COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women’s basketball team earned a No. 4 seed in the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Terps will play 13th-seeded Army Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in Comcast Center in the First Round.
Maryland will also welcome fifth-seeded Texas (21-11) and Ivy league champion Penn (22-6) to College Park, who will play at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday. The winners of Sunday’s games will advance to Tuesday’s 7 p.m. Second Round contest in College Park as well. All three games will be shown on the ESPN networks.
The Terrapins are in the Louisville regional, in which Tennessee is the No. 1 seed. For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.
“We are thrilled with the brackets,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “We don’t know obviously a lot about the different teams. I know Army won their conference tournament and are a really well-coached team, I do know that. They’ll bring a level of toughness here into Comcast Center. You’ve got to be able to take one game at a time to be able to advance and move on. We’ve had one of our best weeks at practice. When you talk about just working extremely hard, putting a lot of things together, fine-tuning other things that you needed to do, we’ve been able to do that.”
Tickets for the First and Second Rounds in College Park start at $12 for a single session general admission ticket to Sunday’s games and go up to $30 for an all-session reserved seat. For more information or to purchase, log on tohttp://www1.xosn.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=29700&ATCLID=209390169&DB_OEM_ID=29700.
In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.
This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, five Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 21-8 (.724). The Terps are 10-2 in NCAA Tournament games in Comcast Center.
Senior Alyssa Thomas was named ACC Player of the Year for the third straight year and is the second player in history to earn the honor three times. She became the program’s leading scorer Friday with 2,258 career points to pass Crystal Langhorne. She needs 12 points to pass Juan Dixon’s school record.