ESPN Tips off WNBA Postseason with First Round Doubleheader

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ESPN Tips off WNBA Postseason with First Round Doubleheader

Playoffs Begin September 11 with Best-of-Five Semifinals Starting September 17

ESPN’s live presentation of every game of the 2019 WNBA Playoffs—a total of 15 games—will begin Wednesday, Sept. 11, with a first round, single-elimination doubleheader on ESPN2. Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury will visit Diamond DeShields and Chicago Sky at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Minnesota Lynx and Napheesa Collier visiting Seattle Storm and Jewell Loyd at 10 p.m. The first game will be called by Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo and reporter Holly Rowe  while the second matchup will be called by Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson and Kim Adams. Three-time WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoopes and five-time WNBA All-Star Katie Douglas will serve as studio analysts throughout the playoffs.

The semifinals will tip off Tuesday, Sept. 17, with every game of this year’s postseason airing on the ESPN networks. Additional highlights:

  • Coaches will be mic’d up during the first and second rounds and semifinals of the Playoffs, while coaches and select players will be mic’d up during The Finals.

The Semifinals will continue with Games 2 on Thursday, Sept. 19, on ESPN2, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Games 3 will play on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., with both games on ESPN2. The WNBA Finals will begin on Sunday, Sept. 29. All games will also stream live on the ESPN app.

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network
Wed, Sep 11 8 p.m. First Round:
Phoenix Mercury at Chicago Sky
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
ESPN2
  10 p.m. First Round:
Minnesota Lynx at Seattle Storm
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson, Kim Adams
ESPN2
Sun, Sep 15 3 p.m. Second Round:
TBD at Los Angeles
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
ESPN2
  5 p.m. Second Round:
TBD at Las Vegas
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson, Kim Adams
ESPN2
Tue, Sep 17 6:30 p.m. Semifinals, Game 1:
TBD at Connecticut
ESPN2
  8:30 p.m. Semifinals, Game 2:
TBD at Washington
ESPN2
Thu, Sep 19 6:30 p.m. Semifinals, Game 2:
TBD at Connecticut
ESPN2
  8:30 p.m. Semifinals, Game 2:
TBD at Washington
ESPN2

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Contact: Belen Michelis, ESPN, (860) 766-1425, [email protected]

 

 

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Belen Michelis

Belen Michelis is a senior publicist focusing on ESPN Corporate Citizenship, Spelling Bee, Invictus Games, Warrior Games, ESPN local radio (98.7FM NY, ESPNLA 710, ESPN Chicago 1000), Misc. Sports and the WNBA. Prior to joining the ESPN Communications team, Michelis worked in Ad Sales for ESPN Deportes and International from 2010-2014. Michelis graduated from Boston College in 2010.
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