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ESPN to Provide Coverage of More Than 20 Women’s Conference Championships During Champ Week

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  • Record-165 Women’s Postseason Basketball Games on ESPN Networks
  • Five Conference Champions to be Crowned on ESPN2

ESPN’s 2017 Champ Week tips off Wednesday, March 1, and will feature a record-165 women’s basketball games across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and ESPN3. With more than 20 conferences playing on television and digital platforms, ESPN leads the industry in women’s college basketball postseason coverage. Thirteen Division I conference champions will be crowned on one of ESPN’s television networks, with another eight competing for a conference title on ESPN3.

The Champ Week schedule includes a total of 336 men’s and women’s basketball games – including 297 exclusive contests – across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, SEC Network and ESPN3 from 26 Division I conferences.

Women’s Champ Week Highlights

  • Five conference champions to be crowned on ESPN2
    • Four champions will punch their ticket to the NCAA Women’s Championship on Sunday, March 5: ACC (1 p.m.), SEC (3 p.m.), Big Ten (Mar. 5, 7 p.m.), Pac-12 (9 p.m.)
    • The American title game will be played on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m. The entire championship will be available exclusively on an ESPN network, with the first and quarterfinal rounds on ESPN3 and semifinals on ESPN2.
  • Total of 21 Division I women’s title games on ESPN networks
  • America East, Atlantic-10, Horizon League, Ivy League, MAAC, Northeast, Summit League, and West Coast conference title games will all be played on ESPNU
  • ACC and SEC trophy presentations will be available following the championship title games on ACC Network Extra and SEC Network +, respectively

Studio

  • Analyst Andy Katz will join host Chris Cotter on Saturday, March 4, for the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinal from ESPN’s Bristol studios
  • Host Maria Taylor and analysts Rebecca Lobo and Andy Landers will be joined by Charlie Creme for coverage of several tournaments on ESPN2, including the AAC, ACC, SEC, and Pac-12 (Sunday, March 5)
  • Taylor and Landers will be in studio for Monday’s conference matchups, including the American title game

SEC Network Coverage

  • The first, second and quarterfinal rounds of the tournament will be televised on SEC Network
  • SEC Now, hosted by Maria Taylor with analysts Landers and Nell Fortner, will provide pre-game, halftime and post-game insights on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from Greenville, S.C.
  • Analyst Tamika Catchings and play-by-play Courtney Lyle will both make their tournament commentating debut, after joining the network earlier this year; Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors and Steffi Sorensen will call evening games during the week, as well as the semifinals and championship game

Champ Week Music

Chiddy Bang recorded a cover of “Gonna Make You Sweat” for ESPN’s Champ Week coverage, plus Sage the Gemini presents a special ESPN edit of “Now and Later”.

espnW

espnW will provide coverage of Champ Week from start to finish, which will include daily bracketology updates from Creme. Writers will be on-site at several conference tournaments—Mechelle Voepel (Big 12 & SEC), Michelle Smith (Pac-12) and Vicki Friedman (ACC). For stories and updates, visit espnw.com and follow @espnW/@ESPN_WomenHoop.

NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship

Celebrating its 30th year, ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship begins Friday, March 17, with every round of the championship airing on ESPN or ESPN2. All teams participating in the championship will be announced during the NCAA Women’s Selection Special Presented by Capital One on Monday, Mar. 13 (7 p.m., ESPN).

The Women’s Final Four will be live from American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, March 31, and Sunday, April 2.

