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CHICAGO – The Big Ten Network will televise 30 conference women’s basketball games this season, and all of these contests will be available in high definition.

The conference schedule opens in grand fashion on Sunday, Dec. 6, with a quadruple-header of games, beginning with Indiana at Michigan State at noon ET, followed by Wisconsin at Ohio State, Penn State at Minnesota and Michigan at Iowa.

During the conference season, the network will typically air games on Thursdays and doubleheaders on Sundays.

“The Big Ten Network will have significantly more women’s basketball than any other network, on all of our platforms,” said Big Ten Network Mark Silverman. “If you’re a fan of women’s basketball, between our games and our studio analysis, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for on the Big Ten Network.”

For the third straight year, the Big Ten Network will televise nine Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament games, including the first round, quarterfinals and semifinals. Coverage begins with the first game of the tournament at noon ET on Thursday, March 4, from Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

In 2009-10, the network also will stream approximately 100 additional conference and non-conference games. That schedule will be available on www.BigTenNetwork.com prior to the season.

The Big Ten Women’s Show also returns with host Lisa Cornwell, airing at 10 PM ET on Monday nights. The program offers an unprecedented level of in-depth analysis and feature stories on Big Ten women’s athletics.

2009-2010 BIG TEN NETWORK WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE All times Eastern

Sunday, December 6 12:00pm Indiana at Michigan State
  2:00pm Wisconsin at Ohio State
  4:00pm Penn State at Minnesota
  6:00pm Michigan at Iowa
Monday, December 28 6:30pm Minnesota at Purdue
Thursday, December 31 TBD Indiana at Purdue
  TBD Michigan at Michigan State
Sunday, January 3 12:00pm Michigan State at Indiana
Thursday, January 7 7:30pm Purdue at Wisconsin
Sunday, January 10 12:00pm Indiana at Penn State
  4:30pm Minnesota at Illinois
Thursday, January 14 7:30pm Purdue at Minnesota
Sunday, January 17 12:00pm Iowa at Purdue
  2/4:30pm Indiana at Ohio State
Thursday, January 21 7:30pm Purdue at Michigan State
Sunday, January 24 12:00pm Indiana at Michigan
Thursday, January 28 7:30pm Minnesota at Ohio State
Sunday, January 31 12:00pm Ohio State at Indiana
  5:00pm Northwestern at Wisconsin
Thursday, February 4 7:30pm Iowa at Ohio State
Sunday, February 7 4:30pm Michigan State at Iowa
Thursday, February 11 7:30pm Purdue at Ohio State
Sunday, February 14 12:00pm Northwestern at Michigan State
  2:30pm Ohio State at Minnesota
Thursday, February 18 7:30pm Minnesota at Iowa
Sunday, February 21 12:00pm Minnesota at Indiana
  5:00pm Purdue at Illinois
Thursday, February 25 6:30pm Wildcard
Sunday, February 28 2:00pm Wildcard
  4:00pm Wildcard

2010 BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Thursday, March 4 Game 1 12:00pm TBD
Thursday, March 4 Game 2 2:30pm TBD
Thursday, March 4 Game 3 5:00pm TBD
Friday, March 5 Game 4 11:30am TBD
Friday, March 5 Game 5 2:00pm TBD
Friday, March 5 Game 6 6:00pm TBD
Friday, March 5 Game 7 8:30pm TBD
Saturday, March 6 Game 8 5:00pm TBD
Saturday, March 6 Game 9 7:30pm TBD

About the Big Ten Network: The Big Ten Network is the first nationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With approximately 350 live events, and nearly all of them in HD, the network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. The network operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, showcasing a wide array of classic-to-current sports and televising more Olympic sporting events and women’s sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation’s finest universities. Each year, the network offers between 35 and 40 football games, 105 regular season men’s basketball games; 55 women’s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Championship events; Big Ten Tonight, a nightly studio show; coaches’ shows; and classic games. Available to all cable and satellite providers nationwide and in Canada, the network currently has agreements with more than 250 affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox (Cleveland, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas), DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. For updated information on the Big Ten Network, go to www.BigTenNetwork.com.