. 6 Stanford at No. 4 Tennessee
Paul Sunderland & Nell Fortner
SEC Network
Sun, Dec 21 1:30 p.m. SEC/Big 12 Challenge: No. 11 Texas vs. No. 5 Texas A&M (Little Rock, Ark.)
Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck & Cara Capuano
SEC Network
3 p.m. Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers: No. 11 Kentucky at No. 7 Duke
Beth Mowins & Stephanie White
ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. SEC/Big 12 Challenge: Oklahoma vs. Arkansas (Little Rock, Ark.)
Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck & Cara Capuano
SEC Network
  5 p.m. Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Holiday Showcase as part of Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers: No. 23 UCLA vs. No. 1 Connecticut (Uncasville, Conn.)
Dave O’Brien & Rebecca Lobo
ESPN2
Sun, Dec 28 Noon East Carolina at USF
Roy Philpott & Steffi Sorensen
ESPNU
  1 p.m. Oregon State at No. 4 Tennessee
Sam Gore & Nell Fortner
SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. Temple at Memphis
Melissa Lee & LaChina Robinson
ESPNU
Mon, Dec 29 9 p.m. No. 7 Duke at No. 1 Connecticut
Beth Mowins & Stephanie White
ESPN2
Tue, Dec 30 8 p.m. Rice at No. 9 Texas
Fran Harris & Nell Fortner
Longhorn Network
Sun, Jan 4 1 p.m. No. 1 Connecticut vs. St. John’s (New York, N.Y.) ESPN2
Mon, Feb. 9 8 p.m. No. 2 South Carolina at No. 1 Connecticut ESPN2

 

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Contact: Rachel Margolis Siegal at 860-766-2798 or [email protected]

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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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