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GREENSBORO, NC – Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced today the composite league schedule for the 2014-15 ACC women’s basketball season.
Highlights of the upcoming league schedule include:
**Forty-four (44) televised conference games.
** Nineteen (19) ESPN network games, including seven on ESPN2 – highlighted by three as a part of the popular Big Monday series. Duke will host Louisville on February 2, Notre Dame will host Duke on February 16 and the Fighting Irish will host the Cardinals on February 23.
** ESPN3 will carry at least 12 exclusive games throughout the season.
** Twenty-five (25) conference games on the ACC’s regional sports network (known as RSN) are highlighted by seven Sunday afternoon doubleheaders on Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 15, Feb. 22 and March 1. RSN, which reaches in excess of 51.4 million homes and includes Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Florida, Sun Sports, Fox Sports Indiana, Fox Sports Midwest, Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic, New England Sports Network (NESN), the YES Network, the Madison Square Garden Network (MSG) in New York and Root Sports in Pennsylvania. All ACC games produced as part of the RSN package will be available via WatchESPN, but are subject to regional blackout.
** The 2014-15 women’s basketball season tips off on Friday, Nov. 14, with 12 ACC teams in action. The ACC begins conference play on Friday, Jan. 2, with three league games, including Louisville hosting Georgia Tech to mark the Cardinals’ first ACC game. The 2014-15 slate of conference games marks the inaugural ACC campaign for Louisville. The ACC’s new membership further enhances women’s college basketball’s premier conference.
** The 38th annual ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament will take place Wednesday-Sunday, March 4-8 at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Championship will begin with three first-round games on Wednesday, followed by the second round, quarterfinals, semifinals and title contest in successive days. Game times and television designations will be announced at a later date.
** In addition to the 44 televised league games, four non-conference games will be part of the conference package, and it is anticipated that more games will be added to ESPN3. Further, other games will be carried by official websites and regional cable partners of ACC institutions. Updates concerning additional appearances will be released as they are confirmed on theACC.com.
What’s to come in 2014-15
• The ACC returns three Associated Press All-Americans from a season ago – Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame (second team), Elizabeth Williams, Duke (third team) and Dearica Hamby, Wake Forest (honorable mention).
• The ACC returns seven All-ACC performers from a season ago - Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame (first team), Elizabeth Williams, Duke (first team), Dearica Hamby, Wake Forest (first team), Kaela Davis, Georgia Tech (second team, freshman team), Brittney Sykes, Syracuse (second team), Allisha Gray, North Carolina (freshman team) and Adrienne Motley, Miami (freshman team).
• Five ACC teams are listed among ESPN’s 25 Teams to Watch in 2014-15: No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 7 Duke, No. 10 North Carolina, No. 16 Louisville and No. 21 Syracuse.
• The ACC boasts five of the top 25 incoming recruiting classes with two in the top five and five in the top 20 (No. 3 Duke, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 8 Louisville, No. 13 Virginia and No. 18 Pitt).
• Seven McDonalds All-Americans will join the league for the 2014-15 season - the most of any league: Lynee’ Belton (Duke), Sierra Calhoun (Duke), Myisha Hines-Allen (Louisville), Mariya Moore (Louisville), Shakayla Thomas (Florida State), Kathryn Westbeld (Notre Dame) and Brianna Turner (Notre Dame).
For more information on ACC women’s basketball, visit theACC.com and be sure to follow the league on Twitter: @accwbb.