- The Washington Times - Monday, March 12, 2018

The Washington region may not be sending any men’s basketball teams to the NCAA Tournament, but several of the area’s women’s teams are going dancing.

Now they know where and when.

March Madness season continued Monday with the 2018 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Selection Show. Perennial power Maryland led the local pack by earning the No. 5 seed in the Kansas City Regional. 

Connecticut earned the No. 1 overall seed. The Huskies are the nation’s lone unbeaten team and are aiming for their 12th national championship. They are joined as top seeds by Notre Dame, Louisville and Mississippi State.

The Terrapins’ first game comes against No. 12 Princeton in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Friday at noon. Because they did not earn a No. 4 seed or higher, they must travel to another campus site and would draw No. 4 North Carolina State in the second round.

Maryland (27-5, 12-4 Big Ten) started the season 15-2 and only dropped games to two of the best teams in the nation in South Carolina and Connecticut. But the Terrapins lost three straight conference games just prior to the end of the regular season and fell to Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament title game.

George Washington (19-13, 10-6 Atlantic 10) will face that Ohio State team in the first round in Columbus, Ohio, the No. 3-No. 14 game in the Spokane Region. They tip off Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The Colonials upset top-seeded Dayton 58-53 in the Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinals, then topped No. 6 St. Joseph’s 65-49 to clinch the title and the conference’s automatic bid.

American (26-6, 16-2 Patriot) did not need upsets to punch its ticket. The Eagles earned the Patriot League’s top seed and defeated No. 3 Navy 58-49 Sunday in the league championship game at Bender Arena, where they did not lose all season.

But American will not play any home games in the tournament. The Eagles earned the Kansas City Regional No. 14 seed and will travel to Los Angeles to face No. 3 UCLA, Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

American is led by Patriot League Player of the Year Emily Kinneston and conference tournament MVP Cecily Carl.

Finally, two teams from Virginia made the field of 64. Virginia (18-13, 10-6 ACC) won an at-large bid as the Albany Region’s No. 10 seed and will start by facing No. 7 California in Columbia, South Carolina.

It is the program’s first tournament appearance since 2010. If the Cavaliers win their first game, they will likely run into the defending champions No. 2 South Carolina in round two.

Like George Washington and American, Liberty (24-9, 16-2 Big South) earned a No. 14 seed and will play No. 3 Tennessee in Knoxville. The Flames led the Big South from start to finish and have won 15 of their last 16 games.

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