Feb. 7, 2007
SAN BRUNO, CA - The 2007 West Coast Conference women's basketball tournament championship game will be broadcast by College Sports Television (CSTV), WCC Commissioner Michael Gilleran announced on Wednesday. The March 4 telecast, with Rich Cellini and Krista Blunk calling the action, will mark the first time in league history that the deciding contest for the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament will be broadcast live to a national television audience. The WCC women's basketball tournament will run March 1-4, 2007 at the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus.
"We are very excited to announce that the WCC Tournament women's championship will be broadcast live to a national audience this season," said Gilleran. "We are eager for the opportunity to put the spotlight on our conference's outstanding female student-athletes, and would like to acknowledge CSTV for their support in highlighting WCC women's basketball."
The 16th annual WCC women's basketball tournament begins with four first round contests on Thursday, March 1. The teams will re-seed for the semifinal round, which will take place on Saturday, March 3 before the championship game on Sunday, March 4 at 1:00 PM (PST).
The West Coast Conference has placed multiple women's basketball teams in the postseason for eight straight years, and 11 times in the past 12 seasons. Pepperdine captured the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament last season, upsetting No. 1 seed Santa Clara in the championship game in Spokane, concluding the first women's tournament held in the Pacific Northwest. The Waves, Broncos, and San Francisco have each won the tournament a WCC-high three times.
CSTV (Direct TV channel 610, Dish Network channel 152) officially began in April 2003 as the first 24-hour network devoted exclusively to college sports. Since then, CSTV has televised more than 6,000 hours of original programming, features, talk shows and documentaries as well as more women's sports coverage than any other network. Its regular season and championship event coverage draws from every major collegiate athletic conference and division, in addition to nine NCAA championships. With nearly 15 million subscribers, CSTV currently has agreements with distributors representing more than 52 million homes nationwide.