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ESPN Networks’ NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament Schedule Features All 63 Games

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ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN360.com and ESPN FULL COURT will once again present all 63 games from the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament, for the eighth consecutive year. During the first and second rounds, ESPN and ESPN2 will present 48 games within 12 telecast windows, while ESPN FULL COURT, the out-of-market pay-per-view package, will offer complete game telecasts of all 48 games. The final 15 games from the regional semifinals, regional finals and Women’s Final Four will have national telecast windows on ESPN or ESPN2. In all, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to present 63 NCAA Tournament games within 27 telecast windows. 

Also, NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament content will be featured across other ESPN entities, including SportsCenter, ESPN.com, ESPNEWS, ESPN Radio, ESPN International, ESPN Mobile and more.   

For the third year in a row, ESPN360.com, ESPN’s broadband digital sports network, will offer complete coverage of all 63 games, while ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, will provide supplemental coverage during the first and second rounds. ESPNU will offer six of the early-round matchups, all of which are also offered regionally and/or as part of whip-around coverage on ESPN or ESPN2.  

Starting with the regional semifinals, ESPN and ESPN2 will offer every game in high definition. In addition to the Women’s Final Four, all four regional sites and women’s basketball studio specials will be available on either ESPN HD or ESPN2 HD.  

Throughout the tourney, ESPNEWS will provide pregame and postgame news conferences, pregame and postgame live shots, and interviews with key players and coaches. ESPNEWS will also have live look-ins as compelling games unfold on the road to the Women’s Final Four in San Antonio. 

Continuing a popular trend started in 2009, former Connecticut standout and 1995 national champion Rebecca Lobo will provide behind-the-scenes insight into the world of women’s college basketball on Twitter through the NCAA Women’s Final Four in San Antonio. She’ll also share off-court thoughts about her day-to-day experiences and travels at http://twitter.com/RebeccaLobo

Trey Wingo will return for his fourth year to host ESPN’s studio coverage for the NCAA Women’s Tournament alongside analysts Kara Lawson and Carolyn Peck. On April 4 and 6, Wingo, Lawson and Peck will take their show on the road as they host the network’s two on-site studio programs from the site of the 2010 Women’s Final Four from the Alamodome in San Antonio. Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Lobo and Holly Rowe will serve as the game commentators in San Antonio. A complete roster of ESPN’s talent assignments for the NCAA Women’s Tournament is listed below. 

ESPN.com will provide comprehensive coverage throughout the tournament, including insight and analysis from Mechelle Voepel, Graham Hays and Charlie Creme, as well as recaps for every game and video highlights. 

ESPN International will provide coverage of the national semifinal games along with the national championship to fans on ESPN in Latin America, ESPN Africa, ESPN Middle East, ESPN Pac Rim, ESPN Australia HD, ESPN Brazil, ESPN Brazil HD, ESPN & ESPN 2 Caribbean and ESPN America (Europe). 

SportsCenter will present studio reports with Wingo, Lawson and Peck, with reporter Shelley Smith providing live reports from San Antonio. 

First and Second Rounds – Regionalization & Home Market Protection

Whip-around Coverage: For the first two rounds, multiple games (as many as four) will begin within one telecast window on ESPN or ESPN2. Games will have staggered tip times so each window will start with one particular game. During those windows, the networks will “whip around” to the best action from different games for viewers across most of the nation (everywhere but the home markets of the competing teams). The networks plan frequent switches to and updates from other games, as the action dictates. 

Regionalization/Home Market Protection: In the home markets of the competing teams, ESPN or 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 in standard definition. ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD, however, will participate in the whip-around coverage. 

ESPNU: ESPNU will offer coverage of six early-round matchups, all of which are offered regionally and/or as part of whip-around coverage on ESPN and ESPN2. Four first-round games will be featured, while two second-round games will be televised. 

ESPN FULL COURT to Feature All Early-Round Action: Viewers who want all early-round games in their entirety can receive them through ESPN FULL COURT, the out-of-market pay-per-view package. ESPN FULL COURT, available to cable and satellite customers, plans to showcase every first- and second-round game, a supplement to ESPN and ESPN2’s coverage (fans can order ESPN FULL COURT by calling local cable or satellite provider).  

