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NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Second Round Continues on ESPN Networks Monday and Tuesday


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Second-round coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Presented by Capital One continues on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26 across several ESPN networks, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, WatchESPN and ESPN FULL COURT. Tournament action concludes with the NCAA Women’s National Championship game on Tuesday, April 9, on ESPN in New Orleans.

Most of the second round games will be televised on ESPN2 within four telecast windows in a whip-around format with home market protection.ESPN3 and 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.

First and Second Round – Regionalized & Home Market Protection
Coverage Highlights
Commentator Highlights
Second-Round Schedule
Regional and Final Four Schedule

First and Second Rounds – Regionalized & Home Market Protection

  • Regionalized/Home Market Protection – In the home markets of the competing teams, ESPN2 will televise the game of local interest. While constant updates from the other games will be provided, the networks will 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. During those windows, the network plans to “whip-around” to different games showcasing the best action 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.
  • ESPN3 and WatchESPN will also provide coverage of the first- and second-round games

Coverage Highlights

  • ESPN will continues to highlight the “3 to See”: Brittney Griner of Baylor, Elena Delle Donne of Delaware and Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame
  • The return of ESPN’s “photo booth,” which captured video of the teams for use during the 2012 Final Four telecasts will return with several of the top-25 teams during the earlier rounds
  • ESPN’s Rebecca Lobo sits with Baylor’s Brittney Griner and Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins for extensive, individual interviews that include tape breakdown and in-depth conversation
  • ESPN analyst Bob Knight and Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma – Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coaches with great NCAA Championship history – sat down to share stories about coaching, life and the great players of the game for use on ESPN
  • espnW tourney snapshots (photos from game sites) will be featured throughout the telecasts
  • Interact on twitter via @espnW and #NCAAW for the first, second and regional rounds and @espnW and #NCAAFF for the final weekend

Commentator Highlights

  • First-year women’s basketball studio host Kevin Negandhi joins returning analysts Kara Lawson and Carolyn Peck in ESPN’s Bristol studios throughout the tournament before they head to the Final Four in New Orleans
  • Four gold medal Olympians are part of the coverage – Swin Cash, Rebecca Lobo and Kara Lawson as players and Nell Fortner as an assistant coach
  • Reporters at each of the Regional sites including veterans Holly Rowe and Jeannine Edwards
  • Dave O’Brien returns at play-by-play for the Final Four, along with veteran analysts Doris Burke and reporters Holly Rowe and Rebecca Lobo


  • Analysis and coverage from espnW writers Charlie Creme, Graham Hays, Kate Fagan, Michelle Smith and Mechelle Voepel
  • Behind-the-scenes photo gallery of athletes, teams and scenes throughout the tournament at
  • A blogger series with student-athletes competing in the NCAA Championship, including Maggie Lucas (Penn State), Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Haley Peters (Duke), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Chiney Ogumike (Stanford) and Destiny Williams (Baylor)
  • Quick Dish: Daily notebook highlighting the biggest stories and trends from the tournament, including the daily Top 5, tweet of the day and top videos
  • The Word: A weekly online forum where a variety of hosts discuss that week’s hot topics in the news – will dedicate at least one segment each week to covering the tournament
  • Women’s Tournament Challenge: Fans and experts alike can pick their brackets and earn points throughout the tournament
  • 3 to See”: follows the college hoops trio of Delle Donne, Diggins and Griner throughout the championship

2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Presented By Capital One Second Round Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Networks
Mon, Mar 25 7 p.m. No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 4 Maryland (College Park, Md.)
Mark Kestecher & LaChina Robinson
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 UCLA
(Columbus, Ohio)

Clay Matvick & Swin Cash
No. 10 Creighton vs. No. 2 Tennessee
(Knoxville, Tenn.)

Bob Wischusen & Nell Fortner
No. 8 Vanderbilt vs. No. 1 Connecticut
(Storrs, Conn.)

