The Maryland and Georgetown women’s basketball teams met in a stern early-season test for both teams.
The Terrapins and Hoyas are now a victory apiece away from getting a rematch in College Park.
Maryland earned the No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament’s Philadelphia bracket on Monday night, while Georgetown was handed the No. 5 seed in the same regional.
The Terps (23-7), who returned to the tournament after a one-year hiatus, will face Northeast Conference champ St. Francis (Pa.) in the first round. Maryland’s game against the Red Flash (22-11) will tip at noon on Sunday.
In the second game, Georgetown (22-10) will face Ivy League winner Princeton (24-4).
The winners of the two games will meet March 22 at 7 p.m.
If it is a Maryland-Georgetown pairing in the second round, it will be a rematch of a Nov. 16 game at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas secured a 53-45 victory, forcing 29 turnovers and limiting the Terps to 17.5 percent shooting. It was the first time in nine all-time meetings Georgetown upended Maryland.
“I know we’re definitely excited to get them back on our own court,” freshman forward Alyssa Thomas said. “We really struggled with their press and finishing our layups. We’ve grown since then. In the beginning of the season, we missed a lot of layups, easy shots and things like that. We didn’t know where everything fit in. We’ve grown since then and really hit our stride.”
As intriguing as a Georgetown-Maryland rematch would be, the rest of the Philadelphia bracket is littered with intriguing names. ACC champ Duke, which split two games with the Terps, is the No. 2 seed in the regional.
The biggest name could await in the regional semifinals. Top-seeded Connecticut, which has won two straight national titles and is 110-1 over the last three seasons, would be the round of 16 opponent for Maryland or Georgetown if either advances to the second weekend.
“I actually had the thought over the week —- you know, kind of randomly in your head —- who would we put on Maya Moore to defend?” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “I had already kind of thought through the scenario. I’m excited. You want to play against the best. Obviously if we get to that point, UConn would be a phenomenal opponent.”
Georgetown lost twice to the Huskies —- 52-42 in the regular season, and 59-43 in the Big East tournament.
The Hoyas are making their third NCAA appearance and consecutive trips for the first time in school history. Meanwhile, the Terps will be in the field for the 19th time and the seventh time in the last eight years. The lone exception was last season, when Maryland advanced to the third round of the WNIT.
“We knew our name was going to be called, a feeling we didn’t have last year,” forward Lynetta Kizer said.
Navy (20-11), the winners of the Patriot League tournament, earned the No. 14 seed in the Philadelphia bracket and will face third-seeded DePaul (26-7) on Saturday.
The Midshipmen, who are making their first NCAA appearance in program history, will face a Blue Demons team that tied for second in the Big East during the regular season.
Elsewhere in the region, James Madison will serve as a de facto home team in its subregional. The Dukes (26-7) will be the 11th seed in the Dayton bracket and will meet sixth-seeded Oklahoma (21-11) on Sunday in Charlottesville.
Hampton, the MEAC champion, is the No. 13 seed in the Spokane bracket. The Pirates (25-6) will meet fourth-seeded Kentucky in Albuquerque, N.M.
—- Patrick Stevens