The University of Maryland (17-12) will be making its fourth successive appearance in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I women's basketball tournament when it faces Holy Cross (24-5) Wednesday night in Worcester, Mass.
Maryland (10-7) has made the postseason tournament eight times in the event's 10-year history, including two trips to the Final Four, but Holy Cross (0-2) will be trying to get past the opening round for the first time in three tries.
It will be their first meeting, with the winner advancing to a Mideast Regional second-round game Sunday afternoon at third-seed Auburn University (24-5). Tennessee (25-5) is the top seed in the region, with other No. 1 positions going to top-ranked Penn State (29-1) in the East, Virginia (27-2) in the Midwest, and Georgia (26-3) in the West.