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Posted by Rachel Margolis on October 25, 2012

ESPN’s 2012-13 Women’s College Basketball Schedule Packed with Top Caliber Games

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Number of Games up Across ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3

ESPN’s 2012-13 women’s college basketball regular-season schedule includes a record-high 130 games, in addition to ESPN FULL COURT’s coverage, increasing the total number of matchups to approximately 260 games this season. ESPN networks will also have a full slate of women’s conference tournament games during Championship Week Presented by DICKS’s Sporting Goods and will continue to carry all 63 games of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.

ESPN will be home to the Tennessee at Baylor game on Tuesday, Dec. 18 as part of Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers.

ESPN2 will offer 34 regular-season games, including the network’s season-opening game featuring Kentucky at defending national champion Baylor in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic as part of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. ET. ESPN2 will also be the home for: Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona Extra on Monday, Dec. 3; Big Monday presented by Bud Light – starting January 21 through the first Monday in March; and Play 4Kay on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 17 and 18 – which also includes games on ESPNU and ESPN3.

ESPNU will televise 25 regular-season games, a slight increase from 23 a year ago. The 24-hour college sports network will host a rematch of the 2012 NCAA National Championship on Wednesday, Dec. 5 – showcasing Baylor at national runner-up Notre Dame at 7 p.m. To close out the year – on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 4 p.m. – 2012 Final Four participants Stanford and Connecticut will square-off on ESPNU. In addition, ESPNU will air two games as part of the annual Play 4Kay initiative on Sunday, Feb. 17 – a BIG EAST tilt featuring DePaul at Louisville at 1:30 p.m. and a Pac-12 matchup of Stanford at UCLA at 3:30 p.m.

ESPN3’s exclusive coverage will more than triple this season housing 93 games, including a full schedule of ACC competition. Joining ESPNU’s hefty Dec. 5 lineup – Delaware and national player of the year candidate Elena Delle Donne will be making its regular-season debut on ESPN3 when they travel to Rhode Island for a 7:30 p.m. matchup.

In addition, all live telecasts on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU and ESPN Buzzer Beater, as well as exclusive games on ESPN3 – ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network – will be available on computers at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app. WatchESPN is currently available in 40 million households nationwide to fans who receive their video subscription from Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity TV or Midcontinent Communications.

ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, will produce the BIG EAST Network (Saturday) and SEC Network (Sunday) games of the week.

Highlights:

  • College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon – Tuesday, Nov. 13
    For the fifth straight year, the State Farm Tip-Off Classic will again partake in the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, featuring Kentucky at defending national champion Baylor at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. The 24 hours of basketball programming across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will include 16 live matchups – 15 men’s and one women’s – highlighted by a special one-hour College GameDay Covered by State Farm.
  • Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona Extra on ESPN2 – Monday, Dec. 3
    ESPN, in conjunction with The V Foundation for Cancer Research, will stage and televise the 11th annual Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona Extra. Showcasing a potential top-five matchup – Maryland will face Connecticut in a first-ever meeting at 7 p.m., from the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. This year’s premier women’s event returns to the night before the Jimmy V Men’s Classic from Madison Square Garden.
  • Big Monday presented by Bud Light on ESPN2 – Every Monday from Jan. 21 – March 4
    ESPN2’s Big Monday presented by Bud Light schedule features 10 games over seven consecutive weeks, highlighted by three February doubleheaders, in the seventh year of the game-of-the-week series. The slate of games, all on ESPN2, tips off on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Monday, Jan 21. The Big Monday games will air at 7 p.m. and on the nights of doubleheaders during the 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. windows.
  • Play 4Kay on ESPN2 & ESPNU – Sunday and Monday, Feb. 12 & 13
    ESPN will show an event-high 24 teams across ESPN2 and ESPNU Sunday, Feb. 17 and Monday, Feb. 18 as part of the Play 4Kay initiative – in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund®, in partnership with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation, for women’s cancer research. In its seventh year, Play4Kay will showcase eight regionalized games within two ESPN2 telecast windows on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The majority of the country will see the best action of the day with whip-around coverage between sites and updates from other games. In the 16 home markets of the competing teams, ESPN2 will start and remain primarily with the game of local interest. Also, as part of the initiative, are two full-national telecasts on ESPNU at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., plus two Big Monday Presented by Bud Light games on ESPN2 on Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

ESPN networks will again combine to showcase the week-long men’s and women’s conference tournaments during Championship Week Presented by DICKS’s Sporting Goods from Friday, March 8-Sunday, March 17. The complete schedule will be announced at a later date.