Dave O’Brien & Doris Burke
ESPN2 / ESPN3Simulcast ESPNU / WatchESPN
  9:30 p.m. No. 12 Kansas vs. No. 4 South Carolina
(Boulder, Colo.)

Mark Jones & Fran Fraschilla
No. 6 Nebraska vs. No. 3 Texas A&M
(College Station, Texas)

Carter Blackburn & Maria Taylor
No. 10 USF vs. No. 2 California
(Lubbock, Texas)

Cara Capuano & Stephen Bardo
No. 5 Iowa State vs. No. 4 Georgia
(Spokane, Wash.)

Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
Tue, Mar 26 7 p.m. No. 6 Delaware vs. No. 3 North Carolina
(Newark, Del.)

Pam Ward & Rebecca Lobo
No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 2 Kentucky
(Queens, N.Y.)
Bob Picozzi & Rosalyn Gold-Onwude
No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. No. 2 Duke
(Durham, N.C.)

Joe Davis & Deb Antonelli
No. 5 Louisville vs. No. 4 Purdue
(Louisville, Ky.)

Melissa Lee & Brooke Weisbrod






  9:30 p.m. No. 6 LSU vs. No. 3 Penn State
(Baton Rouge, La.)

Tom Hart & Krista Blunk
No. 9 Iowa vs. No. 1 Notre Dame
(Iowa City, Iowa)

Holly Rowe & Brenda VanLengen

No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 1 Stanford
(Stanford, Calif.)

Dave Pasch & Mary Murphy

No. 8 Florida State vs. No. 1 Baylor
(Waco, Texas)

Beth Mowins & Stephanie White

Simulcast on ESPNU / WatchESPN

2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Presented By Capital One Regional & Final Four Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Networks
Sat, Mar 30 Noon Regional Semifinal (Bridgeport, Conn.)
Beth Mowins, Doris Burke & Holly Rowe
  2 p.m. Regional Semifinal (Bridgeport, Conn.) ESPN / WatchESPN
  9 p.m. Regional Semifinal (Spokane, Wash.)
Dave Pasch, Deb Antonelli & LaChina Robinson
  11 p.m. Regional Semifinal (Spokane, Wash.) ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Sun, Mar 31 Noon Regional Semifinal (Norfolk, Va.)
Dave O’Brien, Stephanie White & Jeannine Edwards
  2 p.m. Regional Semifinal (Norfolk, Va.) ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  4:30 p.m. Regional Semifinal (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Pam Ward, Rebecca Lobo & Maria Taylor
  6:30 p.m. Regional Semifinal (Oklahoma City, Okla.) ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Mon, Apr 1 7:30 p.m. Regional Final (Bridgeport, Conn.)
  9:30 p.m. Regional Final (Spokane, Wash.) ESPN / WatchESPN
Tue, Apr 2 7 p.m. Regional Final (Norfolk, Va.) ESPN / WatchESPN
  9 p.m. Regional Final (Oklahoma City, Okla.) ESPN / WatchESPN
Sun, Apr 7 6 p.m. NCAA Women’s Final Four Special Presented by Capital One
Kevin Negandhi, Kara Lawson & Carolyn Peck
  6:30 p.m. National Semifinal Game 1 (New Orleans, La.)
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Rebecca Lobo & Holly Rowe
  9 p.m. National Semifinal Game 2 (New Orleans, La.) ESPN / WatchESPN
Tue, Apr 9 4 p.m. Crunch Time: NCAA Women’s Championship ESPNU / WatchESPN
  5 p.m. The Experts: NCAA Women’s Championship ESPNU / WatchESPN
  6 p.m. College Basketball Live: NCAA Women’s Championship ESPNU / WatchESPN
  7:30 p.m. NCAA Women’s Championship Special Presented by Capital One
Kevin Negandhi, Kara Lawson & Carolyn Peck
  8:30 p.m. National Final (New Orleans, La.)
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Rebecca Lobo & Holly Rowe