GREENSBORO, N.C. – The ninth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team earned the No. 2 seed in this week’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. The Terps will play seventh-seeded Georgia Tech or 10th-seeded Wake Forest Friday at 6 p.m.
The game will be shown on RSN and specific television channels will be released this week.
Maryland (23-6, 14-4 ACC) earned a first round bye for the eighth time under head coachBrenda Frese. The Yellow Jackets (14-15, 7-11) and the Demon Deacons (12-18, 5-13) will play Thursday at 6 p.m., with the winner advancing to take on the Terrapins. Maryland’s 14 conference wins are a school record.
Maryland is 49-25 (.662) all-time in the ACC Tournament and is 14-8 (.636) under Frese. The Terrapins are 13-6 all-time as the No. 2 seed (.684). Maryland won the program’s 10th ACC title last year as the No. 3 seed with a 68-65 win over fourth-seeded Georgia Tech. ACC Tournament MVP Alyssa Thomas scored 29 points in the championship game to lift the Terps.
Senior Tianna Hawkins has led the ACC in scoring all season long. She averages 18.5 points per game, which is the most any Terrapin has averaged in a single season since Deanna Tate averaged 19.8 in 1988-89. Hawkins is second in the league rebounding with 9.4 per contest. The senior recently broke the 1,000-rebound mark and is third on Maryland’s all-time list. She currently has 1,518 career points.
Thomas, the 2012 ACC Player of the Year, leads the league in rebounding with 10.3 per game and is third in scoring (17.9) and second in assists (5.2). The junior leads the league with 17 double-doubles this year, including 12 in ACC play.
For game times and the latest on the ACC Tournament, log on to http://www.theacc.com/championships/acc-womens-basketball-tournament.html. All rounds will be televised.
A printable bracket can be found at http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/md/sports/w-baskbl/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/2013ACCTournamentBracket.pdf.