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ESPN & ESPN2 Home to NCAA Women’s Regional Games

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The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Presented by Capital One continues across ESPN, ESPN2 and WatchESPN with the top four seeds advancing to Regional rounds. Coverage tips with No. 1 seed South Carolina facing No. 4 seed North Carolina on Friday, March 27, from the Greensboro (N.C.) Regional at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Action from Greensboro, continues at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2 with No. 2 Florida State against No. 3 Arizona State.

Also on Friday, from the Oklahoma City Regional, is No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 3 Iowa at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by No. 1 Notre Dame against No. 4 Stanford at 10 p.m. on ESPN.

Top-seeded Connecticut takes to the court against No. 5 Texas on Saturday, March 28, at noon from the Albany (N.Y.) Regional, prior to No. 3 Louisville against No. 7 Dayton, both on ESPN. The Spokane (Wash.) Regional tips at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday when No. 1 Maryland faces No. 4 Duke and No. 2 Tennessee plays No. 11 Gonzaga, at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., respectively, on ESPN.

The Regional Finals will air on Sunday, March 29 and Monday, March 30, on ESPN. Play culminates with the NCAA Women’s National Championship game on Tuesday, April 7, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and WatchESPN from Tampa Bay, Fla.

All games can be seen on WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

Additional NCAA Championship content will be available across multiple platforms, including espnW.com, SportsCenter, ESPNEWS and ESPN International

Coverage ighlights

  • Continuing to elevate the tops stars during game telecasts with ESPN’s “Need to Know” highlighting top players throughout the Tournament
  • Vignettes and segments from feature shoots at UConn, Maryland, Notre Dame and South Carolina.
  • Creative elements featuring the song “Fire and Gold” by Disney recording artist Bea Miller.
  • espnW’s Tourney Snapshots (photos from game sites) featured throughout the telecasts.
  • Interact on twitter via @espnW, @ESPN_WomenHoop and #NCAAW for the first, second and regional rounds and #NCAAWFF for the final weekend. Also interact on Facebook at com/espnW.

Commentator Highlights

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News, analysis and commentary will be provided throughout the women’s tournament leading into the Women’s Final Four in Tampa Bay. Highlights:

  • Stats, analysis and stories on additional players to watch.
  • Columnists will provide live coverage of each round of games from coast-to-coast, with video highlights of the matchups, plus Lobo will also contribute.
  • Coverage of the top stars in the women’s game through ESPN’s “3 to See” initiative – Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart (UConn) and Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame), in addition to the “Need to Know” series – 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 Amanda Zahui B. (Minnesota).
  • Tourney Snapshots, which includes team- and fan-submitted social media photos and video with behind-the-scenes access to teams, players and coaches, will return for the third consecutive season.
  • com staff and a handful of WNBA players face off in an Women’s Tournament Challenge group.
  • UConn’s dominance came to be (by Kate Fagan) and Harvard’s 16-over-1 upset of Stanford in 1998 (by Michelle Smith).
  • W @ NCAA Final Four is an exclusive espnW franchise devoted to capturing the excitement surrounding the Final Four & Championship games in Tampa Bay. The content will consist of all-access from the behind-the-scenes lens with the use of video interviews, social media activation and television integration.

FiveThirtyEight

For the first time, FiveThirtyEight will cover the probabilistic projections for the NCAA Women’s Championship. On Tuesday, March 17, the website will debut an interactive bracket that calculates each team’s chance of advancing through the rounds. In addition to updating the data in the bracket throughout the week, FiveThirtyEight’s sportswriters will deliver a variety of data-driven stories tied to the tournament.

2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Presented By Capital One Regional Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Networks
Fri, Mar 27 7 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 4 North Carolina vs. No. 1 South Carolina (Greensboro, N.C.)
Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck, LaChina Robinson
ESPN / WatchESPN
  7:30 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 3 Iowa vs. No. 2 Baylor (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Beth Mowins, Stephanie White, Maria Taylor
ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  9 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 3 Arizona State vs. No. 2 Florida State (Greensboro, N.C.) ESPN / WatchESPN
  9:30 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 1 Notre Dame (Oklahoma City, Okla.) ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Sat, Mar 28 Noon Regional Semifinal: No. 5 Texas vs. No. 1 UConn (Albany, N.Y.)
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Holly Rowe
ESPN / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 3 Louisville (Albany, N.Y.) ESPN / WatchESPN
  4:30 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 4 Duke vs. No. 1 Maryland (Spokane, Wash.)
Dave Pasch, Debbie Antonelli, Allison Williams
ESPN / WatchESPN
  6:30 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 11 Gonzaga vs. No. 2 Tennessee (Spokane, Wash.) ESPN / WatchESPN
Sun, Mar 29 Noon Regional Final (Greensboro, N.C.)
ESPN / WatchESPN
  8:30 p.m. Regional Final (Oklahoma City, Okla.) ESPN / WatchESPN
Mon, Mar 30 7 p.m. Regional Final (Albany, N.Y.) ESPN / WatchESPN
  9 p.m. Regional Final (Spokane, Wash.) ESPN / WatchESPN

 

2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Presented By Capital One Final Four Schedule (subject to change)

Sun, Apr 5 6 p.m. NCAA Women’s Final Four Special Presented by Capital One (Tampa Bay, Fla.)
Kevin Negandhi, Kara Lawson, Rebecca Lobo
ESPN / WatchESPN
  6:30 p.m. National Semifinal Game 1 (Tampa Bay, Fla.)
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Holly Rowe
ESPN / WatchESPN
  9 p.m. National Semifinal Game 2 (Tampa Bay, Fla.) ESPN / WatchESPN
Tue, Apr 7 5:30 p.m. College Basketball Live: NCAA Women’s Championship Special
Matt Schick, Brooke Weisbrod & Steffi Sorensen
ESPNU / WatchESPN
  7:30 p.m. NCAA Women’s Championship Special Presented by Capital One (Tampa Bay, Fla.)
Kevin Negandhi, Kara Lawson, Rebecca Lobo
ESPN / WatchESPN
  8:30 p.m. National Final (Tampa Bay, Fla.)
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Holly Rowe
ESPN / WatchESPN

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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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