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Posted by Rachel Margolis on November 9, 2012

Season-Long Women’s College Basketball Content across ESPN Platforms

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2012-13 Women’s Basketball Schedule on ESPN; Downloadable Images

Familiar Names Return to Call Record-Number of Games

The 2012-13 women’s college basketball schedule – across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 including a record-high 130 games – will showcase an ensemble of analysts with playing and coaching experience, along with veteran play-by-play announcers.

Commentator Highlights

  • Kara Lawson and Carolyn Peck will continue to be the main faces of ESPN and ESPN2 studio coverage, interchanging with hosts Cindy Brunson and Kevin Negandhi.
  • The Final Four announcing team of Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke will reunite for several top games beginning with the State Farm Tip-Off Classic between No. 6 Kentucky at No. 1 Baylor (Nov. 13, 7 p.m. on ESPN).
  • Pam Ward and Rebecca Lobo will be the lead crew for the Big Monday presented by Bud Light matchups.
  • Beginning with the February doubleheaders, Beth Mowins and Stephanie White will join in the Big Monday rotation.
  • Nell Fortner returns to ESPN (2001-04) after nine years as head coach at Auburn. She will primary call the SEC Network game-of-the-week as well as some ESPN network games.
  • New this season, former softball Olympic gold medalist Michele Smith will do play-by-play on select ACC ESPNU and ESPN3 games, while Melissa Lee, who joined the network this fall, will call select SEC and BIG EAST ESPNU games.
  • Former Big South player of the Year Brooke Weisbrod will work select BIG EAST games and two-sport star from Georgia Maria Taylor will call select SEC ESPNU games.

espnW Season Coverage

  • During each game on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU – espnW Beyond the Game will provide viewers with a peek of content on the site that compliments the game.
  • Viewers will see in game and on espnW the “3 to See” series, which will focus on the arguably the best three seniors in the nation – Brittney Griner (Baylor), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame) and Elena Delle Donne (Delaware)
  • espnW is introducing a national player of the week, chosen by a panel of espnW contributors, it will be announced every Monday afternoon
  • Mechelle Voepel, Graham Hays and Michelle Smith will write weekly, with games to watch, live coverage of contests and compelling features on players and teams around the country.
  • Additional features from Kate Fagan and analysis from Lobo.
  • The dynamic duo of Debbie Antonelli and Mowins will team up again for their weekly podcast – Shootaround with Beth and Debbie, which resumes Friday, Dec. 7 and continues every Thursday through the end of the season.
  • Charlie Creme will continue to forecast the women’s NCAA Championship field, first coming in December prior to the start of conference play and weekly updates beginning in February.
  • Lobo will continue her “Five Questions” video feature, in which she interviews some of the top talent in the nation on camera, asking a wide variety of questions to show the athletes off the court.
  • Hays will share bi-weekly mid-major power rankings, focusing on the best teams outside of the traditional big six conferences.

Analyst Predictions
Burke, Lawson and Peck weighed in with predictions of the tournament winners in the six BCS conferences and selections of the Final Four teams. For additional predictions, check out espnW.com.

  • Burke – – Duke (ACC), Connecticut (BIG EAST), Penn State (Big Ten), Baylor (Big 12), Stanford (Pac-12), Kentucky (SEC) and Final Four picks of Baylor, Connecticut, Maryland, Stanford.
  • Lawson – Duke (ACC), Connecticut (BIG EAST), Penn State (Big Ten), Baylor (Big 12), Cal (Pac-12), Kentucky (SEC) and Final Four picks of Baylor, Connecticut, Duke, Maryland.
  • Peck – Maryland (ACC), Connecticut (BIG EAST), Penn State (Big Ten), Baylor (Big 12), Stanford (Pac-12), Kentucky (SEC) and Final Four picks of Baylor, Connecticut, Duke, Maryland.

Early-Season Commentator Assignments (Schedule subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon (Nov. 13)
Tue, Nov 13 6 p.m. State Farm Tip-Off Classic: No. 6 Kentucky at No. 1 Baylor
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke & Holly Rowe
ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Sun, Nov 18 2:30 p.m. No. 2 Connecticut at No. 15 Texas A&M
Pam Ward & Carolyn Peck
ESPN2 / WatchESPN
*Sun, Dec 2 6 p.m. No. 6 Kentucky at No. 9 Louisville ESPNU / WatchESPN
Mon, Dec 3 7 p.m. Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona Extra (Hartford, Conn.): No. 5 Maryland at No. 2 Connecticut
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke & Rebecca Lobo^
ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Wed, Dec 5 7 p.m. No. 1 Baylor at No. 7 Notre Dame
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke & Rebecca Lobo
ESPNU / WatchESPN
  7:30 p.m. No. 11 Delaware at Rhode Island
Bob Picozzi & Kara Lawson
ESPN3
Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers (Dec. 15-23)
Tue, Dec 18 8 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at No. 1 Baylor
Paw Ward & Kara Lawson
ESPN / WatchESPN
Sat, Dec 29 4 p.m. No. 2 Connecticut at No. 4 Stanford
Pam Ward & Rebecca Lobo
ESPNU / WatchESPN

* – schedule addition; ^ – Lobo will serve as an analyst on game

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