Women's Basketball Will Be Featured on ESPN2 Big Monday

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Sharon Versyp's Boilermakers are ranked No. 18 in the preseason.

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Sharon Versyp's Boilermakers are ranked No. 18 in the preseason.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Aug. 16, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - ESPN2's Big Monday schedule - showcasing the best Division I women's basketball programs in the nation - features 10 games over seven consecutive weeks, highlighted by three February doubleheaders, in the seventh year of the game-of-the-week series.

No. 18 Purdue's turn in the spotlight will come on Feb. 4 when the reigning Big Ten Tournament champions play at No. 7 Penn State, the 2012 Big Ten regular season champs.

The slate of games, all on ESPN2, tip off on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan 21, at 7 p.m. ET with No. 3 Duke at No. 2 Connecticut.

All games will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com and through smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

Schedule Highlights

•              All 13 teams in the Big Monday schedule are 2012 NCAA Championship participants, including three Final Four teams - Baylor, Connecticut and Notre Dame.

•              The month of February features three straight weeks of doubleheaders at 7 & 9 p.m., beginning on Feb. 4 with Purdue at Penn State and Texas A&M at LSU.

•              The Feb. 18 doubleheader featuring Kentucky at Texas A&M and Baylor at Connecticut are part of the annual Play 4Kay campaign.

•              ACC, BIG EAST, Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC programs will make-up this year's schedule.

•              Defending national champion Baylor will make two appearances against potential top-10 teams - at Connecticut on Feb. 18 and at Oklahoma on Feb. 25. 

•              BIG EAST foes Connecticut and Notre Dame will each have three games on the schedule, including a season-ending matchup in South Bend, Ind., on March 4.


 

 

Team Highlights

•              Twelve teams are ranked in an early preseason poll by ESPN.com columnist Charlie Creme, including No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 Connecticut, No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Maryland, No. 5 Kentucky, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 11 Louisville, No. 12 Oklahoma, No. 17 Texas A&M, No. 18 Purdue and No. 21 Tennessee.

•              Five returning WBCA Coaches' All-America Team members - Baylor's Brittany Griner and junior Odyssey Sims, Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins, Connecticut junior Bria Hartley and Maryland junior Alyssa Thomas.

For full coverage, video highlights and live updates - visit the espnW.com's women's basketball site.

The regular-season basketball schedule will be announced at a later date.

ESPN Women's Basketball Big Monday schedule (subject to change)

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Jan 21

7 p.m.

Duke at Connecticut

ESPN2

Jan 28

7 p.m.

Notre Dame at Tennessee

ESPN2

Feb 4

7 p.m.

Purdue at Penn State

ESPN2

 

9 p.m.

Texas A&M at LSU

ESPN2

Feb 11

7 p.m.

Maryland at Duke

ESPN2

 

9 p.m.

Louisville at Notre Dame

ESPN2

Feb 18

7 p.m.

Play 4Kay: Kentucky at Texas A&M

ESPN2

 

9 p.m.

Play 4Kay: Baylor at Connecticut

ESPN2

Feb 25

7 p.m.

Baylor at Oklahoma

ESPN2

March 4

7 p.m.

Connecticut at Notre Dame

ESPN2