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Front line to test St. John's in NCAA Round 2 tonight

Ncaa Tournament


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Kia Wright recognizes a bad play when she sees one.

So when the St. John's junior guard was asked yesterday if she would try to drive the lane against Maryland's towering post players in an NCAA tournament second-round matchup tonight at 7 at the Bryce Jordan Center, Wright offered the high-percentage answer.

Maryland women vs. St. John's NCAA tournament second round, tonight, 7, ESPN2


Maryland (29-4) vs. St. John's (22-7)

What -- NCAA women's tournament Albuquerque Regional, second round

Site -- Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pa.

Time -- 7


Seeds -- Maryland, No. 2; St. John's, No. 7

Key matchup -- Much of the Red Storm's scoring punch comes from its five starters, who have combined for 1,592 of the team's 2,059 points (77.3 percent). St. John's bench isn't deep (only one other player has scored more than 200 points this season), which could work in the Terps' favor. Sophomores Ashleigh Newman and Jade Perry are usually the first players off Maryland's bench, and senior Charmaine Carr and junior Aurelie Noirez got significant minutes in the team's first-round win over Sacred Heart.

Outlook -- The Red Storm is 5-4 in the past nine games. St. John's starts a three-guard set that emphasizes the fast break and pressure to create turnovers. The Terps have the speed in the backcourt to get back quickly on defense and contest shots. The frontcourt of Crystal Langhorne, Laura Harper and Perry could make a living in the paint.

Edward Lee

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