2012 Women's NCAA Tournament: Maryland Defeats Navy 59-44, Will Next Face Lousiville

The No. 2 seed Maryland Terrapins women's basketball team struggled out of the gate in the first half of their 2012 Women's NCAA tournament first round game with Navy, but righted the ship in the second half behind the play of ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas on their way to a 59-44 victory. It was Maryland's eight win in a row, and eleventh in their last twelve contests.

Thomas struggled in the first half, but ended the game scoring 17 points total. She poured in twelve after halftime on five of seven second half shooting. The 6-foot-2 sophomore also grabbed ten rebounds.

The Patriot League champion Mids were unable to match up with the size and athleticism of Maryland, as they were outrebounded 46-33, shooting just 30.5 percent from the floor and taking only two free throws the entire game. Jade Geif led the way for Navy with 14 points

Maryland will next face No. 7 seed Louisville, a 67-55 winner over No. 10 seed Michigan State on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals are coached by former Maryland assistant Jeff Walz.

For more coverage of the 2012 Women's NCAA tournament, follow this StoryStream. For more on the Terrapins, check out Testudo Times.

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