- The Washington Times - Monday, March 18, 2019

The Maryland Terrapins get to stay at home to kick off the postseason.

Maryland earned a No. 3 seed in the Albany, New York region of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and will host No. 14 Radford in the first round, Saturday at 11 a.m.

The No. 1 through 4 seeds host the tournament’s first- and second-round games.

Provided the Terrapins take care of Radford, they will meet either No. 6 UCLA or No. 11 Tennessee the following Monday.

ESPN accidentally leaked the women’s bracket during an ESPNU broadcast Monday afternoon, several hours before the network planned to have its selection show.

“An unfortunate technical error by ESPN revealed the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Bracket earlier today,” the NCAA said in a statement. “We regret the network’s mistake and are working with our partners at ESPN to prevent similar errors in future years.”

Baylor, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Louisville are the top seeds, and Connecticut, Iowa, Oregon and Stanford are No. 2 seeds. It’s the first time since 2006 that Connecticut is not a No. 1 seed.

The Terrapins (28-4, 15-3 Big Ten) won the regular-season Big Ten title and advanced to the conference championship game, where they fell to Iowa. They’ve been powered this year by junior guard Kaila Charles, their leading scorer (16.9 ppg), and freshmen Taylor Mikesell (. 419 3-point field goal percentage) and center Shakira Austin (8.1 points, 9.5 rebounds per game).

For all Maryland’s recent dominance in the regular season, the program has only reached the Sweet 16 once since its Final Four appearance in 2015 and will be hungry to make a deep run.

Maryland’s region shapes up to be a monster after the first two rounds. The top seed is Louisville, one of the top teams in women’s hoops led by WNBA prospect Asia Durr, and No. 2 is Geno Auriemma’s Huskies team that could have chips on their shoulders for missing out on a No. 1.

The Women’s Final Four is April 5-7 in Tampa, Florida.

Based in part on wire reports.

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