All Roads Lead to Texas – The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Begins Sunday, March 21

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All Roads Lead to Texas – The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Begins Sunday, March 21

ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Championship Presented by Capital One begins on Sunday, March 21 with first round games available for the first time on ABC, along with ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Tournament action continues throughout the month of March, culminating in the NCAA Women’s Final Four live from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas (April 2 & 4). For the first time, the entire tournament will be available full national with no regionalization of the first and second rounds. All games will be available in the ESPN App.

First and second round games will take place at various locations in and around San Antonio including the Alamodome, the University of Texas (Austin), Texas State University (San Marcos), St. Mary’s University (San Antonio) and UTSA (San Antonio).

Two teams will provide studio updates throughout the first round:

  • Host Maria Taylor with analysts Andy Landers and Rebecca Lobo
  • Host Kelsey Riggs with analysts Andraya Carter and Monica McNutt

Taylor, Landers and Lobo will handle second round duties with Carolyn Peck joining Taylor and Landers for the remainder of the tournament.

Commentator Teams
First and Second Round

  • Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo
  • Beth Mowins and Renee Montgomery
  • Beth Mowins and Debbie Antonelli
  • Courtney Lyle and Carolyn Peck
  • Pam Ward and LaChina Robinson
  • Eric Frede and Tamika Catchings
  • Kevin Fitzgerald and Christy Thomaskutty
  • Jenn Hildreth and Kelly Gramlich
  • Tiffany Greene and Steffi Sorensen
  • Sam Ravech and Brenda VanLengen
  • Roy Philpott and Brooke Weisbrod

Reporter Holly Rowe will be available throughout the first and second rounds, working a variety of game assignments.

Sweet 16 and Elite 8

  • Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo and Holly Rowe
  • Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli and LaChina Robinson

Final Four

  • Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo and Holly Rowe

Features

  • UConn Young Vibes: Geno Auriemma’s Huskies have no seniors and are led by freshman superstar, Paige Bueckers. Will those young vibes get them to title No. 12 for the program?
  • Stanford Nomads: The COVID-19 pandemic created unparalleled challenges for every team this season. Rules, postponements and cancellations led teams to adjust their schedules and travel like never before. The Stanford Cardinal juggled all that to the extreme as they spent 63 days on the road from early December to end of January, traveling over 7,500 miles to play games
  • Black History Always and United We Win: Content supporting the stories of Black female athletes and coaches will be showcased through a series of pieces that speak to unity and social justice efforts led by teams and celebrate the accomplishment of the Black pioneers in women’s basketball. This includes a piece where Dawn Staley reads her letter of thanks to Rutgers head coach, C. Vivian Stringer, who is in her 50th season of coaching and has been a trailblazer for Black female coaches.
  • Number One: Charli Collier, who has declared for the WNBA Draft will share the story of her father, who passed away of cancer when she was 16.  He always told her she would be No. 1, but he didn’t specify in what area that would be. She is the projected No. 1 pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft.
  • The Road Back: Baylor senior, DiDi Richards took over as the team’s point guard, but before she could lead her squad on the hardwood, she suffered a spinal cord injury in the team’s first scrimmage.
  • Writing Her Own Paige: UConn greats on Paige Bueckers – Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart, Swin Cash and Rebecca Lobo discuss Paige’s talent and her handling the pressure of being a star freshman.

­SEC Network
SEC Now returns for postseason coverage of the six men’s and seven women’s teams representing the Southeastern Conference in the NCAA Tournaments. Hosts Peter Burns, Alyssa Lang and Dari Nowkhah will be joined by a rotating cast of analysts throughout the two tourneys, including Carter and Sorensen, as well as former Mizzou standout Sophie Cunningham for first round action.

ACC Network
ACC Network’s All ACC will have postseason coverage of the ACC’s seven men’s teams and eight women’s teams participating in the NCAA Tournaments. Host Kelsey Riggs will be joined by analysts Carlos Boozer, Dalen Cuff, Kelly Gramlich and Muffet McGraw following each round throughout the tournaments.

espnW
espnW will have writers in San Antonio for each round, including Mechelle Voepel on site for the Sweet 16 through the national championship game. Content includes:

  • Live analysis, social posts, game coverage and highlights from each round
  • Expert picks and predictions for the tournament and, once the Sweet 16 is set, for each game
  • Voepel, Charlie Creme, Royce Young and Andrea Adelson will continue to provide analysis of the top seeds, each region, upsets and the tournament’s biggest storylines
  • Updated WNBA mock drafts during the tournament and after a champion is crowned
  • The best women’s college basketball player by jersey number
  • To mark the 20-year anniversary of Missouri State’s Final Four run, a look back at how Jackie Stiles-mania took over 2001 NCAA tournament
  • Immediately following the national title game, ESPN.com’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 rankings for the 2021-22 season will be posted
  • Elizabeth Merrill will profile Louisville senior All-American Dana Evans, who is expected to be a lottery pick in the WNBA draft
  • Katie Barnes will provide an inside look at the friendship that fuels March Madness — between UConn’s Paige Bueckers and Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs.
  • Additionally, as part of ESPN’s Women’s History Month celebration, Merrill showcases Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer, who has more wins than any coach in Division I women’s basketball history.