ESPN will present the exclusive live announcement of the 64-team NCAA Championship field as part of Selection Monday on March 18 at 7 p.m., with ESPNU offering a bonus hour of coverage on the NCAA Women’s’ Basketball Selection Special Extended Coverage at 8 p.m. All 63 games of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship will air on ESPN networks for the eighth consecutive year. ESPN and ESPN2 will present its telecasts in a whip-around format with home market protection through the first two rounds. ESPN3 will offer first- and second-round games in its entirety as a supplement to ESPN and ESPN’s coverage. ESPN FULL COURT, the pay-per-view package, will offer first- and second-round games in its entirety as a supplement to ESPN and ESPN2’s coverage. The final 15 games, beginning with the Regional Semifinals, will have national telecast windows on ESPN or ESPN2. The complete schedule will be announced at a later date.

ESPN Network’s 2012-13 Women’s Basketball Schedule (Schedule subject to change)

Date Time (ET)GameNetwork
Fri, Nov 96 p.m.Vermont at MaristESPN3
Sat, Nov 10TBDTBD at N.C. State (Wolfpack Invitational)ESPN3
Sun, Nov 112 p.m.Tennessee at Georgia TechESPN3
 3 p.m.TBD vs. Middle Tennessee State (WNIT)ESPN3
College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon (Nov. 13)
Tue, Nov 136 p.m.State Farm Tip-Off Classic: Kentucky at BaylorESPN2 / WatchESPN
Thu, Nov 157 p.m.Florida at Florida StateESPN3
Sun, Nov 182:30 p.m.Connecticut at Texas A&MESPN2 / WatchESPN
Wed, Nov 287 p.m.Iowa at Florida StateESPN3
 7 p.m.Ohio State at North CarolinaESPN3
Thu, Nov 297 p.m.Michigan State at N.C. StateESPN3
Mon, Dec 37 p.m.Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona Extra (Hartford, Conn.): Maryland at Connecticut ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Wed, Dec 57 p.m.Baylor at Notre DameESPNU / WatchESPN
 7:30 p.m.Delaware at Rhode IslandESPN3
Thu, Dec 68 p.m.Xavier at Middle Tennessee StateESPN3
Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers (Dec. 15-23)
Tue, Dec 188 p.m.Tennessee at BaylorESPN / WatchESPN
Fri, Dec 21NoonWashington at Georgia TechESPN3
Sat, Dec 294 p.m.Connecticut at StanfordESPNU / WatchESPN
Sun, Dec 302 p.m.Boston College at Florida StateESPN3
Wed, Jan 25 p.m.Northern Kentucky at North FloridaESPN3
Thu, Jan 37 p.m.Duke at N.C. StateESPN3
 7 p.m.Maryland at North CarolinaESPN3
 7 p.m.Florida State at Georgia TechESPN3
Sat, Jan 52:30 p.m.Mercer at Kennesaw StateESPN3
 3 p.m.Appalachian State at DavidsonESPN3
 6 p.m.Louisville at DePaulBIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Jan 611:30 a.m.St. John’s at RutgersESPNU / WatchESPN
 1:30 p.m.Florida State at MarylandESPNU / WatchESPN
 2 p.m.LSU at FloridaSEC Network / ESPN3
 3:30 p.m.Vanderbilt at MississippiESPNU / WatchESPN
Thu, Jan 106:30 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at McNeese StateESPN3
 7 p.m.Wake Forest at Florida StateESPN3
 7 p.m.Virginia at Georgia TechESPN3
Sat, Jan 126 p.m.Villanova at PittsburghBIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Jan 1311:30 a.m.Tennessee at FloridaESPNU / WatchESPN
