NCAA women’s tournament: Maryland, Navy in Bridgeport Region

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Maryland is the No. 4 seed in the Bridgeport Region and will face Quinnipiac on Saturday to open the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

Coach Brenda Frese’s Terps will host a doubleheader in College Park, playing at 11:15 a.m. with a Michigan State-Marist matchup to follow. The winners of those games will play Monday for a trip to the Sweet 16 in Bridgeport, Conn.

Navy, the Patriot League champion making its third consecutive NCAA appearance, is the 15th seed in the same region and will face second-seeded Kentucky on Sunday at 12:05 p.m. in Queens, New York.

Hampton went unbeaten in the MEAC this year but faces a tall task if it wants a home-court advantage in the Norfolk Region. The 15th seed faces Duke in Durham, N.C., Sunday at 12:05 p.m. to open play and must win twice to get back to familiar turf.

Unlike the school’s men’s team, which made the tournament with at 15-20 record, Liberty’s women have won their share this season. The Flames are the 13th seed in the Oklahoma City Region and will open Sunday at 12:10 p.m. against No. 4 seed Purdue.

Everyone is gunning for defending champion Baylor, the No. 1 overall seed and top team in the Oklahoma City Region.

Connecticut (Bridgeport Region), Stanford (Spokane Region) and Notre Dame (Norfolk Region) are the other top seeds.

Baylor has won 72 of its last 73 games, going unbeaten last year and taking only one loss this season, to Stanford in November.

This year’s Final Four is in New Orleans, with the semifinals set for April 7 and the championship game April 9.

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