2017 Women’s College Basketball Champ Week Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Games/Commentators Network
Wed, Mar 1 11 a.m. SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Greenville, S.C.): First Round, Game 1
Courtney Lyle, Tamika Catchings, Steffi Sorensen
SEC Network
  1 p.m. SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Greenville, S.C.): First Round, Game 2
Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors, Steffi Sorensen
SEC Network
  2 p.m. Ohio Valley Women’s Basketball Tournament (Nashville, Tenn.): Quarterfinal ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Ohio Valley Women’s Basketball Tournament (Nashville, Tenn.): Quarterfinal ESPN3
  6 p.m. South Atlantic Women’s Basketball Tournament (campus of higher seed): Quarterfinal ESPN3
Thu, Mar 2 Noon SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Greenville, S.C.): Second Round, Game 1
Courtney Lyle, Tamika Catchings, Steffi Sorensen
SEC Network
  2 p.m. Ohio Valley Women’s Basketball Tournament (Nashville, Tenn.): Quarterfinal ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Greenville, S.C.): Second Round, Game 2
Courtney Lyle, Tamika Catchings, Steffi Sorensen
SEC Network
  4:30 p.m. Ohio Valley Women’s Basketball Tournament (Nashville, Tenn.): Quarterfinal ESPN3
  6 p.m. SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Greenville, S.C.): Second Round, Game 3
Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors, Steffi Sorensen
SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Greenville, S.C.): Second Round, Game 4
Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors, Steffi Sorensen
SEC Network
Fri, Mar 3 Noon SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Greenville, S.C):
Courtney Lyle, Tamika Catchings, Steffi Sorensen
SEC Network
  Little Caesars Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournament (Detroit, Mich.): First Round, Game 1 ESPN3
  TBD ASUN Women’s Basketball Tournament (campus of higher seed): Quarterfinal ESPN3
  ASUN Women’s Basketball Tournament (campus of higher seed): Quarterfinal ESPN3
  ASUN Women’s Basketball Tournament (campus of higher seed): Quarterfinal ESPN3
  ASUN Women’s Basketball Tournament (campus of higher seed): Quarterfinal ESPN3
  1 p.m. Ohio Valley Women’s Basketball Tournament (Nashville, Tenn.): Semifinal ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Greenville, S.C.): Third Round
Courtney Lyle, Tamika Catchings, Steffi Sorensen
SEC Network
  2:30 p.m. Little Caesars Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournament (Detroit, Mich.): First Round, Game 2 ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Ohio Valley Women’s Basketball Tournament (Nashville, Tenn.): Semifinal ESPN3
  4 p.m. Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship (Uncasville, Conn.): First Round, Game 1
Bob Picozzi, Katie Smith
ESPN3
  6 p.m. SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Greenville, S.C.): Third Round
Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors, Steffi Sorensen
SEC Network
  Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship (Uncasville, Conn.): First Round, Game 2
Bob Picozzi, Katie Smith
ESPN3
  8 p.m. Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship (Uncasville, Conn.): First Round, Game 3
Jay Alter, Dan Hughes
ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Greenville, S.C.): Third Round
Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors, Steffi Sorensen
SEC Network
Sat, Mar 4 11:30 a.m. Little Caesars Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournament (Detroit, Mich.): Second Round, Game 1 ESPN3
  Noon ACC Women’s Basketball Championship (Conway, S.C.): Semifinal #1
Beth Mowins, Deb Antonelli
ESPN2
  Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship (Uncasville, Conn.): Quarterfinal #1
Bob Picozzi, Katie Smith
ESPN3
  South Atlantic Women’s Basketball Tournament (campus of higher seed): Semifinals ESPN3
  America East Women’s Basketball Championship (Portland, Maine): Quarterfinal ESPN3
  2 p.m. Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship (Uncasville, Conn.): Quarterfinal #2
Bob Picozzi, Katie Smith
ESPN3
  Little Caesars Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournament (Detroit, Mich.): Second Round, Game 2 ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. South Atlantic Women’s Basketball Tournament (campus of higher seed): Semifinals ESPN3
  America East Women’s Basketball Championship (Portland, Maine): Quarterfinal ESPN3
  ACC Women’s Basketball Championship (Conway, S.C.): Semifinal #2
Beth Mowins, Deb Antonelli
ESPNU
  3 p.m. Ohio Valley Women’s Basketball Tournament (Nashville, Tenn.): Final ESPN3
  5 p.m. SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Greenville, S.C.): Semifinal #1
Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors, Steffi Sorensen
ESPNU
  PacWest Conference Women’s Basketball Championship (campus of higher seed): Championship ESPN3
  6 p.m. Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship (Uncasville, Conn.): Quarterfinal #3
Jay Alter, Dan Hughes
ESPN3
  America East Women’s Basketball Championship (Portland, Maine): Quarterfinal ESPN3
  7 p.m. SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Greenville, S.C.) : Semifinal #2
Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors, Steffi Sorensen
ESPNU