 1:30 p.m.Kentucky at MissouriESPNU / WatchESPN
 2 p.m.Nebraska at Penn StateESPN2 / WatchESPN
 2 p.m.Georgia Tech at North CarolinaESPN3
 3:30 p.m.Rutgers at Notre DameESPNU / WatchESPN
 4 p.m.California at StanfordESPN2 / WatchESPN
Mon, Jan 144:30 p.m.Norfolk State at HowardESPNU / WatchESPN
Wed, Jan 16noonNew Hampshire at AlbanyESPN3
 8 p.m.Arkansas-Little Rock at Middle Tennessee StateESPN3
Thu, Jan 176 p.m.Siena at Saint Peter’sESPN3
 6:30 p.m.Nicholls State at Northwestern StateESPN3
Fri, Jan 186 p.m.Fairfield at IonaESPN3
Sat, Jan 191 p.m.Lipscomb at StetsonESPN3
 2 p.m.Seton Hall at GeorgetownBIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Jan 20noonSt. John’s at Notre Dame ESPNU / WatchESPN
 2 p.m.Miami (Fla.) at VirginiaESPN3
 2 p.m.Auburn at KentuckySEC Network / ESPN3
 3 p.m.Maryland at Georgia TechESPN2 / WatchESPN
 3:30 p.m.UCLA at CaliforniaESPNU / WatchESPN
 5 p.m.Texas A&M at GeorgiaESPN2 / WatchESPN
Mon, Jan 217 p.m.Big Monday presented by Bud Light (Storrs, Conn.): Duke at ConnecticutESPN2 / WatchESPN
Wed, Jan 23noonStony Brook at UMBCESPN3
Thu, Jan 246 p.m.Lamar at Oral RobertsESPN3
 7 p.m.Duke at ClemsonESPN3
Fri, Jan 254 p.m.Marist at ManhattanESPN3
Sat, Jan 264 p.m.UNC Asheville at Coastal CarolinaESPN3
 5 p.m.Vermont at AlbanyESPN3
 6 p.m.Marquette at USFBIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Jan 271 p.m.Niagara at CanisiusESPN3
 1:30 p.m.St. John’s at LouisvilleESPNU / WatchESPN
 2 p.m.North Carolina at Miami (Fla.)ESPN2 / WatchESPN
 2 p.m.Virginia Tech at Florida StateESPN3
 2 p.m.N.C. State at Georgia TechESPN3
 2 p.m.Vanderbilt at AlabamaSEC Network / ESPN3
 3 p.m.Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee StateESPN3
 3:30 p.m.Missouri at Texas A&MESPNU / WatchESPN
 4 p.m.Purdue at Michigan StateESPN2 / WatchESPN
Mon, Jan 287 p.m.Big Monday presented by Bud Light (Knoxville, Tenn.): Notre Dame at TennesseeESPN2 / WatchESPN
Thu, Jan 316:30 p.m.Southeastern Louisiana at Central ArkansasESPN3
 7 p.m.Florida State at North CarolinaESPN3
Fri, Feb 18 p.m.Illinois State at Wichita StateESPN3
Sat, Feb 212:30 p.m.Elon at Appalachian StateESPN3
 1 p.m.Longwood at CampbellESPN3
 2 p.m.Connecticut at St. John’sBIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Feb 311 a.m.Dayton at RichmondESPNU / WatchESPN
 1 p.m.Duke at North CarolinaESPNU / WatchESPN
 2 p.m.Clemson at Florida StateESPN3
 2 p.m.Georgia at KentuckySEC Network / ESPN3
Mon, Feb 47 p.m.Big Monday presented by Bud Light (State College, Pa.): Purdue at Penn StateESPN2 / WatchESPN
 9 p.m.Big Monday presented by Bud Light (Baton Rouge, La.): Texas A&M at LSUESPN2 / WatchESPN
Thu, Feb 76:30 p.m.McNeese State at Sam Houston StateESPN3
Fri, Feb 87 p.m.Duke at VirginiaESPN3
Sat, Feb 94 p.m.Rider at IonaESPN3
 4 p.m.UNC Greensboro at SamfordESPN3
 4:30 p.m.Charleston Southern at Gardner-WebbESPN3
 5:15 p.m.USC Upstate at Florida Gulf CoastESPN3
 6 p.m.Cincinnati at RutgersBIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Feb 1011:30 a.m.North Carolina at Georgia TechESPNU / WatchESPN
 1:30 p.m.Georgia at LSUESPNU / WatchESPN
 2 p.m.Michigan State at Penn StateESPN2 / WatchESPN
