ESPN Announces 2014-15 Women's College Basketball Schedule
ESPN2 Opens Season Nov. 17 with Four Ranked Teams as Part of Tip-Off Marathon
ESPN's 2014-15 women's college basketball regular-season schedule includes 131 games across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and Longhorn Network. The addition of ESPN3 exclusive games and ESPN FULL COURT, the pay-per-view package, to be announced at a later date will result in a record number of coverage this season.
The schedule boasts 22 programs on the espnW 2014-15 preseason top 25 poll - created by bracketologist Charlie Creme at the conclusion of the 2014 Final Four - which includes 20 of the top 25 teams on the schedule. espnW.com will provide season-long original content and supporting material for ESPN's top games.
Every game will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
· ESPN2 - Home to 36 games this season, ESPN2 will include top early-season matchups, all Big Monday contests and most Sundays throughout the conference season.
· ESPNU - A schedule of 19 games, ESPNU matchups include doubleheaders on most Sundays during the conference schedule.
· SEC Network - The introduction of the new network ensures every SEC women's basketball game is available nationwide. SEC Network will air more than 60 games, including a doubleheader every Thursday and a game-of-the-week on Mondays.
· Longhorn Network - ESPN's 24-hour network devoted to The University of Texas, will air 13 games, including seven featuring a Big 12 opponent.
· Tip-Off Marathon Presented by Dish - Four ranked teams open the seventh annual marathon with an ESPN2 doubleheader on Monday, Nov. 17. Two-time defending national champion Connecticut will travel to 2014 Final Four participant and No. 20 Stanford in the second game at 9 p.m., while No. 13 Baylor will face No. 6 Kentucky in the first matchup at 7 p.m.
· Jimmy V Women's Classic Presented by Corona - The 13th annual game features a rematch of the 2014 NCAA Championship title game - pitting No. 1 Connecticut against No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3:15 p.m. on ESPN. Notre Dame will play in the event for the first time, hosting the game at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., while the Huskies will appear for the fourth straight year and seventh time overall.
· Big Monday Presented by Verizon - The ninth season of the seven-week series on ESPN2 will begin on January 19 and run through March 2. The schedule includes doubleheaders on February 16 and 23 and a robust schedule of ranked teams: No. 1 Connecticut, No. 2 South Carolina, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 7 Duke, No. 8 Michigan State, No. 14 Maryland and No. 16 Louisville.
· We Back Pat - No. 4 Texas A&M will play at No. 2 South Carolina in a January 26 Big Monday game, to honor former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt as part of the SEC's "We Back Pat" initiative.
· Play 4Kay - ESPN's annual Play 4Kay games - highlighting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) - will air five games across ESPN2 and ESPNU on Sunday, Feb. 22. Two top-25 matchups - featuring SEC rivals No. 3 Tennessee at No. 2 South Carolina and new ACC foes No. 16 Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame - airs Monday, Feb. 23, as part of Big Monday.
· Season preview November 3-7 will include an updated preseason top-25 poll, preseason All-Americans and a ranking of the top 25 players in the nation.
· Writers Mechelle Voepel, Graham Hays, Kate Fagan and Michelle Smith, as well as analyst Rebecca Lobo, will write in-depth profiles of some of the nation's top teams, players and coaches throughout the season.
· Prior to each Big Monday game, espnW.com will offer an updated Bracketology segment from Charlie Creme and a game preview for that night's matchup, as well as postgame coverage with video analysis.
· For the third consecutive season, espnW will name a national player of the week each Monday.
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A women's hoop preview in its upcoming College Hoops Tip-Off Preview issue (on sale October 31) includes a rundown of the top-10 teams by espnW's Mechelle Voepel, plus a ScoutTake profile on the genius of UConn's Breanna Stewart.
ESPN networks will also have a full lineup of games during Championship Week Presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods and will continue to carry all 63 games of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship culminating with the NCAA Women's Final Four in Tampa, Fla., on April 5 and 7. The schedules will be announced at a later date.
Week-long men's and women's conference tournaments can been seen across ESPN platforms during Championship Week Presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods from Thursday, March 5 to Sunday, March 15.
ESPN will present the exclusive live announcement of the 64-team NCAA Championship field as part of Selection Monday on March 16, 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 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship will air on ESPN networks for the 10th consecutive year. ESPN and ESPN2 will present regionalized telecasts with home market protection through the first two rounds. ESPN3 and ESPN FULL COURT, the pay-per-view package, will offer first- and second-round games in their 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.