  8 p.m. Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship (Uncasville, Conn.): Quarterfinal #4
Jay Alter, Dan Hughes
ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. America East Women’s Basketball Championship (Portland, Maine): Quarterfinal ESPN3
Sun, Mar 5 11 a.m. MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship (Albany, N.Y.): Semifinal #1 ESPN3
  Noon Little Caesars Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournament (Detroit, Mich.): Second Round, Game 3 ESPN3
  Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship (Richmond, Va.): Championship
Eric Frede, Angel Gray
ESPNU
  1 p.m. ACC Women’s Basketball Championship (Conway, S.C.) : Championship
Beth Mowins, Deb Antonelli
ESPN2
  South Atlantic Women’s Basketball Tournament (campus of higher seed): Championship ESPN3
  Sunshine State Conference Women’s Basketball Championship (Daytona Beach, Fla.): Championship ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship (Albany. N.Y.): Semifinal #2 ESPN3
  2 p.m. America East Women’s Basketball Championship (Portland, Maine): Semifinal ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Little Caesars Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournament (Detroit, Mich.): Second Round, Game 4 ESPN3
  3 p.m. SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Greenville, S.C.) : Championship
Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors, Steffi Sorensen
ESPN2
  4:30 p.m. America East Women’s Basketball Championship (Portland, Maine): Semifinal ESPN3
  5 p.m. Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Women’s Championship (Uncasville, Conn.): Semifinal #1
Bob Picozzi, Katie Smith
ESPN2
  7 p.m. Big Ten Women’s Basketball Championship (Indianapolis, IN USA): Championship
Courtney Lyle, Christy Winters-Scott
ESPN2
  7:30 p.m. Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Women’s Championship (Uncasville, Conn.): Semifinal #2
Bob Picozzi, Katie Smith
ESPNU
  9 p.m. Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Championship (Seattle, Wa.) : Championship
Paul Sunderland, Mike Thibault, Elise Woodward
ESPN2
Mon, Mar 6 11 a.m. MEAC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Norfolk, Va.): First Round, Game 1 ESPN3
  Noon MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by visitmyrtlebeach.com (Cleveland, Ohio): First Round, Game 1 ESPN3
  1 p.m. MEAC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Norfolk, Va.): First Round, Game 2 ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Little Caesars Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournament (Detroit, Mich.): Semifinal #1 ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by visitmyrtlebeach.com (Cleveland, Ohio): First Round, Game 2 ESPN3
  3 p.m. MEAC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Norfolk, Va.): First Round, Game 3 ESPN3
  4 p.m. Little Caesars Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournament (Detroit, Mich.): Semifinal #2 ESPN3
  5 p.m. MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship (Albany, N.Y.): Championship
Doug Sherman, Julianne Viani
ESPNU
  6 p.m. MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by visitmyrtlebeach.com (Cleveland, Ohio): First Round, Game 3 ESPN3
  7 p.m. Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Women’s Championship (Uncasville, Conn.): Championship
Bob Picozzi, Rebecca Lobo
ESPN2
  8:30 p.m. MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by visitmyrtlebeach.com (Cleveland, Ohio): First Round, Game 4 ESPN3
Tue, Mar 7 Noon Horizon League Women’s Basketball Championship (Detroit, Mich.): Championship
Sam Gore, Dan Hughes
ESPNU
  MEAC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Norfolk, Va.): First Round, Game 4 ESPN3
  12:30 p.m. Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Championship (New Orleans, La.): First Round, Game 1 ESPN3
  2 p.m. Summit League Women’s Basketball Championship (Sioux Falls, S.D.): Championship
Clay Matvick, Steffi Sorensen
ESPNU
  MEAC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Norfolk, Va.): First Round, Game 5 ESPN3
  3 p.m. Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Championship (New Orleans, La.): First Round, Game 2 ESPN3
  4 p.m. West Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament (Las Vegas, Nev.) : Championship
Paul Sunderland, Mike Thibault
ESPNU
  6 p.m. Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Championship (New Orleans, La.): First Round, Game 3 ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Championship (New Orleans, La.): First Round, Game 4 ESPN3
  9 p.m. Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament (Long Beach, Calif.): First Round ESPN3
  11:30 p.m. Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament (Long Beach, Calif.): First Round ESPN3
Wed, Mar 8 Noon MEAC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Norfolk, Va.): Quarterfinal #1 ESPN3
  TBD ASUN Women’s Basketball Tournament (campus of higher seed): Semifinal ESPN3
  ASUN Women’s Basketball Tournament  (campus of higher seed): Semifinal ESPN3
  2 p.m. MEAC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Norfolk, Va.): Quarterfinal #2 ESPN3
  7 p.m. Northeast Women’s Basketball Tournament (campus of higher seed): Semifinal ESPN3
  Northeast Women’s Basketball Tournament (campus of higher seed): Semifinal ESPN3