ESPN & ESPN2’s NCAA Women’s Tournament Specials

Date Time (ET) Special Network
Tue, Mar 16 3 p.m. ESPNU Coaches Spotlight ESPNU
  7 p.m. 2010 NCAA Women’s Basketball Bracket Special ESPN / ESPN HD
Sat, Mar 20 2 p.m. College Basketball Scoreboard ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD
  4:30 p.m.  College Basketball Scoreboard

  10 p.m.  College Basketball Scoreboard

Sun, Mar 21 12:30 a.m. College Basketball Scoreboard

  2 p.m. College Basketball Scoreboard

  4:30 p.m. College Basketball Scoreboard ESPN / ESPN HD
  9 p.m.  College Basketball Scoreboard ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD 
  11:30 p.m. College Basketball Scoreboard 

Mon, Mar 22 9 p.m. College Basketball Scoreboard

Tue, Mar 23 9 p.m. College Basketball Scoreboard

  11:30 p.m. College Basketball Scoreboard 

Sat, Mar 27 2 p.m. College Basketball Scoreboard ESPN / ESPN HD
  4:30 p.m. College Basketball Scoreboard ESPN / ESPN HD
  11 p.m. NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Special  ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD
Sun, Mar 28 2 p.m. NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Special ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD
  4:30 p.m. NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Special ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD
  9:30 p.m. College Basketball Scoreboard ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD
Sun, Apr 4 6:30 p.m. 2010 NCAA Women’s Final Four Special ESPN / ESPN HD
  9 p.m. College Basketball Scoreboard 

Tue, Apr 6 7:30 p.m. 2010 NCAA Women’s Championship Special 

 

2010 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Telecast Schedule (Times subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Sat, Mar 20 Noon First Round#10 Hartford vs. #7 LSU (Durham, N.C.)

#11 Princeton vs. #6 St. John’s (Tallahassee, Fla.)

#16 Austin Peay vs. #1 Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.)

#12 Bowling Green vs. #5 Michigan St. (Louisville, Ky.)

ESPN2 / ESPN360.com
  Approx 30 minutes after noon games #15 Hampton vs. #2 Duke (Durham)#14 Louisiana Tech vs. #3 Florida State (Tallahassee)

#9 TCU vs. #8 Dayton (Knoxville)

#13 Liberty vs. #4 Kentucky (Louisville)

ESPN2 / ESPN360.com
  8 p.m. #13 Chattanooga vs. #4 Oklahoma State (Tempe, Ariz.)#9 Rutgers vs. #8 Iowa (Stanford, Calif.)

#12 Marist vs. #5 Georgetown (Berkeley, Calif.)

#15 Portland State vs. #2 Texas A&M (Seattle)

ESPN2 / ESPN360.com
  Approx 30 minutes after 8 p.m. games #12 Tulane vs. #5 Georgia (Tempe)#16 UC Riverside vs. #1 Stanford (Stanford)

#13 Fresno State vs. #4 Baylor (Berkeley)

#10 North Carolina vs. #7 Gonzaga (Seattle)

ESPN2 / ESPN360.com
Sun, Mar 21 Noon #11 DePaul vs. #6 Vanderbilt (Cincinnati)#16 Southern vs. #1 Connecticut (Norfolk, Va.)

#10 Vermont vs. #7 Wisconsin (Notre Dame, Ind.)

#15 St. Francis (Pa.) vs. #2 Ohio State (Pittsburgh)

ESPN2 / ESPN360.com
  2:30 p.m. #14 East Tennessee St. vs. #3 Xavier (Cincinnati)#9 James Madison vs. #8 Temple (Norfolk)

#15 Cleveland State vs. #2 Notre Dame (Notre Dame)

#10 Middle Tenn. St. vs. #7 Mississippi St. (Pittsburgh)

ESPN / ESPN360.com
  7 p.m. #16 Northern Iowa vs. #1 Nebraska (Minneapolis)#12 Green Bay vs. #5 Virginia (Ames, Iowa)

#11 San Diego State vs. #6 Texas (Austin, Texas)

#11 Ark.-Little Rock vs. #6 Georgia Tech (Norman, Okla.)

