While March Madness is in full swing, the ESPN Networks will be providing full TV coverage of what some viewers see as an event that’s just as exciting, but seems to take place in an alternate universe: the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.
The women’s tournament will be shown in its entirety across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, WatchESPN and ESPN Full Court beginning with first-round action this Friday, March 20. The tournament wraps up 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 in the first and second rounds with the new format that has the top 16 seeds hosting. 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.