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Arizona women’s basketball gets two more ESPN games

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After dominating No. 10 Oregon in their first ESPN game since 2005, the Arizona Wildcats learned that they will appear on the Worldwide Leader at least two more times this season.

The program announced Friday that its road games against No. 1 Stanford and No. 10 Oregon will air on ESPN2.

In order to do that, the Oregon game—originally scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 7 in Eugene—will now be played at 5 p.m. MST on Monday, Feb. 8.

The Stanford game remains scheduled for Monday, Feb. 22 and will tip off at 6 p.m. MST. The Cardinal are unbeaten and routed the Wildcats 81-54 on Jan. 1 in McKale Center.

Arizona head coach Adia Barnes has repeatedly mentioned how helpful these ESPN games are for national exposure. When the Wildcats aren’t on ESPN, they play on Pac-12 Network, which isn’t carried by several major cable/streaming companies, or a school-produced live stream.

“It helps your players when it comes down to All-American voting and any national honors because that might be the only time the national writers see you,” she said. “And so I think it means a lot and just for recruiting to have that. I think it’s a pretty big deal.”