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Women’s basketball media day set for Thursday

Top student-athletes, coaches to participate in interviews on ESPN platforms

With the 2017-18 women’s basketball season fast approaching, the NCAA and ESPN are hosting the third annual Women’s Basketball National Media Day on Thursday on the ESPN campus in Bristol, Connecticut.

Participants in the event include head coaches Karen Aston (Texas), Geno Auriemma (UConn), Kelly Graves (Oregon), Muffet McGraw (Notre Dame), Vic Schaefer (Mississippi State) and Dawn Staley (South Carolina). They will be joined by top student-athletes for the coming season in Kalani Brown (Baylor), Asia Durr (Louisville), Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon), Morgan William (Mississippi State), Gabby Williams (UConn) and A’ja Wilson (South Carolina).

“As we prepare for the 2017-18 season tipoff, ESPN is excited and proud to host the annual NCAA Women’s Basketball National Media Day,” said Carol Stiff, vice president of women’s sports programming at ESPN.  “It is wonderful to be able to have premier coaches and players visit Bristol to participate in a full day of interviews across several ESPN platforms, including ‘SportsCenter,’ ‘First Take’ and espnW.”

The coaches and student-athletes also will be featured in the “Around the Rim” podcast, as well as one-on-one interviews with Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe and Andy Landers. Additional content, including stories and video interviews will be available on espnW.

Fans are invited to join the Women’s Basketball National Media Day conversation on social media by using the hashtag #OurGameOurStory.

Two of last year’s Women’s Final Four teams — Stanford and UConn — tip off ESPN’s season coverage on Sunday, Nov. 12 (1:30 p.m. Eastern time, ESPN), followed by another potential top-10 matchup between Louisville and Ohio State (4 p.m., ESPNU). The Sunday doubleheader will be played in Columbus, Ohio, the site of the 2018 Women’s Final Four.