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Maryland Women Receive Top Seed, Face Dartmouth

The third-ranked Maryland women and their fans—about 200 strong—gathered in Heritage Hall inside Comcast Center tonight, already knowing that they were assured a spot in the NCAA tournament and that their first two games will be played in College Park on Sunday and Tuesday. All they were waiting for was the name of their opponents.

At 7:11 p.m., a huge cheer went up as the first match-up of the field of 64 was revealed: No. 1 seed Maryland vs. No. 16 seed Dartmouth in the Raleigh region.

If the Terrapins win, they will face the winner of the 8-9 game between Villanova (19-13) and Utah (22-9). Also in Maryland's region are Baylor (No. 2 seed), Louisville (No. 3 seed) and Vanderbilt (No. 4 seed). Louisville is coached by former Maryland assistant Jeff Walz. The only way the Terrapins can meet top-ranked and undefeated Connecticut is in the national final.

Maryland and Dartmouth have never faced each other in the NCAA women's tournament. The Big Green (18-10, 13-1 Ivy) are making their seventh NCAA tournament appearance; they have never won a game. But two things of note:
1. The only No. 16 to ever upset a No. 1 seed is an Ivy League school: Harvard beat Stanford, 71-67, in 1998.
2. Three years earlier, I was in University Hall as Dartmouth, seeded 14th, almost knocked off third-seeded Virginia. The Big Green ultimately lost, 71-68. I was a sophomore at Dartmouth at the time, covering the team for the school paper.

By Camille Powell  |  March 16, 2009; 7:15 PM ET
Categories:  Women's basketball  
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Congrats to the lady Terps. Beat UConn and bring home a 2nd championship.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 16, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

It feels great to be a Terp. Let's go ladies lets win another one for this great state and school

Posted by: mkbf26 | March 16, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Brenda can coach AND recruit.


Posted by: petecard | March 16, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Brenda can coach AND recruit.


Posted by: petecard | March 16, 2009 8:02 PM



Post of the year!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 16, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

They took my question about Gary coaching the wiz? Sweet.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 16, 2009 4:27 PM


Yeah you're so awesome. Because no one else on here has ever had a question or 2 answered during a Post chat session.

Gary coaching the Wiz. hahahahahahahhahahah

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 16, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

CONGRATS LADY TERPS! Go get 'em turtles! And as a bonus - Brenda is so HOT!!!

Posted by: Stevida | March 16, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Poopy, you really are not smart. i've seen barnos questions on the live chats for years. it's pretty obvious he was making fun of you and you just didn't realize it.

i've read about 20 of poopy's comments on the blog in the past day or so, ever since it was announced that MD was in the tournament, and yet not one thing he's said has been remotely funny, interesting, or contributed to this blog in any way. it's obvious he doesn't get that no one on here cares what he has to say and erroneosly believes that his comments are funny when they aren't at all.

And we're so glad that you jumped on the terps bandwagon now that MD's back in the tournament. real great fan there.

Posted by: mike761 | March 16, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

#1's playing on their home LAME....

Has Chix hoops not advanced beyond that....YET?

Posted by: unc1dmo | March 17, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Go TERPS! The #1 seed is a well-deserved reward for the way the team has been playing the last few weeks.

Posted by: krae-kartoons | March 17, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

unc1dmo: what's wrong with a 1 seed playing on their homecourt for the first two games? In most playoff games in other sports, the higher seed gets home field advantage. So what's the difference? If you perform well during the regular season, you should be rewarded with home court advantage. Sure, a neutral site would be better, but the women don't have to do everything like the boys do.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | March 17, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

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