GREENSBORO, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today the composite league schedule for the 2016-17 ACC women’s basketball season.
“This year’s Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball schedule will be another exciting and challenging one for each of our 15 teams,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “In a league that placed five teams among the nation’s top 20 last season, sent three teams to NCAA Regional semifinals and saw yet another team reach the Final Four, this has come to be expected. Playing the nation’s top competition night-in and night-out has consistently prepared ACC teams for postseason success, and we anticipate more of the same in 2016-17.”
Highlights of the upcoming league schedule include:
At least 63 televised conference games.
Ten (10) conference games on ESPN networks, including up to five on ESPN2.
ACC Network Extra will carry at least 28 conference games throughout the season.
Twenty-five (25) conference games on the ACC’s Regional Sports Network (RSN) are highlighted by seven Sunday afternoon doubleheaders on Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26. RSN, which reaches in excess of 51.4 million homes and includes FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Carolinas, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Sun, FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Midwest, Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic, New England Sports Network (NESN), the YES Network in New York and Root Sports in Pennsylvania. All ACC games produced as part of the RSN package will be available via WatchESPN and FOX Sports Go, but are subject to regional blackout.
The 2016-17 women’s basketball season tips off on Friday, Nov. 11, with 13 ACC teams in action. The ACC begins conference play on Thursday, Dec. 29 with three league games – Notre Dame at NC State, Florida State at Miami and Syracuse at Louisville.
Dates and location for the 40th annual ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament will be announced at a later date.
In addition to the 63 televised league games, six non-conference games will air on the ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and it is anticipated that more games will be added to ACC Network Extra. The ACC Network Extra coverage marks the initial phase of the full ACC Network announced July 21 by ESPN and the Atlantic Coast Conference. Live streaming of women’s basketball will increase annually, and the events covered by ACC Network Extra are available to users who have access to WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
Updates concerning additional appearances will be released as they are confirmed on theACC.com.
ACC teams will play at least 49 games against teams that are either ranked ESPN’s Way-too-early Top 25 for 2016-17 or earned a berth in the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. The ACC sent five teams to the NCAA Championship in 2016, with three advancing to the Sweet 16 and Syracuse appearing in the national championship game for the first time in program history.
What’s to come in 2016-17
The ACC returns two Associated Press All-Americans from a season ago – Brianna Turner, Notre Dame (second team) and Myisha Hines-Allen, Louisville (honorable mention), and three more that were named All-Americans in 2015 – Leticia Romero, Florida State (honorable mention), Mariya Moore, Louisville (honorable mention) and Lindsay Allen, Notre Dame (honorable mention).
The ACC returns 19 All-ACC performers from a season ago – Boston College’s Marielle Fasoula (freshman team), Duke’s Rebecca Greenwell (second team), Florida State’s Shakayla Thomas (first team, Sixth Player of the Year), Louisville’s Mariya Moore (first team), Myisha Hines-Allen (first team, ACC Player of the Year), and Asia Durr (freshman team), Miami’s Adrienne Motley (first team), North Carolina’s Stephanie Watts (second team, freshman team, Freshman of the Year), Destinee Walker (freshman team), NC State’s Miah Spencer (second team) and Dominique Wilson (second team), Notre Dame’s Brianna Turner (first team, Defensive Player of the Year), Lindsey Allen (first team), Marina Mabrey (freshman team) and Arike Ogunbowale (freshman team), Pitt’s Brenna Wise (freshman team), Syracuse’s Alexis Peterson (first team), and Wake Forest’s Ariel Stephenson (freshman team)
Six ACC teams are listed among ESPN’s Way-too-early Top 25 for 2016-17: No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Louisville, No. 15 Florida State, No. 18 Miami, No. 20 Syracuse and No. 25 NC State.
The ACC has three of the top seven classes and six in the top 20 as ranked by ESPN Hoopgurlz coming in this season –No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 6 Louisville, No. 7 Florida State, No. 13 North Carolina, No. 19 Virginia and No. 20 NC State. The ACC’s six ranked classes are the most from any conference.
Five McDonalds All-Americans will join the league for the 2016-17 season - the most of any league: Leaonna Odom (Duke), Ciera Johnson (Louisville), Kylee Shook (Louisville), Erin Boley (Notre Dame) and Jackie Young (Notre Dame).
For more information on ACC women’s basketball, visit theACC.com and be sure to follow the league on Twitter: @accwbb.
About the ACC
The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 64th year of competition and 15 members strong, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. ACC members Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest continue to build upon the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athletics and integrity. The ACC currently sponsors 27 NCAA sports – 14 for women and 13 for men – with member institutions located in 10 states. For more information, visit theACC.com and follow @theACC on Twitter and on Facebook (facebook.com/theACC).