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Posted by Rachel Margolis on March 14, 2011

ESPN Networks to Air All 63 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Games

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2011 NCAA Bracket

All Games Available in High Definition for First Time

ESPN networks will air all 63 games of the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship for the ninth consecutive year – and for the first time every game will be shown in high definition, beginning Saturday, March 19 and running through the NCAA national championship game on Tuesday, April 5. During the first two rounds, ESPN2 will present 48 games within 12 telecast windows in a whip-around format with home market protection. ESPN FULL COURT, the pay-per-view package, will offer complete games as a supplement to ESPN2’s coverage. The final 15 games, beginning with the Regional Semifinals, will have national telecast windows on ESPN or ESPN2.

ESPN3.com, ESPN’s broadband digital sports network, will offer complete coverage of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship for the fourth straight year.

Trey Wingo will return for his fifth year as host of ESPN’s studio coverage of the NCAA Championship, along with analysts Kara Lawson and Carolyn Peck. The trio will host the network’s two on-site studio programs from Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, home to the 2011 NCAA Women’s Final Four, on April 3 and 5. Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke will serve as game commentators, with Rebecca Lobo and Holly Rowe reporting. A complete roster of ESPN’s commentator assignments for the NCAA Championship is listed below.

The 2011 tournament marks the 30th anniversary of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, and ESPN will run historical vignettes throughout the tournament.

In addition, NCAA Championship content will be featured across other ESPN entities, including SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, ESPN.com, ESPN Radio, ESPN Mobile, ESPNnetworks.com and more. Additional highlights:

  • ESPN.com’s Mechelle Voepel, Graham Hays and Charlie Crème will provide news, insight, analysis and commentary on the latest developments in women’s college hoops throughout the entire NCAA Championship;  
  • ESPN International Networks will provide coverage of the national semifinals along with the title game to fans on ESPN Pac Rim, ESPN 2 Australia, ESPN Mid East, ESPN Brazil HD, ESPN Latin North, ESPN Latin South, ESPN Caribbean and ESPN America (Europe);
  • SportsCenter and ESPNEWS will provide coverage of key, pregame and postgame news conferences, game highlights and interviews with players and coaches during the entire Championship;
  • ESPNFrontRow.com debuts March 30 and will offer behind-the-scenes views of our coverage of the NCAA Championship semifinals and finals.

First and Second Rounds – Regionalization & Home Market Protection

Regionalized/Home Market Protection In the home markets of the competing teams, ESPN2 will primarily televise the game of local interest. While constant updates from the other games will be provided, the networks, for the most part, will generally not switch to another game during live action, thereby establishing home market protection.

Whip-Around Coverage For the first and second rounds, multiple games (as many as four) will begin within one telecast window on ESPN2. During those windows, the network plans to “whip-around” or switch to the best action from different games for viewers in the majority of the nation (except in the home markets of the competing teams). Select games will be made available to a full national audience on ESPNU.

ESPN Network’s NCAA Women’s Championship Specials (All times are subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Special Network
Tuesday, Mar 15 1 p.m. College Basketball Live: NCAA Women’s Tournament Coaches Special Presented by Delta Air Lines ESPNU / ESPNU HD
7 p.m. NCAA Women’s Basketball Bracket Special Presented by Capital One ESPN / ESPN HD
Saturday, Mar 26 11 p.m. NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Special Presented by Capital One ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD
Sunday, Mar 27 2 p.m. NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Special Presented by Capital One ESPN2 /ESPN2 HD
Sunday, Apr 3 6:30 p.m. NCAA Women’s Final Four Special Presented by Capital One ESPN / ESPN2 HD
Tuesday, Apr 5 1 p.m. The Experts: Women’s Tournament Special ESPNU /ESPNU HD
2 p.m. Crunch Time: Women’s Tournament ESPNU /ESPNU HD
6 p.m. College Basketball Live: Women’s National Championship Special ESPNU /ESPNU HD
7:30 p.m. NCAA Women’s Championship Special Presented Capital One ESPN / ESPN HD

2011 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Presented by Capital One Schedule

