NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Regional Action Continues on ESPN Networks Beginning Friday

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NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Regional Action Continues on ESPN Networks Beginning Friday

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  • Regional Action will air in Full National Windows on ESPN and ESPN2

The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship presented by Capital One continues Friday, March 25, across ESPN, ESPN2 and WatchESPN with all four top seeds advancing to Regional rounds. Coverage tips from the Sioux Falls, S.D., Regional on ESPN and from the Lexington, Ky., Regional on ESPN2, both beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

Both Friday Regionals will see the No. 1 seed face the No. 4 seed, as well as the No. 3 seed take on the No. 7 seed. In Sioux Falls, top-seeded South Carolina will play No. 4 Syracuse at 7 p.m. on ESPN, while No. 3 Kentucky battles against No. 7 Washington simultaneously on ESPN2. Immediately following, No. 1 Notre Dame will tip against No. 4 Stanford on ESPN from Lexington and No. 3 Ohio State will play No. 7 Tennessee on ESPN2 from Sioux Falls.

On Saturday, March 26, top-seeded Connecticut takes to the court against No. 5 Mississippi State at 11:30 a.m. from Bridgeport, Conn., prior to No. 2 Texas against No. 3 UCLA. The Dallas Regional tips at 4 p.m. on Saturday when No. 1 Baylor faces No. 5 Florida State, followed by No. 2 Oregon State playing No. 6 DePaul. The games will air on ESPN.

The Regional Finals will air on Sunday, March 27, and Monday, March 28, all on ESPN. Play culminates with the NCAA Women’s National Championship game Tuesday, April 5, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN and WatchESPN from Indianapolis.

All games will be available through WatchESPN, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices 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 and ESPN International.

Coverage Highlights
Commentator Highlights
espnW
FiveThirtyEight
ESPN.com Tournament Challenge
Regional Schedule
Final Four Schedule

Coverage Highlights

  • Full coverage of UConn chasing history for a record 11th and fourth straight title for the senior class. Plus senior Breanna Stewart chases her own history trying to become the first-ever collegiate athlete to be named MVP for four straight years.
  • Features, vignettes and segments coming from specialty shoots with UConn, Notre Dame, Baylor and South Carolina.
  • Creative elements throughout the tournament will feature the song “Strong Enough” by recording artist J’Kahi featuring Raign.

Commentator Highlights

espnW.com
News, analysis and commentary will be provided throughout the women’s tournament. 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.
  • espnW’s Tourney Snapshots returns, providing social photos from tourney-bound teams around the country beginning on Selection Monday.
  • Women’s Tournament Challenge is where fans and experts alike can pick their brackets and earn points throughout the tournament.
  • espnW.com staff and a handful of ESPN analysts and WNBA players will face off in an Women’s Tournament Challenge group.

FiveThirtyEight
FiveThirtyEight will feature an interactive bracket calculating the probabilistic projections for the NCAA Women’s Championship. 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.

ESPN.com Tournament Challenge
ESPN Men’s Tournament Challenge and ESPN Women’s Tournament Challenge both return for their 19th seasons and will once again be free for entrants to submit up to 10 entries on ESPN.com.  At the end of the tournament, all Men’s Tournament Challenge entries that finish in the top 1% are entered in a random drawing to win a trip for two to the 2016 Maui Jim Maui Invitational and a $10,000 Amazon Gift Card prize.  In the Women’s Tournament Challenge, entries that finish in the top 1% are entered in a random drawing for a $3,000 Amazon Gift Card.  Entries for the Men’s Tournament Challenge game will be accepted until just prior to the tip-off of the Tournament’s first game on Thursday, March 17.  The Women’s Tournament Challenge will accept registration until just prior to tip-off of the first game on Friday, March 18.  Guest celebrity brackets will feature a broad array of athletes, actors and ESPN personalities, including Von Miller, Big Sean, Serge Ibaka, The Muppets and many more.

Last year, the Men’s Tournament Challenge game was again the most popular bracket game in the nation, with more than 11.57 million brackets, a new all-time mark that surpasses last year’s record.  At the peak period, fans registered over 15,000 brackets per minute (250 brackets per second), among those of which was a bracket from President Barack Obama.

2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Presented By Capital One Regional Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Networks
Fri, Mar 25 7 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 1 South Carolina (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Beth Mowins, Stephanie White, Maria Taylor
ESPN / WatchESPN
  Regional Semifinal: No. 7 Washington vs. No. 3 Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.)
Dave Pasch, Debbie Antonelli, Allison Williams
ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  9 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 1 Notre Dame (Lexington, Ky.) ESPN / WatchESPN
  Regional Semifinal: No. 7 Tennessee vs. No. 3 Ohio State (Sioux Falls, S.D.) ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Sat, Mar 26 11:30 a.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 5 Mississippi State vs. No. 1 UConn (Bridgeport, Conn.)
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Holly Rowe
ESPN / WatchESPN
  1:30 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 2 Texas (Bridgeport, Conn.) ESPN / WatchESPN
  4 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 1 Baylor (Dallas, Texas)
Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck, Steffi Sorensen
ESPN / WatchESPN
  6 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 6 DePaul vs. No. 2 Oregon State (Dallas, Texas) ESPN / WatchESPN
Sun, Mar 27 1 p.m. Regional Final (Lexington, Ky.)
Dave Pasch, Debbie Antonelli, Allison Williams
ESPN / WatchESPN
  3:30 p.m. Regional Final (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Beth Mowins, Stephanie White, Maria Taylor
ESPN / WatchESPN
Mon, Mar 28 7 p.m. Regional Final (Bridgeport, N.Y.)
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Holly Rowe
ESPN / WatchESPN
  9 p.m. Regional Final (Dallas, Texas)
Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck, Steffi Sorensen
ESPN / WatchESPN

2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Presented By Capital One Final Four Schedule (subject to change)

Sun, Apr 3 5:30 p.m. NCAA Women’s Final Four Special Presented by Capital One (Tampa Bay, Fla.)
Kevin Negandhi, Kara Lawson, Rebecca Lobo
ESPN / WatchESPN
  6 p.m. National Semifinal Game 1 (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Holly Rowe
ESPN / WatchESPN
  8:30 p.m. National Semifinal Game 2 (Indianapolis, Ind.) ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Tue, Apr 5 5:30 p.m. College Basketball Live: NCAA Women’s Championship Special 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 (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Holly Rowe
ESPN / WatchESPN

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