No. 2 Stanford women’s basketball takes on top-ranked South Carolina on ABC, continuing appearances of Pac-12 Women’s Basketball on national broadcast television
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SAN FRANCISCO – No. 2 Stanford women’s basketball is set to host top-ranked South Carolina on Sunday, Nov. 20 in a matchup between a pair of perennial powerhouses and the last two NCAA championship squads. Notably, the game will air on ABC, as Pac-12 women’s basketball and collegiate women’s basketball overall continues its exposure growth with such broadcast network programming. This Sunday’s broadcast follows UCLA women’s basketball against UConn on ABC in Dec. 2021 and Cal women’s basketball against Notre Dame earlier this season on NBC, the first ever live broadcast of a collegiate women’s basketball game on NBC.
The upcoming matchup between Stanford and South Carolina is the third-ever regular season women’s college basketball game to air on ABC. The first such matchup also featured a Pac-12 program, as UCLA and UConn played on ABC in Dec. 2021. The broadcast between the Bruins and Huskies averaged 839,000 viewers and, at the time, was the most-viewed regular season women’s college basketball game since 2017.
Stanford will return to ABC on Sunday, Dec. 18 for a showdown against Tennessee, the 11th-ranked team in the nation in the most recent AP poll. A total of seven additional, confirmed regular season games featuring Pac-12 women’s basketball programs will air on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2. The Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Championship Game will also air on the ESPN family of networks. A complete television schedule for Pac-12 women’s basketball is available here.
ABC will be the home to the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship for the first time in 2023. The game is scheduled for Sunday, April 2 from American Airlines Center in Dallas. The 2022 national championship game on ESPN was the most- watched collegiate women’s title game since 2014, totaling 4.85 million viewers.
It’s the second-straight year the two powerhouses have squared off in the regular season with No. 1 and No. 2 national rankings, respectively. The top-ranked Gamecocks pulled off a narrow, 65-61 victory at home in Dec. 2021 behind 18 points from Aliyah Boston. South Carolina enters Sunday’s matchup 3-0 with a recent victory over Clemson, 85-31, this past Thursday. Stanford is 5-0 thus far in 2022, compiling a trio of 40+ point victories already.
Stanford and South Carolina are the last two NCAA women’s basketball national champions. The Cardinal persevered in 2020-21 despite playing their home games away from Stanford, ultimately emerging victorious in the San Antonio “Bubble” tournament after taking down fellow Pac-12 program Arizona in the title game. The Gamecocks compiled an impressive 36-2 record during the 2021-22 season, besting UConn, 64-49 in the national title game in Minneapolis.
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|Sunday, Nov. 20||No. 1 South Carolina at No. 2 Stanford||ABC||Eric Frede, Rebecca Lobo & Holly Row|