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UMBC wasn’t the first No. 16 seed to win — Harvard was

Harvard's Sarah Russell (left) hugged Laela Sturdy after Harvard beat Stanford 71-67 in the first round of the NCAA women's basketball tournemant in 1998.Susan Ragan/AP/File 1998

The University of Maryland-Baltimore was not the first No. 16 seed to take down a No. 1.

Harvard was.

The Harvard women’s basketball team was the first — and until Friday night, only — team to beat a No. 1 seed in the first round of the Division I NCAA Basketball Championships when it beat Stanford, 71-67, in the 1998 tournament.

So when UMBC became the first men’s team to accomplish the feat with a 74-54 win over No. 1 Virginia, the Crimson were happy to welcome them to the club.

UMBC, in turn, gave credit where it was due.

“They laid the groundwork, it just took us 20 years to catch up,” the school’s Twitter account posted.


Harvard ended up losing to Arkansas in the next round, 82-64. UMBC will face No. 9 Kansas State on Sunday.

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