2012-13 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Schedule Announced

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John D. Swofford announced today the composite schedule for the upcoming 2012-13 ACC women’s basketball season.

Highlights of the upcoming schedule include:

** Fifty seven (57) televised games making up 112 television appearances – the most television appearances since the inception of ACC women’s basketball.

** Twenty one (21) ESPN network games, including 10 on ESPN2 – highlighted by two Big Monday contests, including Maryland at Duke on Monday, Feb. 11, and a doubleheader of Georgia Tech at NC State and Maryland at Virginia on Sunday, Feb. 17, as part of the network’s Play4Kay campaign. All ESPN2 games will also be available via WatchESPN.

**ESPNU will showcase four contests including Duke at North Carolina on Sunday, Feb. 3, while ESPN3 will carry seven exclusive games throughout the season.

** Twenty (20) conference games on the league’s regional sports networks (known as RSN) including five doubleheaders beginning on Thursday, Jan. 17, with Virginia at North Carolina at 6:30 p.m., followed by NC State at Maryland at 8:30 p.m. RSN, which reaches nearly 32 million households and includes FOX Sports Carolinas, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Florida, Sun Sports, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, and NESN. All ACC games produced as part of the RSN package will also be available via WatchESPN.

** All 11 games of the 2013 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament to be held March 7-10 at the Greensboro Coliseum will be televised. The first round, quarterfinal and semifinal games will be televised on RSN, while the championship game will again be televised on ESPN2.

** An additional six conference games will carried live on the ACC Digital Network’s YouTube channel.

**The sixth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge will feature a two-day format again this year and is slated to open on Wednesday, Nov. 28, as North Carolina, Florida State, Boston College, and Virginia Tech host Big Ten foes, while Duke, Maryland, Georgia Tech, and Clemson travel to perform in front of nonconference crowds. Miami, NC State, Virginia, and Wake Forest are in action on Thursday, Nov. 29, the second day of the Challenge. The ACC won the first four Challenge titles, while in 2011 the two conferences each won six games for the first tie in Challenge history.

** Year No. 3 of the “Super Six Series” Women’s Basketball Challenge, which pairs two conference teams from the ACC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Big Ten, Southeastern and Pac-12 against each other. The ACC is 3-1 in the first two seasons of the series, which has been extended to continue though the 2013-14 season. This year Clemson will host USF on Tuesday, Nov. 13, while NC State will travel to LSU on Sunday, Dec. 2.

The 2012-13 women’s basketball season tips-off on Friday, Nov. 9, with seven ACC teams in action, while four ACC teams will commence league play on Thursday, Dec. 6. Beginning this season, ACC women’s basketball programs will move to an 18-game schedule from the previous 16-game conference slate.

In addition to the 57 events announced Thursday as part of the ACC’s conference package, 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 the ACC institutions and as part of other conference packages. Updates concerning these additional appearances will be released as they become confirmed on theACC.com.