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Maryland advances to elite eight

The Terps have something to cheer about.
The Terps have something to cheer about.
Greg Fiume

Alyssa Thomas scored a career-high 33 points and pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds as fourth-seeded Maryland upset No. 1 seed Tennessee 73-62 March 30 in the Louisville Region semifinal. In so doing, Thomas also scored the most points allowed to a single player by the Lady Vols this season.

Recently acquired Washington Mystic, ESPN analyst and former Vol Kara Lawson predicted the upset during a broadcast the day before.

The Terps play third-seeded Louisville, a 73-47 winner over No. 7 LSU in Sunday afternoon’s late game, on April 1 for the right to advance to the Final Four. Louisville is coached by former Maryland assistant Jeff Walz. Some say he the best among up-and-coming coaches. It is a home game for the Cardinals (32-4).

Maryland (27-6) attacked the paint in the first half building a 41-27 led at halftime. This was the biggest deficit Tennessee had faced all season. The Vols never drew closer than eight points in second half.

Lexie Brown added 14 points, Laurin Mincy had 11 and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough 10 for the Terps.

Meighan Simmons, the Southeastern Conference player of the year, tallied 31 points in her final college game. Bashaara Graves corralled 14 rebounds while Isabelle Harrison grabbed 10 boards. Jasmine Jones chipped in with 11points for the Vols (29-6).

Top-seeded Notre Dame hosts No. 2 Baylor March 31 at 7:30 for one of the final four slots. No. 1-seeded Connecticut plays No. 3 Texas A&M at 9:30 in Lincoln, NE, for another slot. Tomorrow UNC plays Stanford, at Stanford, for the final final four opening.

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