Short trip: Navy women's basketball visits Maryland to open NCAA tourney


Do these Mids look scared?


Know who else is happy with the Navy’s draw in the NCAA women’s hoops tournament? Whoever’s in charge of the travel budget.

After claiming their second-straight Patriot League tournament title with a 57-48 win over Holy Cross on Saturday, the Mids will open NCAA play at Maryland, facing the host Terps at 11:15 a.m. this Saturday. There’s already a link for tickets through the University of Maryland’s website.

The hosts are coming off their own tournament title, taking the Atlantic Coast Conference crown with a 68-65 win over Georgia Tech on Sunday.

Despite being in the same state, Saturday marks the first meeting between the Mids and Terps. And for Navy, “uphill climb” might be an understatement: Sophomore Jade Geif, who led the Mids with 22 points against Holy Cross, is also atop the stat sheet with 11.0 points per game — which would barely crack Maryland’s top five. Top Terp scorer Alyssa Thomas (17.4 ppg) was named ACC Player of the Year on March 1.

Of course, if there weren’t upsets in March, your office would be a lot less noisy over these next few weeks. Get the full women’s bracket here. And if you haven’t entered the Military Times Battle of the Brackets, click here. (Quick note to men’s teams: Want a top seed? Play on the deck of an aircraft carrier. So far, 100 percent success rate.)


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