Maryland women earn No. 2 seed in NCAA tournament, chance for two home games

Big Ten champion Maryland women's basketball team react after learning who they will play in the NCAA tournament. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun video)

The NCAA women's basketball selection show held few surprises for Brenda Frese's Maryland team as the Terps received their expected No. 2 seed and learned they would host Iona in the first round at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Terps cheered as their seeding was announced Monday evening but said they didn't much care about the number beyond the fact it will allow them to host the first two rounds of the tournament.


"At this point, it doesn't really matter," said leading scorer Shatori Walker-Kimbrough. "Everyone is good, no matter the seeding."

Walker-Kimbrough said she didn't know much about Iona, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion.

"That's going to change after this event," she said at Maryland's selection show party in the Xfinity Center.

The Gaels (23-11) will be making their first-ever appearance in the tournament. Frese also did not know much about Maryland's first-round opponent but said her assistants would begin scouting immediately.

If the Terps win, they would face the winner of No. 7 seed Washington and No. 10 seed Penn in Monday's second round.

To reach a third straight Final Four, Frese's team would likely have to knock off No. 1 seed Notre Dame in the Elite Eight.

The Irish (31-1) have been the second most dominant program in the women's game in recent years, behind No. 1 overall seed UConn.

Maryland (30-3) could also face the difficult challenge of playing No. 3 seed Kentucky on its home court in Lexington in the Sweet Sixteen.

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