via press release:
ESPN Networks Home to Entire NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship
· Connecticut, Notre Dame and South Carolina to Have Early-Round Games Aired in Full National Windows
· 20th Year of Exclusive Coverage on ESPN; 12th Year Covering all 63 Games
The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Presented by Capital One will be shown in its entirety across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, WatchESPN and ESPN FULL COURT beginning with first-round action on Friday, March 20. Play culminates with the NCAA Women’s National Championship game on Tuesday, April 7, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN from Tampa Bay, Fla.
The top four seeds – Connecticut, Maryland, Notre Dame and South Carolina – are all playing home games for the first and second rounds with the new format of the top 16 seeds hosting (note: No. 3 Louisville will not be hosting due to a conflict at the KFC Yum! Center). ESPN2 is home to all first-round games, including a full national window showcasing top-seeded UConn vs. No. 16 St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday, March 21, at 9 p.m. Regionalized coverage includes South Carolina against No. 16 Savannah State at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20, followed by Notre Dame vs. No. 16 Montana at 7 p.m. and Maryland facing No. 16 New Mexico State at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.
The noon and 2:30 p.m. second-round games on Sunday, March 22, will be regionalized on ESPN2, while the 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. games will have full national windows on ESPN (Notre Dame, Ind. & Columbia, S.C. sites) and ESPN2 (Corvallis, Ore. & Berkeley, Calif. sites). Monday’s second-round games will have four regionalized contents at 6:30 p.m., followed by three games at 9 p.m. The Tallahassee site will have a full national window on ESPNU at 6 p.m.
The final 15 games of the tournament, beginning with the Regional Semifinals, will have national telecast windows on ESPN or ESPN2, as well as WatchESPN.
WatchESPN is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
Additional NCAA Championship content will be available across multiple platforms, including espnW.com, SportsCenter, ESPNEWS and ESPN International.