2014-15 ESPN Network's Women's Basketball Schedule (subject to change)
Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Sat, Nov 15 TBD UT San Antonio at Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Nov 16 8 p.m. Duke at Alabama SEC Network
Mon, Nov 17 7 p.m. Tip-Off Marathon Presented by Dish: Baylor at Kentucky ESPN2
9 p.m. Tip-Off Marathon Presented by Dish: Connecticut at Stanford ESPN2
Thu, Nov 20 7 p.m. Clemson at South Carolina SEC Network
Wed, Nov 26 8 p.m. Texas Pan American at Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Nov 30 1 p.m. Duke at Texas A&M SEC Network
Mon, Dec 1 9 p.m. Virginia Tech at Florida SEC Network
Wed, Dec 3 7 p.m. Louisiana Tech at LSU SEC Network
8 p.m. New Mexico at Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, Dec 4 8 p.m. Charlotte at South Carolina SEC Network
Sat, Dec 6 3:15 p.m. Jimmy V Women's Classic Presented by Corona: Connecticut at Notre Dame ESPN
Sun, Dec 7 1 p.m. South Carolina at Duke ESPN2
4 p.m. Michigan State at Georgia SEC Network
Mon, Dec 8 Noon Southern at Texas Longhorn Network
Wed, Dec 10 7 p.m. Wisconsin at Florida SEC Network
Fri, Dec 12 9 p.m. Middle Tennessee State at Kentucky SEC Network
Sun, Dec 14 1 p.m. Mercer at Alabama SEC Network
3 p.m. Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers: Tennessee at Rutgers ESPN2
Northwestern State at Texas Longhorn Network
6 p.m. Belmont at Kentucky SEC Network
Tue, Dec 16 7 p.m. Wichita State at Tennessee SEC Network
Wed, Dec 17 8 p.m. McNeese State at Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, Dec 20 1 p.m. Stanford at Tennessee SEC Network
Sun, Dec 21 1:30 p.m. SEC/Big 12 Challenge: Texas vs. Texas A&M (Little Rock, Ark.) SEC Network
3 p.m. Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers: Kentucky at Duke ESPN2
3:30 p.m. SEC/Big 12 Challenge: Oklahoma vs. Arkansas (Little Rock, Ark.) SEC Network
5 p.m. Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Holiday Showcase as part of Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers: UCLA vs. Connecticut (Uncasville, Conn.) ESPN2
Sun, Dec 28 Noon East Carolina at USF ESPNU
1 p.m. Oregon State at Tennessee SEC Network
8:30 p.m. Temple at Memphis ESPNU
Mon, Dec 29 9 p.m. Duke at Connecticut ESPN2
Tue, Dec 30 8 p.m. Rice at Texas Longhorn Network
Fri, Jan 2 7 p.m. Auburn at South Carolina SEC Network
9 p.m. Missouri at Tennessee SEC Network
Sat, Jan 3 8 p.m. Kansas at Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Jan 4 1 p.m. Maggie Dixon Classic: Connecticut vs. St. John's (New York, N.Y.) ESPN2
1:30 p.m. Texas A&M at Arkansas ESPNU
2 p.m. Ole Miss at Kentucky SEC Network
3 p.m. South Carolina at LSU ESPN2
3:30 p.m. George Washington at Dayton ESPNU
4 p.m. Florida at Auburn SEC Network
Mon, Jan 5 7 p.m. Tennessee at Vanderbilt SEC Network
Wed, Jan 7 8 p.m. West Virginia at Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, Jan 8 7 p.m. Texas A&M at Tennessee SEC Network
9 p.m. Vanderbilt at LSU SEC Network
Sun, Jan 11 1 p.m. Kentucky at South Carolina ESPN2
LSU at Texas A&M ESPNU
2 p.m. Georgia at Auburn SEC Network
3 p.m. Maryland at Minnesota ESPN2
Tennessee at Arkansas ESPNU
4 p.m. Florida at Missouri SEC Network
Thu, Jan 15 7 p.m. Florida at Kentucky SEC Network
9 p.m. South Carolina at Missouri SEC Network
Sat, Jan 17 1 p.m. Texas Tech at Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Jan 18 Noon George Mason at Richmond ESPNU
1 p.m. USF at Connecticut ESPN2
2 p.m. Kentucky at LSU ESPNU
3 p.m. Iowa at Michigan State ESPN2
