How ESPN is covering the March Madness women’s basketball championship tournament

ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship begins Wednesday, March 16 with the First Four. March Madness action is presented by Capital One across ESPN networks, with games available on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS. The tournament culminates with the Women’s Final Four and Championship live from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn., April 1-3.

The A-Team

In the First Four and First and Second Rounds Elle Duncan and Kelsey Riggs will share hosting duties in studio with a rotating cast of analysts including Rebecca LoboAndraya CarterNikki Fargas and Monica McNutt. During the Sweet 16 and Elite 8, Duncan will host studio coverage joined by McNutt and Fargas. National championship studio coverage will be handled by Duncan, Lobo, Carolyn Peck and Fargas.

First and Second Round Commentator Teams:

  • Pam Ward and Stephanie White
  • Courtney Lyle and Carolyn Peck
  • Beth Mowins and Christy Thomaskutty
  • Eric Frede and Tamika Catchings
  • Dave O’Brien and Christy Winters-Scott
  • Tiffany Greene and Steffi Sorensen
  • Angel Gray and Chelsea Gray
  • Roy Philpott and Brooke Weisbrod
  • Sam Ravech and Kelly Gramlich
  • Jenn Hildreth and Mike Thibault
  • Brenda VanLengen and Holly Warlick
  • John Brickley and Meghan McKeown
  • Kevin Fitzgerald  and Helen Williams
  • Ann Schatz and Dan Hughes
  • Elise Woodward and Andrea Lloyd
  • Sam Gore and Aja Ellison

Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Commentator Teams:

  • Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe (reporter), Andraya Carter (sideline analyst)
  • Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli, Angel Gray (reporter)
  • Courtney Lyle, Carolyn Peck, Steffi Sorensen (reporter)
  • Pam Ward, Stephanie White, Christy Winters-Scott (reporter)

Final Four and Championship Commentator Team:

  • Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe (reporter), Andraya Carter (sideline analyst)

SEC Network

SEC Now returns for postseason coverage of the six men’s and eight women’s teams representing the Southeastern Conference in both NCAA Tournaments. Hosts Dari NowkhahPeter Burns and Alyssa Lang will be joined by a rotating cast of analysts throughout the two tourneys, including SEC Network studio analysts Pat BradleyAndraya CarterDaymeon Fishback and Patric Young, as well as former Mizzou standout and current Phoenix Mercury guard Sophie Cunningham providing insight for early round action.

ACC Network

ACC Network’s All ACC will have postseason coverage of the ACC’s five men’s teams and eight women’s teams participating in the NCAA Tournaments. Host Kelsey Riggs will be joined by analysts Joel Berry IICarlos BoozerDalen Cuff, Kelly Gramlich Chelsea GrayLuke Hancock and Muffet McGraw following each round throughout the tournaments.

ESPN.com and espnW

Writers Alexa Philippou and Mechelle Voepel will cover the tournament from the First Four through the national championship game.       

  • Elizabeth Merrill and Katie Barnes profile Iowa’s Caitlin Clark and South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston, the frontrunners for player of the year
  • A year since Sedona Prince and others exposed inequities between the men’s and women’s tournaments, Dan Murphy measures the progress that has been made
  • Live analysis, social posts, game coverage and highlights from each round
  • Expert picks and predictions throughout the tournament
  • Analysis of the top seeds, best players, each region, upsets and the tournament’s biggest storylines
  • Charlie Creme will re-seed the field after each round
  • Additional regional coverage from Andrea Adelson, Barnes and Kevin Pelton, with Barnes joining Voepel and Philippou in Minneapolis
  • Updated WNBA mock drafts during the tournament and after a champion is crowned
  • The top 25 players in the NCAA tournament
  • Immediately following the national title game, ESPN.com’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 rankings for the 2022-23 season will be posted

2022 Tournament Challenge

Brackets for both men’s and women’s games opened on Selection Sunday. Fans can submit up to 25 brackets and join up to 10 groups each at ESPN.com/bracket for Men’s TC and ESPN.com/tcwomen for Women’s TC. Fans can also complete and submit brackets on the ESPN Tournament Challenge App for iOS and Android, or on the ESPN App. Like all ESPN Fantasy games, Tournament Challenge is free to play.

