Tonight's games

March 14, 1997

Div. I women's NCAA tournament

Mideast Regional, first round

No. 9 seed Maryland (18-9) vs. No. 8 Purdue (16-10)

Site: Old Dominion Field House, Norfolk, Va.

Time: 6

TV: ESPN2

Outlook: The Terps make their 11th appearance in the 16-year history of the NCAA tournament -- their first since 1993. Maryland junior C Kalisa Davis has shot 79 percent from the field in her past five games, and should draw heavy attention from Purdue's interior defense. Maryland guards Kim Bretz and Tiffany Brown have hit 21 of 44 three-pointers in their past five games. The Boilermakers led the Big Ten in free-throw percentage, hitting 74 percent.

Div. III women's NCAA tournament

Mid-Atlantic Regional semifinals

No. 3 Johns Hopkins (24-4)

vs. No. 6 W. Connecticut St. (26-4)

Site: Scranton, Pa.

Time: 8

Outlook: The Blue Jays have reached the Sweet 16 of the tournament for the second time in three years. Led by Centennial Conference Player of the Year Julie Anderson (19.8 points, 12.3 rebounds), Hopkins posted the most wins in school history. Anderson, a first-team All-America pick last year, is the first Blue Jay to go over 1,000 in points and rebounds. The 5-foot-10 forward holds school records in both and is only a junior. All-Conference guard Angie Arnold (15.6 points, 5.0 assists) also has been key to the Blue Jays' surge, as has the emergence of two freshmen -- 5-5 guard Leslie Ritter (9.6 points, 3.4 assists) and 5-10 center Marjahna Segers (8.3 points, 8.7 rebounds). The Blue Jays knocked off second-seeded Elizabethtown, Pa., 64-57 in the second round. Western Connecticut defeated Emmanuel, 76-52, in its second-round game. The Colonials were a Sweet 16 team in 1990 before the tournament expanded to 64 teams. The Little East Conference runners-up have a balanced offense led by 5-9 guard Amy Matthews (12.1 points), 5-8 forward/guard Jennifer Rynearson (10.1 points) and 5-11 forward Tina Shanahan (9.1 points). They rely on a pressure defense led by 5-4 point guard Linda Zapor (3.8 steals). Matthews, Shanahan and Zapor were named to the All-Conference team in the Little East.

Pub Date: 3/14/97

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