March 17, 2014
NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Bracket
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Following its Patriot League Championship victory on Saturday, the Army women's basketball team learned Monday evening that it will face Maryland on Sunday, March 23 in the Louisville Region of the NCAA Tournament. The Black Knights were selected as a No. 13 seed, while the Terrapins are seeded fourth. Army's First Round game will be contested at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center with a tip time of 12:30 p.m. The match-up will be aired live on ESPN2.
Army is making its second NCAA appearance as a Division I program this season, after previously reaching the tournament in 2006. The Black Knights were picked as a No. 15 seed in 2006, and faced No. 2 Tennessee in the First Round. Army also qualified for the Division II NCAA Tournament in 1984 and 1988.
"I've been through it a few times, but it never gets old," head coach Dave Magarity said. "For me, it's been quite awhile since I've been there as a head coach. It really is a special time."
Sunday's game will be the Black Knights' first meeting with the Terrapins.
"It's an amazing feeling," senior guard Jen Hazlett said of seeing the Black Knights' name appear during Monday's selection show. "This team deserves it more than anyone. Maryland is a really good team, and it's going to be a challenge for us, but we'll be ready."
2014 Patriot League Player of the Year and Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player Kelsey Minato was recognized during Monday's show when she was tabbed as, "one of the best players in the country," by the ESPN analysts.
"Seeing our name on the televsion screen made it real," Minato said. "We're still soaking in the moment and savoring it. I wasn't expecting to hear my name, but that was a really cool moment for me."
Army is no stranger to playing in the State of Maryland. The Black Knights made the trip twice this season, playing conference rivals Navy and Loyola.
"We've made this trip so many times, the travel won't be too demanding," Magarity said. "The fact that we're playing Maryland is tough. I've seen them play this year, and they're very athletic. They are an explosive team. They have great quickness and great offensive players. We're going to have zero in on that the next few days and get a feel for what we'll have to do to play with them."
Check back for updates on ticket information for Army's opening-round game, which will be posted on www.goARMYsports.com later this evening.