ESPN Audio
Before filling out the bracket, take a listen to the latest “Around the Rim” podcast, where LaChina Robinson welcomes in a few friends to share insight into what we should watch for from teams across the field ahead of the tournament. Voices include: Christy Thomaskutty, Christy Winters-Scott, Monica McNutt, Brooke Weisbrod, Brenda VanLengen, Andraya Carter, the Athletic’s Charlotte Carroll, Carolyn Peck, women’s basketball writer Michelle Smith McDonald, Tiffany Greene and Big Sky’s Mariluz Cook. Expect “Around the Rim” to bring fans updates after the first and second rounds, the Sweet 16, the Elite 8 and the Final Four.

2021 Tournament Challenge Game
ESPN’s Tournament Challenge game is once again allowing fans to compete with friends, family and others by predicting the winner of each game in the women’s tournament from the first round through the championship game. As with all ESPN Fantasy games, Tournament Challenge is free to play, and fans can submit up to 25 brackets and join up to 10 groups each for the men’s and women’s tournaments at ESPN.com/bracket or the ESPN Tournament Challenge App for iOS and Android.

NCAA Division I Women’s Championship Schedule

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
FIRST ROUND
Sun, Mar 21 Noon No. 12 Central Michigan vs. No. 5 Iowa
Eric Frede, Tamika Catchings
ESPN
  Noon No. 10 Marquette vs. No. 7 Virginia Tech
Sam Ravech, Brenda VenLengen
ESPNU
  1 p.m. No. 9 Wake Forest vs. No. 8 Oklahoma State
Tiffany Greene, Steffi Sorensen
ESPN2
  2 p.m. No. 13 Idaho State vs. No. 4 Kentucky
Courtney Lyle Carolyn Peck
ESPN
  2 p.m. No. 14 Middle Tennessee vs. No. 3 Tennessee
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
ABC
  3 p.m. No. 11 Florida Gulf Coast vs. No. 6 Michigan
Jenn Hildreth, Kelly Gramlich
ESPN2
  4 p.m. No. 16 North Carolina A&T vs. No. 1 NC State
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson
ESPN
  4 p.m. No. 15 Jackson State vs. No 2 Baylor
Beth Mowins, Renee Montgomery
ABC
  4:30 p.m. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 5 Georgia Tech
Tiffany Greene, Steffi Sorensen
ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. No. 9 South Dakota State vs. No. 8 Syracuse
Kevin Fitzgerald, Christy Thomaskutty
ESPN2
  6 p.m. No. 16 Mercer vs. No. 1 South Carolina
Courtney Lyle, Carolyn Peck
ESPN
  7:30 p.m. No. 9 Florida State vs. No. 8 Oregon State
Jenn Hildreth, Kelly Gramlich
ESPN2
  8 p.m. No. 16 High Point vs. No. 1 UConn
Beth Mowins, Renee Montgomery
ESPN
  8 p.m. No. 13 Lehigh vs. No. 4 West Virginia
Roy Philpott, Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU
  9:30 p.m. No. 9 Washington State vs. No. 8 South Florida
Kevin Fitzgerald, Christy Thomaskutty
ESPN2
  10 p.m. No. 16 Utah Valley vs. No. 1 Stanford
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson
ESPN
Mon, Mar 22 Noon No. 10 North Carolina vs. No. 7 Alabama
Jenn Hildreth, Kelly Gramlich
ESPN
  Noon No. 14 Drexel vs. No. 3 Georgia
Roy Philpott, Brooke Weisbrod
ESPN2
  Noon No. 11 BYU vs. No. 6 Rutgers
Kevin Fitzgerald, Christy Thomaskutty
ESPNU
  2 p.m. No. 13 Wright State vs. No. 4 Arkansas
Eric Frede, Tamika Catchings
ESPN
  2 p.m. No. 14 Stony Brook vs. No. 3 Arizona
Tiffany Greene, Steffi Sorensen
ESPN2
  2 p.m. No. 13 VCU vs. No. 4 Indiana
Sam Ravech, Brenda VanLengen
ESPNU
  4 p.m. No. 15 Mount St. Mary’s vs. No. 2 Maryland
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson
ESPN
  4 p.m. No. 12 Belmont vs. No. 5 Gonzaga
Kevin Fitzgerald, Christy Thomaskutty
ESPN2
  4 p.m. No 10. UCF vs. No. 7 Northwestern
Roy Philpott, Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU
  6 p.m. No. 10 Michigan State vs. No. 7 Iowa State
Courtney Lyle, Carolyn Peck
ESPN
  6 p.m. No. 15 Troy vs.  No. 2 Texas A&M
Beth Mowins, Renee Montgomery
ESPN2
