March 17, 2003
2003 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship
Norman, Okla. - Lloyd Noble Center
Sunday, March 23
(15) Saint Francis vs. (2) Villanova, at 6 p.m.
(10) Oklahoma vs. (7) George Washington, 30 minutes after first game
Tuesday, March 25
Winner of Game 1 and Game 2, TBA
Games times for the 2003 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship have been announced. Oklahoma's subregional will hit ESPN air waves starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 23.
Second seed Villanova (25-5) and 15th seed Saint Francis (23-7) tips off NCAA action in Norman at 6 p.m. inside the Lloyd Noble Center. Host team and 10th seed Oklahoma (19-12) will play George Washington (24-6) following the conclusion of the first game. All times are central standard.
Winners of Sunday games will advance to Tuesday's second-round game that will be aired on ESPN or ESPN2. Tip time as not been announced. The winner of that game advances to the Mideast Regional in Knoxville, Tenn.
All games involving Oklahoma will be carried live on the Sooner Basketball Radio Network on 1520-AM KOMA and available live by Yahoo! on the Internet at www.soonersports.com.
Villanova won the Big East Tournament by upsetting defending NCAA Champions Connecticut, ending the Huskies' 70-game winning streak. The Wildcats lost to the then top-seeded Sooners 66-53 in the second round of last year's tournament. Nova has have never advanced past the second round in its previous six NCAA appearances.
George Washington, winners of the Atlantic 10 Tournament, will be appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in 13 years. The Colonials have won nine straight games and 20 of their last 21.
Saint Francis earned the automatic bid to the "Big Dance" by winning the Northeast Conference Tournament. The Red Flash has participated in seven of the last eight NCAA Tournaments, producing an overall record of 0-7.
As part of the 11-year agreement between ESPN, Inc. and the NCAA beginning with the 2002-03 academic year and for the first time ever, all 63 games will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN2. The agreement keeps ESPN as the championship's exclusive television home for the eighth consecutive year (since 1996).
ESPN and ESPN2 will offer whiparound-style coverage in the first and second-rounds for most of the nation with regionalized/protected coverage in the home markets of the participating institutions. All first- and second-round games will be available in their entirety though ESPN's FullCourt pay-per-view package. Beginning with the regional semifinals, the remaining 15 games will be televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN2.