Patriot League Women's Basketball Champion Army will open NCAA Tournament against Maryland

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Army Coach Dave Magarity
Army Coach Dave Magarity

March 17, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The last, and only, time the Patriot League won a game in the NCAA Women's Basketball tournament was 1991 when Holy Cross, seeded 11th, knocked off sixth-seeded Maryland 81-74.

The 2013-14 Army squad will try to pull off a similar feat when they will travel to the Comcast Center in College Park, Md. to face off against Maryland on their home court on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The game will be carried live on ESPN2.

The Black Knights learned their opponent for the first round of the NCAA tournament during the live selection show on ESPN on Monday evening. Army received the automatic bid for the the field of 64 by winning the Patriot League Tournament on Saturday at Cristl Arena with a 68-58 victory over Holy Cross.

Maryland, ranked 11th in the country according to the latest Associated Press poll, received an at-large bid after a 24-6 season out of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Terps were seeded third in the ACC, but were knocked off in the quarterfinal round by No. 6 North Carolina.

All but one of Maryland's losses came against ranked teams, including a total of three to the top two teams in the country Connecticut (once) and Notre Dame (twice).

Army and Maryland were placed in the Louisville Region. The winner of the game between the Black Knights and Terps will face the winner of No.5 Texas vs. No. 12 Penn on Tuesday.

Army enters the NCAA Tournament with a 25-7 record and feature the nation's 18th leading scorer (21.8 ppg) in sophomore Kelsey Minato and senior forward Jen Hazlett (13.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg).

Maryland is led by senior Alyssa Thomas who averages 18.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game and has recorded a double-double in 24 of 30 games this season.