Aug. 25, 2009
PARK RIDGE, Ill. – The Big Ten on Tuesday announced its 2009-10 conference women’s basketball schedule, once again revealing vast national television exposure for its 11 institutions. Thirty-five Big Ten games will reach a live, national television audience, with 30 broadcast on the Big Ten Network, four on ESPN2 and one on CBS Sports.
The Big Ten Network will also stream additional games throughout the 2009-10 campaign. That schedule will be made available prior to the season.
In addition, all 10 games of the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament will be broadcast live on national television for the third consecutive year with the first nine contests appearing on the Big Ten Network and the championship game broadcast on ESPN2.
The 2009-10 Big Ten women’s basketball conference schedule opens on Sunday, Dec. 6, with 10 of 11 teams in action. Television coverage tips off that day with a Big Ten Network quadruple-header, beginning with Indiana at Michigan State at Noon ET. Wisconsin at Ohio State follows at 2 p.m. ET, and the day concludes with Penn State at Minnesota at 4 p.m. ET and Michigan at Iowa at 6 p.m. ET.
After a break for more non-conference action, the Big Ten schedule picks up again on Monday, Dec. 28. Following that day, conference games will typically be played on Thursdays and Sundays.
ESPN2 will broadcast its first game on Sunday, Jan. 24, as Minnesota hosts Michigan State at 3 p.m. ET. That game will follow the conclusion of Indiana at Michigan on the Big Ten Network at Noon ET. The following day, ESPN2 will air Ohio State at Purdue live at 7 p.m. ET as part of its Big Monday primetime game of the week series.
CBS will air Big Ten women’s basketball on Saturday, Jan. 9, as the Spartans play host to the five-time defending conference champion Buckeyes. Tip is set for 2 p.m. ET.
The regular season will conclude with three wildcard matchups set to air on the Big Ten Network. The network will select one of the four games on Feb. 25 to be played that night at 6:30 p.m., before airing two of four contests the afternoon of Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET.
The complete Big Ten women’s basketball conference schedule, including the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament schedule, can be found by clicking the link at the top of the story.