(All times are subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Saturday, Mar 19 11 a.m. First Round
No. 12 Bowling Green vs. No. 5 Georgia Tech (Columbus, Ohio)
No. 10 Marist vs. No. 7 Iowa State (Durham, N.C.)
No. 16 Stetson vs. No. 1 Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.)
No. 11 Dayton vs. No. 6 Penn State (University Park, Pa.)
ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
Approx. 30 minutes after completion of 11 a.m. games No. 13 Central Florida vs. No. 4 Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio)
No. 15 Tennessee-Martin vs. No. 2 Duke
(Durham, N.C.)
No. 9 Texas vs. No. 8 Marquette (Knoxville, Tenn.)
No. 14 Navy vs. No. 3 DePaul (University Park, Pa.)
ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
4 p.m. No. 12 Fresno State vs. No. 5 North Carolina* (Albuquerque, N.M.)
No. 10 Temple vs. No. 7 Arizona State
(Salt Lake City, Utah)
No. 11 Gonzaga vs. No. 6 Iowa (Spokane, Wash.)No. 9 St. John’s vs. No. 8 Texas Tech (Stanford, Calif.)
ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
Approx. 30 minutes after completion of 4 p.m. games No. 13 Hampton vs. No. 4 Kentucky (Albuquerque, N.M.)
No. 15 Utah vs. No. 2 Notre Dame
(Salt Lake City, Utah)
No. 14 Montana vs. No. 3 UCLA (Spokane, Wash.)
No. 16 UC Davis vs. No. 1 Stanford (Stanford, Calif.)
ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
Sunday, Mar 20 Noon First Round
No. 14 Gardner-Webb vs. No. 3 Miami (FL) (Charlottesville, Va.)
No. 10 Vanderbilt vs. No. 7 Louisville
(Cincinnati, Ohio)
No. 13 Saint Francis (PA) vs. No. 4 Maryland (College Park, Md.)
No. 16 Hartford vs. No. 1 Connecticut (Storrs, Conn.)
ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
Approx. 30 minutes after completion of Noon games No. 11 James Madison vs. No. 6 Oklahoma (Charlottesville, Va.)
No. 15 South Dakota State vs. No. 2 Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio)No. 12 Princeton vs. No. 5 Georgetown (College Park, Md.)No. 9 Purdue vs. No. 8 Kansas St.* (Storrs, Conn.)
ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
5 p.m. No. 14 Samford vs. No. 3 Florida State (Auburn, Ala.)
No. 15 McNeese State vs. No. 2 Texas A&M* (Shreveport, La.)
No. 9 Virginia vs. No. 8 Houston (Waco, Texas)
No. 12 Arkansas-Little Rock vs. No. 5 Green Bay(Wichita, Kan.)
ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
Approx. 30 minutes after completion of 5 p.m. games No. 11 Middle Tennessee vs. No. 6 Georgia
(Auburn, Ala.)
No. 10 Louisiana Tech vs. No. 7 Rutgers* (Shreveport, La.)
No. 16 Prairie View vs. No. 1 Baylor
(Waco, Texas)
No. 13 Northern Iowa vs. No. 4 Michigan State (Wichita, Kan.)
ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
Monday, Mar 21 7 p.m. Second Round (Columbus, Ohio, Durham, N.C., Knoxville, Tenn., University Park, Pa.) ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
9:30 p.m. Second Round (Albuquerque, N.M.,
Salt Lake City, Utah, Spokane, Wash.,
Stanford, Calif.)
ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
Tuesday, Mar 22 7 p.m. Second Round (Charlottesville, Va.,
Cincinnati, Ohio, College Park, Md., Storrs, Conn.)
ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
9:30 p.m. Second Round (Auburn, Ala., Shreveport, La., Waco, Texas,Wichita, Kan.) ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
Saturday, Mar 26 Noon Regional Semifinal (Dayton, Ohio) ESPN / ESPN HD / ESPN3.com
2:30 p.m. Regional Semifinal (Dayton, Ohio) ESPN / ESPN HD / ESPN3.com
9 p.m. Regional Semifinal (Spokane, Wash.) ESPN / ESPN HD / ESPN3.com
11:30 p.m. Regional Semifinal (Spokane, Wash.) ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
Sunday, Mar 27 Noon Regional Semifinal (Philadelphia, Pa.) ESPN / ESPN HD / ESPN3.com
2:30 p.m. Regional Semifinal (Philadelphia, Pa.) ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
4:30 p.m. Regional Semifinal (Dallas, Texas) ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
7 p.m. Regional Semifinal (Dallas, Texas) ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
Monday, Mar 28 7 p.m. Regional Final (Dayton, Ohio) ESPN / ESPN HD / ESPN3.com
9 p.m. Regional Final (Spokane, Wash.) ESPN / ESPN HD / ESPN3.com
Tuesday, Mar 29 7 p.m. Regional Final (Philadelphia, Pa.) ESPN / ESPN HD / ESPN3.com
9 p.m. Regional Final (Dallas, Texas) ESPN / ESPN HD / ESPN3.com
Sunday, Apr 3 7 p.m. National Semifinal (Indianapolis, Ind.) ESPN / ESPN HD / ESPN3.com
9:30 p.m. National Semifinal (Indianapolis, Ind.) ESPN / ESPN HD / ESPN3.com
Tuesday,  Apr 5 8:30 p.m. National Final (Indianapolis, Ind.) ESPN / ESPN HD / ESPN3.com

* – also available in its entirety on ESPNU and ESPNU HD

2011 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Commentators

First & Second Round

Saturday, March 19 & Monday, March 21

Site Play-by-Play Analyst
Columbus, Ohio Jon Sciambi Stephen Bardo
Durham, N.C. Dave Flemming Kayte Christensen
Knoxville, Tenn. Dave O’Brien Debbie Antonelli
University Park, Pa. Justin Kutcher Brenda VanLengen
Albuquerque, N.M. Clay Matvick Tamika Raymond
Salt Lake City, Utah Holly Rowe Sean Farnham
Spokane, Wash. Marc Kestecher Krista Blunk
Stanford, Calif. Dave Pasch Mary Murphy

Sunday, March 20 & Tuesday, March 22

Site Play-by-Play Analyst
Charlottesville, Va. Beth Mowins Rosalyn Gold-Onwude
Cincinnati, Ohio Bob Wischusen Brooke Weisbrod
College Park, Md. Bob Picozzi Rebecca Lobo
Storrs, Conn. Mark Jones Doris Burke
Auburn, Ala. Cara Capuano LaChina Robinson
Shreveport, La. Carter Blackburn Fran Fraschilla
Waco, Texas Pam Ward Stephanie White
Wichita, Kan. Dan McLaughlin Abby Waner

Regionals

Saturday, March 26 & Monday, March 28

Site Play-by-Play Analyst Reporter
Dayton, Ohio Dave Flemming Rebecca Lobo Todd Harris
Spokane, Wash. Dave Pasch Debbie Antonelli Heather Cox

Sunday, March 27 & Tuesday, March 29

Site Play-by-Play Analyst Reporter
Philadelphia, Pa. Dave O’Brien Doris Burke Holly Rowe
Dallas, Texas Pam Ward Stephanie White Beth Mowins

Final Four

Sunday, April 3 & Tuesday, April 5

Site Play-by-Play Analyst Reporter
Indianapolis, Ind. Dave O’Brien Doris Burke Holly Rowe &
      Rebecca Lobo

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