Women’s basketball fans will see two familiar faces on ACC Network (ACCN), the new, 24/7 national platform that will launch on August 22, 2019. Announced today, in advance of the NCAA Women’s Final Four, former NC State forward Debbie Antonelli and Wake Forest forward LaChina Robinson will serve as analysts for ACCN’s women’s basketball coverage.
“Debbie and LaChina have their roots in ACC basketball,” said Amy Rosenfeld, ESPN senior coordinating producer and production lead for ACCN. “Our mandate is to stay true to the history of ACC while simultaneously looking forward to an exciting future, and who better to be part of this effort than Debbie and LaChina. Their remarkable perspective, having both played in the conference, coupled with their vast experience broadcasting the games, made this an easy decision to welcome them to the ACCN team.”
Antonelli, a 1986 NC State graduate, has been a major influencer in the women’s college basketball circles for over 31 years and has served as an analyst for ESPN in numerous capacities. Her announcing career also includes games for CBS, Fox Sports Net, Big Ten Network, NBATV, Westwood One, in addition to serving as an analyst for the Indiana Fever since the WNBA started in 1997. The Cary, N.C., native became the first woman in nearly 22 years to call an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game when she worked on first-round games in 2017. Antonelli was a four-year letterwinner with the Wolfpack under the guidance of legendary head coach Kay Yow, helping NC State to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including two Sweet 16 berths.
In addition to her ACCN women’s basketball duties, Antonelli will also serve as an analyst on ACCN men’s college basketball telecasts.
“I grew up on Tobacco Road. I sat on the railing across from the NC State bench as a middle school player watching and learning from those great Kay Yow teams. That’s where my love of the ACC began, and I’m thrilled I’ll be able to continue sharing the stories of this proud conference and breaking down basketball as part of ACCN basketball coverage,” said Antonelli.
A 2002 Wake Forest graduate and four-year starter as a member of the Demon Deacon women’s basketball team, Robinson has been with ESPN since 2009 as a college basketball analyst and reporter. She has been a part of NCAA Championship coverage along with WNBA games and the WNBA Draft. Along with those duties, Robinson has also appeared on NBA TV as a studio analyst for its WNBA coverage and as a social media correspondent during the NBA Playoffs. Robinson started her career with the Atlanta Dream, both on radio and television for Fox Sports South, while also serving as the color analyst on the Georgia Tech women’s basketball radio broadcasts.
“I’ve been connected to the ACC for 20 years as a player, administrator and now broadcaster. My journey has been shaped by the standard of excellence that exists across all member institutions both academically and athletically. I look forward to helping build the brand of the ACCN as we deepen its rich tradition in college athletics.”
Fans interested in learning more about ACCN can visit www.GetACCN.com.
About ACC Network
Owned and operated by ESPN in partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference, ACC Network (ACCN) is a new 24/7 national network dedicated to ACC sports set to launch August 22, 2019. Approximately 450 live contests including 40 regular-season football games, 150 men’s and women’s basketball games, and 200 other regular-season competitions and tournament games from across the conference’s 27 sponsored sports will be televised annually, plus a complement of news and information shows and original programming. Together, the ACCN and its digital platform, ACC Network Extra (ACCNE), will feature 1,300 ACC events in its first year. ESPN has been televising ACC content since 1979 and has exclusive rights to every conference-controlled game across sports and championships.