ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm Travels to Iowa on Feb. 26 for Top-10 Women’s Matchup Between Hoosiers and Hawkeyes

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ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm Travels to Iowa on Feb. 26 for Top-10 Women’s Matchup Between Hoosiers and Hawkeyes

  • GameDay’s first trip to Carver-Hawkeye Arena will showcase No. 2 Indiana at No. 7 Iowa
  • The second of three women’s GameDay shows this season for ESPN

ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm® will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, on Sunday, Feb. 26, for the second of three women’s college basketball traveling shows this season. The one-hour live show will air at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN ahead of the top-10 matchup between No. 2 Indiana and No. 7 Iowa and marks the first-ever visit to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the GameDay franchise.

Elle Duncan will host the show alongside women’s college basketball commentators Andraya CarterRebecca LoboCarolyn Peck and Holly Rowe providing analysis, interviews and features ahead of the Big Ten showdown. Dave O’Brien joins Lobo and Rowe on the game call at 2 p.m. on ESPN.

“Our program is thrilled to be one-of-three schools selected this season to have College GameDay on our campus,” said Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder. “It’s a huge honor and we are looking forward to showcasing our program on one of the best stages in sports.”

The Feb. 26 game is a pivotal game for Indiana and Iowa, the top two teams vying for the Big Ten women’s title. The Hoosiers won the first meeting last week in Bloomington in front of a record crowd of more than 13,000 fans. The Hawkeyes are led by junior guard and Player of the Year candidate Caitlin Clark, who is second in the nation in scoring and assists with 13 double-doubles. Indiana is on a 12-game winning streak with senior forward Mackenzie Holmes averaging 22.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game while shooting 69% from the field.

“We’ve had our eye on this Indiana-Iowa matchup all season for women’s College GameDay as an opportunity to showcase these outstanding programs and top players like Caitlin Clark and MacKenzie Holmes,” said Patricia Lowry, ESPN vice president of production. “We’re thrilled to travel to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the first time and we expect a great atmosphere with the way students and fans at Iowa support this program and this rivalry.”

College GameDay is making three visits to women’s games this season. The schedule tipped off in Knoxville, Tenn., on Jan. 26 when the Tennessee-UConn rivalry was renewed. Details regarding the final women’s college basketball show will be released in the coming weeks.


Julie McKay

I joined ESPN in 2022 as a member of the communications department working on college sports. My passion for college sports came at an early age in a divided household (Big Ten Conference-divided, that is) and followed that to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (sorry, Dad). Four years in the Athletic Communications Department, along with internships with the Big Ten Conference, Big Ten Network and NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, cemented my career path. After spending some time in sports media PR in San Francisco, I’ve spent five-plus years focused in golf, with stints at the American Junior Golf Association, Augusta National and Buffalo Agency, working with the USGA, Youth on Course and Destination Kohler, among others. Despite being a proud Wisconsin native, I’ll forever betray my home state as a lifelong Chicago sports fan. My dog Rizzo knows there’s always next year and wishes his namesake would return home to the North Side.
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