Maryland women open NCAA Tournament with visit from Quinnipiac

March 18, 2013 | WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women’s basketball team earned a No. 4 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and will host Quinnipiac (30-2) Saturday at 11:15 a.m. in Comcast Center in the First Round.

Maryland will also welcome Marist (26-6) and Michigan State (24-8) to College Park and they will play at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The winners of Sunday’s games will advance to Monday’s 7 p.m. Second Round contest in College Park as well. All three games will be shown on ESPN2.

Tickets for the First and Second Rounds in College Park start at $14 for a single session general admission ticket and go up to $30 for an all-session reserved seat. For more information or to purchase, log on to http://www.umterps.com/sports/w-baskbl/ncaa-tournament.html.

The Terrapins (24-7) are in the Bridgeport regional, in which Connecticut is the No. 1 seed. For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the second-seeded Terps advanced all the way to the Elite Eight. They beat Navy and Louisville in College Park, then came back from an 18-point deficit to knock off defending national champion Texas A&M, 81-74, in the Sweet Sixteen.

This marks Maryland’s 21st NCAA Tournament appearance and ninth in head coach Brenda Frese’s 11 years. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, four Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 19-7 (.731). The Terps are 8-2 in NCAA Tournament games in Comcast Center.

Now in her 11th season at Maryland, Frese was voted ACC Coach of the Year by her peers. Junior Alyssa Thomas was voted ACC Player of the Year for the second straight season and is the first Terrapin to earn the award twice. She led the league in points (18.4), rebounds (10.5) and assists (5.5).

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