Terps make a statement by knocking out Vols

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Maryland coach Brenda Frese wanted her Terrapins to send a reminder that they're still playing, too. They did just that by sending home an eight-time national champion and putting themselves a win away from a Final Four.

Alyssa Thomas scored a career-high 33 and grabbed 13 rebounds as fourth-seeded Maryland upset No. 1 seed Tennessee 73-62 on Sunday in the Louisville Region semifinal.

Maryland celebrated with a brief message on a board in the locker room: "THEY KNOW OUR NAME NOW!"

"Maybe people will start talking about Maryland and what Maryland's accomplished," Frese said. "We have a story, too. We have tradition. I'm so proud of how these kids fought."

The Terrapins (27-6) reached their ninth region final and first since 2012. They did it against a program they had beaten only four times and never in the NCAA Tournament. Maryland improved to 5-10 against Tennessee (29-6) with a little revenge for its previous tournament loss in the 1989 Final Four.

Guard Katie Rutan said Frese fired them up before tipoff.

"No one has really been talking about us all year," Rutan said. "Just to come out and throw that punch, show them that we're here, we are Maryland and we are going down fighting no matter what. We're going to come out on top."

LOUISVILLE 73, LSU 47: Shoni Schimmel scored 19, Tia Gibbs had five 3-pointers and the third-seeded Cardinals rolled against the injury-riddled Tigers, who dressed only eight players. Louisville (33-4) hit a season-best 12 3-pointers to move within a game of its second straight Final Four berth.

"We won't let up on people and we know that there's a lot that we still have to work on," said Gibbs, who had 15 points and five rebounds. "We can be up by 30 with a minute left, and we're getting upset at our players for doing something wrong. It's just our focus."

Seventh-seeded LSU (21-13) shot 24 percent in its worst NCAA Tournament loss.

Stanford Region

STANFORD 82, PENN ST. 57: Chiney Ogwumike had 29 points and 15 rebounds, Mikaela Ruef produced a career performance on both ends and the second-seeded Cardinal (32-3) rolled.

"Mikaela's our rock out there," Ogwumike said. "She does a lot of the grunt work."

Ariel Edwards scored 22 for the third-seeded Lions (24-8). Leading scorer Maggie Lucas was scoreless in the second half and finished with six.

UNC 65, S.C. 58: Diamond DeShields escaped two close calls with injury to score 19, moving the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (27-9) one win closer to a reunion with healing coach Sylvia Hatchell.

Brittany Rountree hit two free throws with 1:14 left and two more with 36.4 seconds left to seal it for North Carolina. Hatchell's doctors have said she could travel to the Final Four in Nashville after recently having her final chemotherapy session for leukemia.

Alaina Coates hit several key baskets down the stretch on the way to 22 points for the top-seeded Gamecocks (29-5), held to 37.7 percent shooting while committing 13 turnovers.

ELSEWHERE: ESPN analyst Jimmy Dykes was hired as coach at Arkansas, his first college coaching job in more than 20 years. He succeeds Tom Collen, who was fired this month after his seventh season.

Women's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16

Region semis Region finals Final Four Championship Final Four Region finals Region semis
lincoln Lincoln, Neb. 1 UConn 70 1 Notre Dame 89 South Bend, Ind. notre dame
1 UConn Nashville 1 Notre Dame
12 BYU 51 5 Oklahoma St. 72
Tonight Tonight
3 Texas A&M 84 About 9:30, ESPN 7:30, ESPN 3 Kentucky 72
3 Texas A&M 2 Baylor
7 DePaul 65 2 Baylor 90
April 6 April 8 April 6
stanford Stanford, Calif. 1 South Carolina 58 1 Tennessee 62 Louisville, Ky. louisville
4 N. Carolina 4 Maryland
4 North Carolina 65 4 Maryland 73
Tuesday Tuesday
3 Penn State 57 About 9, ESPN 7, ESPN 3 Louisville 73
2 Stanford 3 Louisville
2 Stanford 82 7 LSU 47

Terps make a statement by knocking out Vols 03/30/14 [Last modified: Sunday, March 30, 2014 10:15pm]

© 2014 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...