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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) Game Network
Fri, Nov 9 6 p.m. Vermont at Marist ESPN3
Sat, Nov 10 TBD TBD at N.C. State (Wolfpack Invitational) ESPN3
Sun, Nov 11 2 p.m. Tennessee at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  3 p.m. TBD vs. Middle Tennessee State (WNIT) ESPN3
College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon (Nov. 13)
Tue, Nov 13 6 p.m. State Farm Tip-Off Classic: Kentucky at Baylor ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Thu, Nov 15 7 p.m. Florida at Florida State ESPN3
Sun, Nov 18 2:30 p.m. Connecticut at Texas A&M ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Wed, Nov 28 7 p.m. Iowa at Florida State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Ohio State at North Carolina ESPN3
Thu, Nov 29 7 p.m. Michigan State at N.C. State ESPN3
Mon, Dec 3 7 p.m. Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona Extra (Hartford, Conn.): Maryland at Connecticut ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Wed, Dec 5 7 p.m. Baylor at Notre Dame ESPNU / WatchESPN
  7:30 p.m. Delaware at Rhode Island ESPN3
Thu, Dec 6 8 p.m. Xavier at Middle Tennessee State ESPN3
Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers (Dec. 15-23)
Tue, Dec 18 8 p.m. Tennessee at Baylor ESPN / WatchESPN
Fri, Dec 21 Noon Washington at Georgia Tech ESPN3
Sat, Dec 29 4 p.m. Connecticut at Stanford ESPNU / WatchESPN
Sun, Dec 30 2 p.m. Boston College at Florida State ESPN3
Wed, Jan 2 5 p.m. Northern Kentucky at North Florida ESPN3
Thu, Jan 3 7 p.m. Duke at N.C. State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Maryland at North Carolina ESPN3
  7 p.m. Florida State at Georgia Tech ESPN3
Sat, Jan 5 2:30 p.m. Mercer at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  3 p.m. Appalachian State at Davidson ESPN3
  6 p.m. Louisville at DePaul BIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Jan 6 11:30 a.m. St. John’s at Rutgers ESPNU / WatchESPN
  1:30 p.m. Florida State at Maryland ESPNU / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. LSU at Florida SEC Network / ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at Mississippi ESPNU / WatchESPN
Thu, Jan 10 6:30 p.m. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at McNeese State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Wake Forest at Florida State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Virginia at Georgia Tech ESPN3
Sat, Jan 12 6 p.m. Villanova at Pittsburgh BIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Jan 13 11:30 a.m. Tennessee at Florida ESPNU / WatchESPN
  1:30 p.m. Kentucky at Missouri ESPNU / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Nebraska at Penn State ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Georgia Tech at North Carolina ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Rutgers at Notre Dame ESPNU / WatchESPN
  4 p.m. California at Stanford ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Mon, Jan 14 4:30 p.m. Norfolk State at Howard ESPNU / WatchESPN
Wed, Jan 16 noon New Hampshire at Albany ESPN3
  8 p.m. Arkansas-Little Rock at Middle Tennessee State ESPN3
Thu, Jan 17 6 p.m. Siena at Saint Peter’s ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Nicholls State at Northwestern State ESPN3
Fri, Jan 18 6 p.m. Fairfield at Iona ESPN3
Sat, Jan 19 1 p.m. Lipscomb at Stetson ESPN3
  2 p.m. Seton Hall at Georgetown BIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Jan 20 noon St. John’s at Notre Dame ESPNU / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Miami (Fla.) at Virginia ESPN3
  2 p.m. Auburn at Kentucky SEC Network / ESPN3
  3 p.m. Maryland at Georgia Tech ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  3:30 p.m. UCLA at California ESPNU / WatchESPN
  5 p.m. Texas A&M at Georgia ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Mon, Jan 21 7 p.m. Big Monday presented by Bud Light (Storrs, Conn.): Duke at Connecticut ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Wed, Jan 23 noon Stony Brook at UMBC ESPN3
Thu, Jan 24 6 p.m. Lamar at Oral Roberts ESPN3
  7 p.m. Duke at Clemson ESPN3
Fri, Jan 25 4 p.m. Marist at Manhattan ESPN3
Sat, Jan 26 4 p.m. UNC Asheville at Coastal Carolina ESPN3
  5 p.m. Vermont at Albany ESPN3
  6 p.m. Marquette at USF BIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Jan 27 1 p.m. Niagara at Canisius ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. St. John’s at Louisville ESPNU / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. North Carolina at Miami (Fla.) ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Virginia Tech at Florida State ESPN3
  2 p.m. N.C. State at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  2 p.m. Vanderbilt at Alabama SEC Network / ESPN3
  3 p.m. Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee State ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Missouri at Texas A&M ESPNU / WatchESPN
  4 p.m. Purdue at Michigan State ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Mon, Jan 28 7 p.m. Big Monday presented by Bud Light (Knoxville, Tenn.): Notre Dame at Tennessee ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Thu, Jan 31 6:30 p.m. Southeastern Louisiana at Central Arkansas ESPN3
  7 p.m. Florida State at North Carolina ESPN3
Fri, Feb 1 8 p.m. Illinois State at Wichita State ESPN3
