Maryland women earn No. 2 seed, to face Mount St. Mary’s to open NCAA tournament



COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Big Ten champion Maryland women’s basketball team (24-2) earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship in San Antonio, Texas.
The Terrapins, who are in the Hemisfair Region, will face 15th-seeded Mount St. Mary’s (17-6) Monday at 4 p.m. ET on one of two courts at the Alamodome. The Terps-Mountaineers matchup will be televised nationally on ESPN. The winner of Monday’s game will advance to face the winner of a matchup between No. 7-seeded Alabama (16-9) and No. 10-seeded North Carolina (13-10).
Maryland has earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 11 seasons, but the 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Terrapins have earned a top seed four times (1989, 2008, 2009, 2015) and a No. 2 seed eight times (1982, 1992, 1993, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2016, 2021).
Maryland has made 27 NCAA Tournament appearances and is 46-26 (.639) all-time in the NCAA Tournament. In their 15 appearances under head coach Brenda Frese, the Terrapins are 34-14 (.708).
Frese, this year’s ESPN National Coach of the Year, has led the Terrapins to eight Sweet Sixteens, six Elite Eights, three Final Fours and the 2006 NCAA Championship.
The Terps are 16-3 all-time in First Round Games and 15-0 in First Round games under Frese.
Maryland is 8-0 all-time vs. Mount St. Mary’s. This will be the two schools’ first meeting in the NCAA Tournament.