NCAA Division I Women’s Championship Schedule
Games available on ESPN.com and in the ESPN App here

DATETIME(ET)Matchup/CommentatorsNETWORK
FIRST FOUR
Wed, Mar 167 p.m.Incarnate Word vs. Howard
Courtney Lyle, Carolyn Peck
ESPNU
9 p.m.DePaul vs. Dayton
Jenn Hildreth, Mike Thibault
ESPNU
Thu, Mar 177 p.m.Mount St. Mary’s vs. Longwood
Sam Ravech, Kelly Gramlich
ESPN2
9 p.m.Florida State vs. Missouri State
Brenda VanLengen, Holly Warlick
ESPN2
FIRST ROUND
Fri, Mar 1811:30 a.m.South Florida vs. Miami
Courtney Lyle, Carolyn Peck
ESPN2
1:30 p.m.South Dakota vs. Ole Miss
Elise Woodward, Andrea Lloyd
ESPN2
1:30 p.m.Creighton vs. Colorado
Beth Mowins, Christy Thomaskutty
ESPNEWS
2 p.m.Howard/Incarnate Word vs. South Carolina
Courtney Lyle, Carolyn Peck
ESPN
2:30 p.m.Florida Gulf Coast vs. Virginia Tech
Dave O’Brien, Christy Winters-Scott
ESPNU
3:30 p.m.Gonzaga vs. Nebraska
John Brickley, Meghan McKeown
ESPNEWS
4 p.m.Illinois State vs. Iowa
Beth Mowins, Christy Thomaskutty
ESPN
4 p.m.Hawai’i vs. Baylor
Elise Woodward, Andrea Lloyd
ESPN2
5 p.m.Delaware vs. Maryland
Dave O’Brien, Christy Winters-Scott
ESPNU
5:30 p.m.Arkansas vs. Utah
Angel Gray, Chelse Gray
ESPNEWS
6 p.m.Albany vs. Louisville
John Brickley, Meghan McKeown
ESPN2
7:30 p.m.Dayton/DePaul vs. GeorgiaJenn Hildreth, Mike ThibaultESPNEWS
7:30 p.m.Georgia Tech vs. Kansas
Tiffany Greene, Steffi Sorensen
ESPNU
8 p.m.Fairfield vs. Texas
Angel Gray, Chelsea Gray
ESPN2
10 p.m.Montana State vs. Stanford
Tiffany Greene, Steffi Sorensen
ESPN2
10 p.m.UT Arlington vs. Iowa State
Jenn Hildreth, Mike Thibault
ESPNU
Sat, Mar 1911:30 a.m.Kansas State vs. Washington State
Sam Ravech, Kelly Gramlich
ESPN2
1 p.m.Mercer vs. UConn
Pam Ward, Stephanie White
ABC
1 p.m.Villanova vs. BYU
Sam Gore, Aja Ellison
ESPNEWS
1:30 p.m.Charlotte vs. Indiana
Kevin Fitzgerald, Helen Williams
ESPN2
2 p.m.Longwood/Mount St. Mary’s vs. NC State
Sam Ravech, Kelly Gramlich
ESPN
2:30 p.m.Missouri State/Florida State vs. Ohio State
Brenda VanLengen Holly Warlick
ESPNU
3 p.m.Buffalo vs. Tennessee
Eric Frede, Tamika Catchings
ABC
3:30 p.m.American vs. Michigan
Sam Gore, Aja Ellison
ESPN2
3:30 p.m.Florida vs. UCF
Pam Ward, Stephanie White
ESPNEWS
4 p.m.Princeton vs. Kentucky
Kevin Fitzgerald, Helen Williams
ESPN
5 p.m.Jackson State vs. LSU
Brenda VanLengen, Holly Warlick
ESPNU
5:30 p.m.Belmont vs. Oregon
Eric Frede, Tamika Catchings
ESPN2
7:30 p.m.UMass vs. Notre Dame
Roy Philpott, Brooke Weisbrod
ESPN2
7:30 p.m.Stephen F. Austin vs. North Carolina
Ann Schatz, Dan Hughes
ESPNEWS
10 p.m.UNLV vs. Arizona
Ann Schatz, Dan Hughes
ESPN2
10 p.m.IUPUI vs. Oklahoma
Roy Philpott, Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU


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