Sat, Feb 2 12:30 p.m. Elon at Appalachian State ESPN3
  1 p.m. Longwood at Campbell ESPN3
  2 p.m. Connecticut at St. John’s BIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Feb 3 11 a.m. Dayton at Richmond ESPNU / WatchESPN
  1 p.m. Duke at North Carolina ESPNU / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Clemson at Florida State ESPN3
  2 p.m. Georgia at Kentucky SEC Network / ESPN3
Mon, Feb 4 7 p.m. Big Monday presented by Bud Light (State College, Pa.): Purdue at Penn State ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  9 p.m. Big Monday presented by Bud Light (Baton Rouge, La.): Texas A&M at LSU ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Thu, Feb 7 6:30 p.m. McNeese State at Sam Houston State ESPN3
Fri, Feb 8 7 p.m. Duke at Virginia ESPN3
Sat, Feb 9 4 p.m. Rider at Iona ESPN3
  4 p.m. UNC Greensboro at Samford ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Charleston Southern at Gardner-Webb ESPN3
  5:15 p.m. USC Upstate at Florida Gulf Coast ESPN3
  6 p.m. Cincinnati at Rutgers BIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Feb 10 11:30 a.m. North Carolina at Georgia Tech ESPNU / WatchESPN
  1:30 p.m. Georgia at LSU ESPNU / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Michigan State at Penn State ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Mississippi State at Missouri SEC Network / ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. DePaul at Connecticut ESPNU / WatchESPN
  4 p.m. Kentucky at Vanderbilt ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Mon, Feb 11 7 p.m. Big Monday presented by Bud Light (Durham, N.C.): Maryland at Duke ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  9 p.m. Big Monday presented by Bud Light (South Bend, Ind.): Louisville at Notre Dame ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Wed, Feb 13 7 p.m. Maine at Hartford ESPN3
Thu, Feb 14 6 p.m. Canisius at Fairfield ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at Nicholls State ESPN3
  7 p.m. N.C. State at Florida State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Clemson at Maryland ESPN3
Fri, Feb 15 5 p.m. Niagara at Marist ESPN3
Sat, Feb 16 noon Chattanooga at College of Charleston ESPN3
  2 p.m. Pittsburgh at Syracuse BIG EAST Network / ESPN3
  4 p.m. Radford at Liberty ESPN3
Play 4Kay as part of Rivalry Week presented by Wendy’s (Feb. 17-18)
Sun, Feb 17 1 p.m. Loyola (Md.) at Rider ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. DePaul at Louisville ESPNU / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. South Carolina at Mississippi SEC Network / ESPN3
  Albany at Hartford ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. **Notre Dame at Marquette   ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  **Oklahoma at Kansas ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  **Georgia Tech at NC State ESPN2 / 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’s ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  **Vanderbilt at Tennessee ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  **Iowa at Purdue ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Mon, Feb 18 4:30 p.m. Norfolk State at Hampton ESPNU / WatchESPN
  7 p.m. Big Monday Presented by Bud Light (College Station, Texas): Kentucky at Texas A&M ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  9 p.m. Big Monday Presented by Bud Light (Hartford, Conn.): Baylor at Connecticut ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Wed, Feb 20 8 p.m. South Alabama at Middle Tennessee State ESPN3
Thu, Feb 21 7 p.m. Boston University at Albany ESPN3
  7 p.m. Virginia at Clemson ESPN3
Sat, Feb 23 1 p.m. East Tennessee State at Jacksonville ESPN3
  2 p.m. Syracuse at USF BIG EAST Network / ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Western Carolina at Chattanooga ESPN3
  5 p.m. High Point at Presbyterian ESPN3
Sun, Feb 24 1 p.m. Purdue at Minnesota ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  1:30 p.m. N.C. State at North Carolina ESPNU / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Tennessee at Arkansas SEC Network / ESPN3
  3 p.m. Duke at Maryland ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  3:30 p.m. Notre Dame at DePaul ESPNU / WatchESPN
  5 p.m. Texas A&M at Vanderbilt ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Mon, Feb 25 7 p.m. Big Monday Presented by Bud Light (Norman, Okla.): Baylor at Oklahoma ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Thu, Feb 28 6:30 p.m. Central Arkansas at Lamar ESPN3
  7 p.m. Maryland at Florida State ESPN3
Sat, Mar 2 1 p.m. UNC Asheville at Winthrop ESPN3
  2 p.m. UMBC at Binghamton ESPN3
  4 p.m. Notre Dame at Providence BIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Mar 3 1:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at Georgia ESPNU / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Saint Joseph’s at Dayton ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. LSU at Texas A&M SEC Network / ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Tennessee at Kentucky ESPNU / WatchESPN
  4 p.m. North Carolina at Duke ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Mon, Mar 4 7 p.m. Big Monday Presented by Bud Light (South Bend, Ind.): Connecticut at Notre Dame ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Thu, Mar 7 7 p.m. Sam Houston State at Stephen F. Austin ESPN3

** – regionalized coverage