 2 p.m.Mississippi State at MissouriSEC Network / ESPN3
 3:30 p.m.DePaul at ConnecticutESPNU / WatchESPN
 4 p.m.Kentucky at VanderbiltESPN2 / WatchESPN
Mon, Feb 117 p.m.Big Monday presented by Bud Light (Durham, N.C.): Maryland at DukeESPN2 / WatchESPN
 9 p.m.Big Monday presented by Bud Light (South Bend, Ind.): Louisville at Notre DameESPN2 / WatchESPN
Wed, Feb 137 p.m.Maine at HartfordESPN3
Thu, Feb 146 p.m.Canisius at FairfieldESPN3
 6:30 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Nicholls StateESPN3
 7 p.m.N.C. State at Florida StateESPN3
 7 p.m.Clemson at MarylandESPN3
Fri, Feb 155 p.m.Niagara at MaristESPN3
Sat, Feb 16noonChattanooga at College of CharlestonESPN3
 2 p.m.Pittsburgh at SyracuseBIG EAST Network / ESPN3
 4 p.m.Radford at LibertyESPN3
Play 4Kay as part of Rivalry Week presented by Wendy’s (Feb. 17-18)
Sun, Feb 171 p.m.Loyola (Md.) at RiderESPN3
 1:30 p.m.DePaul at LouisvilleESPNU / WatchESPN
 2 p.m.South Carolina at MississippiSEC Network / ESPN3
 Albany at HartfordESPN3
 2:30 p.m.**Notre Dame at Marquette  ESPN2 / WatchESPN
 **Oklahoma at KansasESPN2 / WatchESPN
 **Georgia Tech at NC StateESPN2 / WatchESPN
 **Alabama at Auburn ESPN2 / WatchESPN
 3:30 p.m.Stanford at UCLA ESPNU / WatchESPN
 5 p.m.**Maryland at Virginia ESPN2 / WatchESPN
 **Cincinnati at St. John’sESPN2 / WatchESPN
 **Vanderbilt at TennesseeESPN2 / WatchESPN
 **Iowa at PurdueESPN2 / WatchESPN
Mon, Feb 184:30 p.m.Norfolk State at HamptonESPNU / WatchESPN
 7 p.m.Big Monday Presented by Bud Light (College Station, Texas): Kentucky at Texas A&MESPN2 / WatchESPN
 9 p.m.Big Monday Presented by Bud Light (Hartford, Conn.): Baylor at ConnecticutESPN2 / WatchESPN
Wed, Feb 208 p.m.South Alabama at Middle Tennessee StateESPN3
Thu, Feb 217 p.m.Boston University at AlbanyESPN3
 7 p.m.Virginia at ClemsonESPN3
Sat, Feb 231 p.m.East Tennessee State at JacksonvilleESPN3
 2 p.m.Syracuse at USFBIG EAST Network / ESPN3
 3:30 p.m.Western Carolina at ChattanoogaESPN3
 5 p.m.High Point at PresbyterianESPN3
Sun, Feb 241 p.m.Purdue at MinnesotaESPN2 / WatchESPN
 1:30 p.m.N.C. State at North CarolinaESPNU / WatchESPN
 2 p.m.Tennessee at ArkansasSEC Network / ESPN3
 3 p.m.Duke at MarylandESPN2 / WatchESPN
 3:30 p.m.Notre Dame at DePaulESPNU / WatchESPN
 5 p.m.Texas A&M at VanderbiltESPN2 / WatchESPN
Mon, Feb 257 p.m.Big Monday Presented by Bud Light (Norman, Okla.): Baylor at Oklahoma ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Thu, Feb 286:30 p.m.Central Arkansas at LamarESPN3
 7 p.m.Maryland at Florida StateESPN3
Sat, Mar 21 p.m.UNC Asheville at WinthropESPN3
 2 p.m.UMBC at BinghamtonESPN3
 4 p.m.Notre Dame at ProvidenceBIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Mar 31:30 p.m.Vanderbilt at GeorgiaESPNU / WatchESPN
 2 p.m.Saint Joseph’s at DaytonESPN2 / WatchESPN
 2 p.m.LSU at Texas A&MSEC Network / ESPN3
 3:30 p.m.Tennessee at KentuckyESPNU / WatchESPN
 4 p.m.North Carolina at DukeESPN2 / WatchESPN
Mon, Mar 47 p.m.Big Monday Presented by Bud Light (South Bend, Ind.): Connecticut at Notre DameESPN2 / WatchESPN
Thu, Mar 77 p.m.Sam Houston State at Stephen F. AustinESPN3

** – regionalized coverage