Pac-12 announces 2016-17 Women's Basketball television schedule

SAN FRANCISCO - Coming off the most successful season in Conference history, Pac-12 women’s basketball tips off the 2016-17 season on Friday, Nov. 11. The Conference’s women’s basketball teams will again receive unmatched television coverage with a combined 105 games broadcast on both the Pac-12 and ESPN Networks, including a Conference matchup on ESPN’s Big Monday and the live telecast of all 11 games of the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament from KeyArena in Seattle. Every Pac-12 team will appear on television this season at least 11 times.

The 2017 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by New York Life begins March 2 from KeyArena and every game will be broadcast live. The four games of the first and second rounds, as well as both semifinal matchups, will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network. The Pac-12 Tournament champion will be crowned on March 5 at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN2. Last year’s tournament was one of the most exciting in the history of the event, featuring four upsets, seven games decided by 10 points or less and a pair of overtime games.

STANFORD will participate in ESPN’s start-of-season celebration when it hosts Texas on ESPN2 on Monday, Nov. 14 as part of the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon for its first of two appearances on the network. The Cardinal also host UCLA on Feb. 6 for ESPN2’s Big Monday clash. It will be the Bruins’ second showing on ESPN2, after traveling to NCAA Final Four participant WASHINGTON on Jan. 8.

Defending Pac-12 Champion and NCAA Final Four participant OREGON STATE hosts an ESPNU game on Jan. 29 when it welcomes traditional rival OREGON.

The Conference slate begins on Dec. 27 on the Pac-12 Network when the Huskies host WASHINGTON STATE, tipping off what is expected to be another exciting season. All 24 rivalry games are scheduled to be televised on Pac-12 Network.

Other key league matchups on the Pac-12 Network include a clash between perennial favorite Stanford at defending co-Pac-12 Champion ARIZONA STATE on Dec. 30, and a New Year’s celebration tilt between national semifinalists Washington at OSU for the only meeting between the teams this season. A week later, the Beavers travel to Stanford on Jan. 8 and NCAA Tournament participant UCLA is at UW on the same day. The defending co-champions play just once this season and the anticipation will build up until the Feb. 3 game on Pac-12 Network.

Last year’s 2015-16 campaign was one of the more memorable seasons in Pac-12 history. Co-champions were crowned last year as ARIZONA STATE and OSU tied for the title, which was not decided until the final weekend of play. The Conference earned five NCAA Tournament bids and was undefeated in the first round, placing four teams in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, a Conference record. Three teams advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, also a Conference first, eventually placing two teams in the NCAA Final Four for the first time in Conference history. OSU claimed the Conference’s automatic bid, with ASU, Stanford, UCLA and Washington joining the Beavers in the Big Dance.

The full ESPN Network schedule is listed below, as well as the Pac-12 Tournament schedule. For the full Pac-12 Network schedule, visit pac-12.com.

ESPN Network Schedule

Nov. 14 - Texas at Stanford, ESPN2, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET • College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon
Jan. 8 - UCLA at Washington, ESPN2, 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET
Jan. 29 - Oregon at Oregon State, ESPNU, 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET
Feb. 6 - UCLA at Stanford, ESPN2, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET • Big Monday

2016 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament

Mar. 2 - First Round Game #1 - PAC12, 11:30 a.m. PT
Mar. 2 - First Round Game #2 - PAC12, 2 p.m. PT
Mar. 2 - First Round Game #3 - PAC12, 6 p.m. PT
Mar. 2 - First Round Game #4 - PAC12, 8:30 p.m. PT
Mar. 3 - Quarterfinal Game #1 - PAC12, 11:30 a.m. PT
Mar. 3 - Quarterfinal Game #2 - PAC12, 2 p.m. PT
Mar. 3 - Quarterfinal Game #3 - PAC12, 6 p.m. PT
Mar. 3 - Quarterfinal Game #4 - PAC12, 8:30 p.m. PT
Mar. 4 - Semifinal Game #1 - PAC12, 6 p.m. PT
Mar. 4 - Semifinal Game #2 - PAC12, 8:30 p.m. PT
Mar. 5 - Championship Game - ESPN2, 6 p.m. PT 

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