ESPN2 / ESPN360.com
  Approx 30 minutes after 7 p.m. games #9 North Carolina State vs. #8 UCLA (Minneapolis)#13 Lehigh vs. #4 Iowa State (Ames)

#14 Lamar vs. #3 West Virginia (Austin)

#14 South Dakota State vs. #3 Oklahoma (Norman)

ESPN2 / ESPN360.com
Mon, Mar 22 7 p.m. Second Round from Durham, Tallahassee, Knoxville, Louisville ESPN2 / ESPN360.com
  9:30 p.m. Second Round from Tempe, Stanford, Berkeley, Seattle ESPN2 / ESPN360.com
Tue, Mar 23 7 p.m. Second Round from Cincinnati, Norfolk, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh ESPN2 / ESPN360.com
  9:30 p.m. Second Round from Minneapolis, Ames, Austin, Norman ESPN2 / ESPN360.com
Sat, Mar 27 Noon Regional semifinal (Memphis, Tenn.)  ESPN HD / ESPN360.com
  2 p.m. Regional semifinal (Memphis)  ESPN HD / ESPN360.com
  9 p.m. Regional semifinal (Sacramento, Calif)  ESPN HD / ESPN360.com
  11:30 p.m. Regional semifinal (Sacramento)  ESPN2 HD / ESPN360.com
Sun, Mar 28 Noon Regional semifinal (Dayton, Ohio)  ESPN HD / ESPN360.com
  2:30 p.m. Regional semifinal (Dayton)  ESPN2 HD / ESPN360.com
  7:30 p.m. Regional semifinal (Kansas City, Mo.)  ESPN2 HD / ESPN360.com
  9:30 p.m. Regional semifinal (Kansas City)  ESPN2 HD / ESPN360.com
Mon, Mar 29 7 p.m. Regional final (Memphis)  ESPN HD / ESPN360.com
  9 p.m. Regional final (Sacramento)  ESPN HD / ESPN360.com
Tue, Mar 30 7 p.m. Regional final (Dayton)  ESPN HD / ESPN360.com
  9 p.m. Regional final (Kansas City)  ESPN HD / ESPN360.com
Sun, Apr 4 7 p.m. National semifinal: San Antonio, Alamodome ESPN HD / ESPN360.com
  9 p.m. National semifinal: San Antonio, Alamodome ESPN HD / ESPN360.com
Tue, Apr 6 8:30 p.m. National championship: San Antonio, Alamodome ESPN HD / ESPN360.com

All 63 games available on ESPN360.com

All first- and second-round games available in their entirety on ESPN FULL COURT 

2010 Women’s NCAA Tournament Commentators 

First Round: March 20 & 22

Site Play-by-play Analyst
Durham, N.C. Beth Mowins Stephanie Ready
Knoxville, Tenn.  Dave O’Brien Doris Burke
Louisville  Justin Kutcher Rebecca Lobo
Tallahassee, Fla.  Jon Sciambi Abby Waner
Stanford, Calif.  Terry Gannon Mary Murphy
Berkeley, Calif.  Cara Capuano Kayte Christensen
Seattle  Allen Hopkins Krista Blunk
Tempe, Ariz.  Dave Pasch Brenda VanLengen

First Round: March 21 & 23

Site Play-by-play Analyst
Ames, Iowa  Bob Picozzi Jimmy Dykes
Austin, Texas  Carter Blackburn LaChina Robinson
Cincinnati  Bob Wischusen Stephanie White
Minneapolis  Clay Matvick Leslie Hill
Norfolk, Va.  Marc Kestecher Stephen Bardo
Norman, Okla. Dan MacLaughlin Fran Fraschilla
Notre Dame, Ind. Eric Collins Brooke Weisbrod
Pittsburgh Pam Ward Deb Antonelli

Regionals: March 27& 29

Site Play-by-play Analyst Reporter
Memphis, Tenn. Dave O’Brien Doris Burke Holly Rowe
Sacramento, Calif. Dave Pasch Mary Murphy Cara Capuano

Regionals: March 28 & 30

Site Play-by-play Analyst Reporter
Dayton, Ohio Bob Wischusen Stephanie White Rebecca Lobo
Kansas City, Mo. Pam Ward Deb Antonelli Beth Mowins

Women’s Final Four: April 4 & 6

Site Play-by-play Analyst Reporters
San Antonio Dave O’Brien Doris Burke Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe

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