  9 p.m. Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament (Long Beach, Calif.): Quarterfinal ESPN3
  11:30 p.m. Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament (Long Beach, Calif.): Quarterfinal ESPN3
Thu, Mar 9 Noon Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament (Katy, Texas): First Round ESPN3
  MEAC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Norfolk, Va.): Quarterfinal #3 ESPN3
  12:30 p.m. Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Championship (New Orleans, La.): Quarterfinal #1 ESPN3
  2 p.m. MEAC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Norfolk, Va.): Quarterfinal #4 ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament (Katy, Texas): First Round ESPN3
  3 p.m. Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Championship (New Orleans, La.): Quarterfinal #2 ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament Preview (Moline, Ill.): ESPN3
  5 p.m. MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Moline, Ill.): Opening Round ESPN3
  6 p.m. Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Championship (New Orleans, La.): Quarterfinal #3 ESPN3
  8 p.m. MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Moline, Ill.): Opening Round ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Championship (New Orleans, La.): Quarterfinal #4 ESPN3
Fri, Mar 10 Noon Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament (Katy, Texas): Second Round ESPN3
  MEAC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Norfolk, Va.): Semifinal #1 ESPN3
  Big South Women’s Basketball Championship (Lynchburg, Va.): Quarterfinal #1 ESPN3
  1 p.m. MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Moline, Ill.): Quarterfinal ESPN3
  2 p.m. MEAC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Norfolk, Va.): Semifinal #2 ESPN3
  Big South Women’s Basketball Championship (Lynchburg, Va.): Quarterfinal #2 ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament (Katy, Texas): Second Round ESPN3
  3 p.m. Western Athletic Women’s Basketball Tournament (Las Vegas, NV USA): Semifinal ESPN3
  3 p.m. Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament (Anaheim, Calif.): Semifinal ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Missouri Valley Women’s Basketball Tournament (Moline, Ill.): Quarterfinal ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. America East Women’s Basketball Championship (Portland, Maine): Championship
Eric Frede, TBD
ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. Western Athletics Women’s Basketball Tournament (Las Vegas, NV USA): Semifinal ESPN3
  Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament Tournament (Anaheim, Calif.): Semifinal ESPN3
  6 p.m. Big South Women’s Basketball Championship (Lynchburg, Va.): Quarterfinal #3 ESPN3
  7 p.m. Missouri Valley Women’s Basketball Tournament (Moline, Ill.): Quarterfinal ESPN3
  8 p.m. Big South Women’s Basketball Championship (Lynchburg, Va.): Quarterfinal #4 ESPN3
  9:30 p.m. Missouri Valley Women’s Basketball Tournament (Moline, Ill.): Quarterfinal ESPN3
Sat, Mar 11 11 a.m. Ivy League Women’s Basketball Championship (Philadelphia, Pa.): Semifinal #1^
Brenda VanLengen, Carol Ross
ESPN3
  12:30 p.m. Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Championship (New Orleans, La.): Semifinal #1 ESPN3
  2 p.m. SWAC Women’s Basketball Championship (Houston, Texas): Championship&
Ted Emrich, Dan Hughes
ESPN3
  Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament (Katy, Texas): Semifinal ESPN3
  Big South Women’s Basketball Championship (Lynchburg, Va.): Semifinal #1 ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Missouri Balley Women’s Basketball Tournament (Moline, Ill.): Semifinal ESPN3
  3 p.m. MEAC Women’s Basketball Championship (Norfolk, Va.): Championship*
Roy Philpott, LaChina Robinson
ESPN3
  Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Championship (New Orleans, La.): Semifinal #2 ESPN3
  4 p.m. Big South Women’s Basketball Championship (Lynchburg, Va.): Semifinal #2 ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament (Katy, Texas): Semifinal ESPN3
  5 p.m. Missouri Valley Women’s Basketball Tournament (Moline, Ill.): Semifinal ESPN3
  6 p.m. WAC Women’s Basketball Tournament (Las Vegas, Nev.): Championship
Eric Rothman, Gail Goestenkors
ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Ivy League Women’s Basketball Championship (Philadelphia, Pa.): Semifinal #2%
Brenda VanLengen, Carol Ross
ESPN3
Sun, Mar 12 2 p.m. Northeast Conference Women’s Basketball Championship (campus of highest seed): Championship
Paul Sunderland, Tamika Catchings
ESPNU
  3 p.m. Missouri Valley Women’s Basketball Tournament (Moline, Ill.): Championship ESPN3
  ASUN Women’s Basketball Tournament (campus of higher seed): Championship ESPN3
  4 p.m. Ivy League Women’s Basketball Championship (Philadelphia, Pa.): Championship
Brenda VanLengen, Carol Ross
ESPNU
  4 p.m. Big South Women’s Basketball Championship (Lynchburg, Va.): Championship ESPN3
  6 p.m. Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Championship (New Orleans, La.): Championship
Drew Fellios, Steffi Sorensen
ESPN3

^ – tape delayed on Sun, Mar 12 (6 a.m., ESPNU)
% – tape delayed on Sun, Mar 12 (8 a.m., ESPNU)
& – tape delayed on Sun, Mar 12 (10 a.m., ESPNU)
* – tape delayed on Sun, Mar 12 (noon, ESPNU)

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