COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The fourth-seeded Maryland women’s basketball team will take on fifth-seeded Michigan State Monday at 7 p.m. in the NCAA Second Round at Comcast Center. Tickets are still available on UMTerps.com.
Monday’s game will be shown live on ESPN2 and ESPN3. The winner of the Terps-Spartans matchup will advance to Bridgeport, Conn. for the Regional Semifinals Saturday at noon.
The Terrapins (28-5) advanced to the Second Round with a 72-52 win over 13th-seeded Quinnipiac Saturday in College Park. Alyssa Thomas had 29 points and 13 rebounds and Tianna Hawkins had 23 points and 16 rebounds for Maryland. Alicia DeVaughn added a career-high 17 rebounds and Katie Rutanhad her career-high 11 boards.
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’s11 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 20-7 (.741). The Terps are 9-2 (.818) 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 Thomaswas 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).