Army Falls to Maryland in First Round of NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Kelsey Minato, left, battles Maryland's Malina Howard
Kelsey Minato, left, battles Maryland's Malina Howard

March 23, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Sophomore guard Kelsey Minato connected on a three-point field goal to give Army an 18-15 lead with 9:10 left in the first half, but that would be the last field goal for more than 10 minutes as fourth-seeded Maryland seized control for a 90-52 victory in an NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament First Round game at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md.

Jen Hazlett, Jean Parker and Minato all hit three-point field goals as Army connected on seven of its first 12 shots in the game, forcing Maryland coach Brenda Frese to call a timeout. The Terps responded by finishing the half on a 29-2 run to take a 44-20 lead into the locker room.

Maryland's three-time ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds to record her 25th double-double of the season, but it was freshman guard Lexie Brown who sparked the Terps surge.

Brown, the daughter of former NBA guard Dee Brown, shot 9-of-11 from the field -- including 3-of-4 from behind the arc -- to finish with 21 points and five assists. Brown went on a personal 8-0 run as the Terps scored the final 20 points of the first half.

Minato opened the second half by connecting on her third three-point field goal of the afternoon to cut the lead to 21, but that is as close as the Black Knights would get. Maryland stretched the lead to as many as 41 (83-42) as both teams emptied their benches in the final minutes.

The two-time Patriot League Player of the Year finished with 27 points and connected on 6-of-10 three-point field goals. Hazlett added nine points and Parked chipped in with eight points off the bench for Army.

The Black Knights ended the season with a 25-8 record, breaking the program record for victories during the Division I era. Army claimed its second Patriot League championship to earn the NCAA berth.

Maryland advances to the second round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament and will face the winner of Penn-Texas on Tuesday in College Park, Md.