  7:30 p.m. No. 12 UC Davis vs. No. 5 Missouri State
Sam Ravech, Brenda VanLengen
ESPNU
  8 p.m. No. 15 Marist vs. No. 2 Louisville
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson
ESPN
  8 p.m. No. 11 Bradley vs. No. 6 Texas
Eric Frede, Tamika Catchings
ESPN2
  10 p.m. No. 14 Wyoming vs. No. 3 UCLA
Beth Mowins, Renee Montgomery
ESPN
  10 p.m. No. 11 South Dakota vs. No. 6 Oregon
Courtney Lyle, Carolyn Peck
ESPN2
SECOND ROUND
Tue, Mar 23 3 p.m. No. 8 South Florida vs. No. 1 NC State
Jenn Hildreth, Kelly Gramlich
ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. No. 5 Iowa vs. No. 4 Kentucky
Eric Frede, Tamika Catchings
ESPNU
  5 p.m. No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 3 Tennessee
Kevin Fitzgerald, Christy Thomaskutty
ESPN2
  5:30 p.m. No. 5 Georgia Tech vs. No. 4 West Virginia
Roy Philpott, Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 8 Oregon State vs. No. 1 South Carolina
Courtney Lyle, Carolyn Peck
ESPN
  7 p.m. No. 7 Virginia Tech vs. No 2 Baylor
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson
ESPN2
  9 p.m. No. 8 Syracuse vs. No. 1 UConn
Beth Mowins, Renee Montgomery
ESPN
  9 p.m. No. 8 Oklahoma State vs. No. 1 Stanford
Tiffany Greene, Steffi Sorensen
ESPN2
Wed, Mar 24 1 p.m. No. 7 Alabama vs. No. 2 Maryland
Eric Frede, Tamika Catchings
ESPN2
  3 p.m. No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 3 Georgia
Kevin Fitzgerald, Christy Thomaskutty
ESPN2
  3 p.m. No. 13 Wright State vs. No. 5 Missouri State
Jenn Hildreth, Kelly Gramlich
ESPNU
  5 p.m. No. 7 Northwestern vs. No. 2 Louisville
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson
ESPN2
  5 p.m. No. 12 Belmont vs. No. 4 Indiana
Roy Philpot, Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 7 Iowa State vs. No. 2 Texas A&M
Courtney Lyle, Carolyn Peck
ESPN2
  7 p.m. No. 11 BYU vs. No. 3 Arizona
Tiffany Greene, Steffi Sorensen
ESPNU
  9 p.m. No. 6 Texas vs. No. 3 UCLA

Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli

ESPN2
SWEET 16
Sat, Mar 27 1 p.m. No. 5 Iowa at No. 1 UConn
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
ABC
  3 p.m. No. 6 Michigan at No. 2 Baylor
Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli, LaChina Robinson
ABC
  6 p.m. No. 4 Indiana at No. 1 NC State
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
ESPN2
  8 p.m. No. 3 Arizona at No. 2 Texas A&M
Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli, LaChina Robinson
ESPN2
Sun, Mar 28 1 p.m. No. 5 Georgia Tech at No. 1 South Carolina
Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli, LaChina Robinson
ABC
  3 p.m. No. 5 Missouri State at No. 1 Stanford
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
ABC
  7 p.m. No. 6 Oregon at No. 2 Louisville
Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli, LaChina Robinson
ESPN
  9 p.m. No. 6 Texas at No. 2 Maryland
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
ESPN
ELITE EIGHT
Mon, Mar 29 7 p.m. No. 2 Baylor at No. 1 UConn
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
ESPN
  9 p.m. No. 4 Indiana at No. 3 Arizona
Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli, LaChina Robinson
ESPN
Tue, Mar 30 7 p.m. No. 6 Texas vs. No. 1 South Carolina
Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli, LaChina Robinson
ESPN
  9 p.m. No. 2 Louisville at No. 1 Stanford
Ryan Rocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
ESPN
SEMIFINALS  
Fri, Apr 2 6 p.m. No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 1 Stanford
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
ESPN
9:30 p.m. No. 1 UConn vs. No. 3 Arizona
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
ESPN
CHAMPIONSHIP
Sun, Apr 4 6 p.m. NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship ESPN

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