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|
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.