2002 Women's Basketball Postseason Tips Off On Fox Sports Net

Feb. 27, 2002

It's March Madness time on Fox Sports Net as the 2002 Women's Basketball Tournaments crown their postseason conference champions. The championship games from the inaugural Pac-10 Conference Tournament as well as the ACC and Big-12 Tournaments highlight the network's women's college basketball schedule.

Fox Sports Net's national coverage of the Pac-10, ACC and Big-12 Women's Tournaments is as follows: (Rankings and records as of 02/26/02)

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT - McArthur Court at the University of Oregon becomes home to the first-ever Pac-10 Women's Conference Tournament as a tight race finds these athletes gunning for the title and a berth in the women's NCAA tournament. FSN telecasts both semifinal games on Sunday, March 3 at 3:30 PM ET and 6:00 PM ET as well as the championship game on Monday, March 4 at 10:30 PM ET. Barry Tompkins and Mary Murphy call the action from the booth with Jim Watson covering the sidelines.

With a perfect 18-0 record in league play, Stanford (28-1) leads the Pac' as the top seed in the conference (ranked #2 by the AP) and is led by top scorer and senior guard Lindsey Yamasaki. Other teams who will be making a run include Washington (17-10, 12-6 Pac-10), Arizona State (21-8, 12-6 Pac-10) and USC (15-12, 11-7 Pac-10).

ACC TOURNAMENT - The ACC Women's Tournament comes to the network for the first time as Fox Sports Net telecasts live semifinal and final action. The ladies of the ACC invade Greensboro Coliseum to make a claim for the crown. The semifinal match-ups take place on Sunday, March 3 at 1:00 PM ET and 3:30 PM ET on FSN. The conference champion is decided on Monday, March 4 at 7:30 PM ET. Beth Mowins serves as the play-by-play announcer with Debbie Antonelli as the analyst for both the semifinals and final games.

In its 25th year, the ACC Tournament is the oldest women's basketball tournament in the country and boasts some of the most exciting basketball action. This season, top seeded Duke (24-3 overall, 16-0 ACC, #4 AP), led by sophomore guard and All-American candidate Alana Beard looks to take the conference crown a third consecutive year. Second-seeded and 19th nationally ranked North Carolina (22-7, 11-5 ACC) also serves as a viable contender.

'It will be a surprise if Duke and North Carolina are not in the championship,' said Antonelli. 'I expect both those teams to be there. Plus, Duke's Alana Beard is arguably the best overall player in all of college basketball.'

BIG-12 TOURNAMENT - Postseason action for the Big-12 tournament tips off on Fox Sports Net with full coverage of the quarterfinal, semifinal and final match-ups from Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO. FSN telecasts all four quarterfinal games on Wednesday, March 6 at 1:00 PM ET (Game 1), 3:30 PM ET (Game 2), 7:00 PM ET (Game 3) and 9:30 PM ET (Game 4). Kevin Eschenfelder (pxp) and Brenda Van Lengen (analyst) call the action for the first two quarterfinal games with Bill Land (pxp) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst) announcing Quarterfinal Games 3 and 4. The semifinal contests take place on Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 PM ET and 9:30 PM ET with the final game being played on Saturday, March 9 at 7:00 PM. Land and Antonelli serve as the announcing team for the semifinals and final with VanLengen serving as sideline reporter.

With seven teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 15 (as of 2/26), the Big-12 is one of the most competitive conferences in the country. Finalist for the Naismith Basketball Player of the Year, Stacey Dales and the #5 Oklahoma Sooners (23-3, 13-2 Big-12), who have claimed the conference regular season title for three consecutive years, look to gain an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. #14 Kansas State (22-6, 10-5 Big-12) and #8 Baylor (23-4, 11-4 Big-12) are also in a tight conference race and will be making a run for the Big-12 tournament title.

'Because there are so many ranked teams, you would give Oklahoma the edge in the tournament because they won the regular season,' said Antonelli. 'In this particular year, winning the regular season is something very special. '

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