Missouri at Arkansas SEC Network
5 p.m. Ole Miss at Texas A&M SEC Network
Mon, Jan 19 7 p.m. Big Monday presented by Verizon: Tennessee at Notre Dame ESPN2
South Carolina at Florida SEC Network
Thu, Jan 22 7 p.m. LSU at Tennessee SEC Network
9 p.m. Mississippi State at Ole Miss SEC Network
Sun, Jan 25 Noon Arkansas at Florida ESPNU
2 p.m. UCF at SMU ESPNU
Georgia at Tennessee SEC Network
3 p.m. Connecticut at Cincinnati ESPN2
4 p.m. Kentucky at Missouri SEC Network
5 p.m. Duke at North Carolina ESPN2
Mon, Jan 26 7 p.m. We Back Pat as part of Big Monday presented by Verizon: Texas A&M at South Carolina ESPN2
9 p.m. Mississippi State at Auburn SEC Network
Thu, Jan 29 7 p.m. Tennessee at Kentucky SEC Network
9 p.m. Ole Miss at LSU SEC Network
Sun, Feb 1 1 p.m. Georgia at Kentucky SEC Network
2 p.m. Connecticut at Temple ESPN2
3 p.m. Mississippi State at Tennessee SEC Network
4 p.m. Iowa at Maryland ESPN2
4:30 p.m. South Carolina at Ole Miss ESPNU
Mon, Feb 2 7 p.m. Big Monday Presented by Verizon: Louisville at Duke ESPN2
Missouri at LSU SEC Network
Thu, Feb 5 7 p.m. South Carolina at Georgia SEC Network
9 p.m. Texas A&M at Missouri SEC Network
Sun, Feb 8 1 p.m. Kentucky at Vanderbilt SEC Network
2 p.m. Baylor at Texas ESPN2
Tennessee at Florida ESPNU
3 p.m. Texas A&M at Mississippi State SEC Network
4 p.m. Nebraska at Maryland ESPN2
California at Arizona State ESPNU
5 p.m. Alabama at LSU SEC Network
Mon, Feb 9 7 p.m. Georgia at Arkansas SEC Network
8 p.m. Big Monday Presented by Verizon: South Carolina at Connecticut ESPN2
Thu, Feb 12 7 p.m. Mississippi State at Kentucky SEC Network
9 p.m. Arkansas at Texas A&M SEC Network
Sun, Feb 15 Noon Vanderbilt at South Carolina ESPNU
1 p.m. North Carolina at Louisville ESPN2
2 p.m. USF at East Carolina ESPNU
Arkansas at Auburn SEC Network
3 p.m. Kentucky at Tennessee ESPN2
4 p.m. Florida at Mississippi State SEC Network
5 p.m. West Virginia at Baylor ESPN2
Mon, Feb 16 7 p.m. Big Monday Presented by Verizon as part of Rivalry Week: Maryland at Michigan State ESPN2
Alabama at Texas A&M SEC Network
9 p.m. Big Monday Presented by Verizon as part of Rivalry Week: Duke at Notre Dame ESPN2
Wed, Feb 18 8 p.m. Kansas State at Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, Feb 19 7 p.m. Vanderbilt at Florida SEC Network
9 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas SEC Network
Fri, Feb 20 5 p.m. Iona at Marist ESPNU
Sun, Feb 22 Noon Play 4Kay: Duke at NC State ESPN2
Play 4Kay: Temple at USF ESPNU
2 p.m. Play 4Kay: Rutgers at Michigan State ESPN2
Play 4Kay: LSU at Arkansas ESPNU
Missouri at Vanderbilt SEC Network
4 p.m. Play 4Kay: California at Stanford ESPN2
Florida at Texas A&M SEC Network
Mon, Feb 23 7 p.m. Play 4Kay as part of Big Monday Presented by Verizon: Louisville at Notre Dame ESPN2
Kentucky at Ole Miss SEC Network
9 p.m. Play 4Kay as part of Big Monday Presented by Verizon: Tennessee at South Carolina ESPN2
Wed, Feb 25 8 p.m. Oklahoma State at Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, Feb 26 7 p.m. Florida at Alabama SEC Network
9 p.m. Tennessee at Georgia SEC Network
Sun, Mar 1 1 p.m. Texas at West Virginia ESPN2
2 or 5 p.m. Texas A&M at LSU ESPN2 or ESPNU
2 or 5 p.m. South Carolina at Kentucky ESPN2 or ESPNU
3 p.m. North Carolina at Duke ESPN2
Georgia at Florida SEC Network
4 p.m. Stanford at Oregon ESPNU
5 p.m. Vanderbilt at Tennessee SEC Network
Mon, Mar 2 7 p.m. Big Monday Presented by Verizon: Connecticut at USF ESPN2
Tue, Mar 3 8 p.m. TCU at Texas Longhorn Network