Maryland 73, Tennessee 62
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 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as fourth-seeded Maryland upset No. 1 seed Tennessee 73-62 on Sunday in the Louisville Region semifinal in Kentucky.
Maryland celebrated with a brief message on a board in the locker room: “THEY KNOW OUR NAME NOW!”
The Terrapins (27-6) reached their ninth regional final and first since 2012. They did it against a program the Terps had beaten only four times previously and never before in the NCAA tournament. Maryland improved to 5-10 against Tennessee (29-6) with a little revenge for their previous tournament loss in the 1989 Final Four.
Thomas scored the most points allowed to a single player by Tennessee this season, and she also extended her school record with her 65th career double-double. Lexie Brown added 14 points, Laurin Mincy had 11 and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough 10. But Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said Thomas hurt them the most with Tennessee unable to find a way to stop her.
Maryland will face Louisville on Tuesday night with a trip to the Final Four at stake.
Louisville 73, LSU 47
Shoni Schimmel scored 19 points, Tia Gibbs added five 3-pointers and third-seeded Louisville rolled seventh-seeded LSU to reach the regional final of the NCAA tournament.
Facing an injury-riddled Tigers squad that dressed just eight players, the Cardinals (33-4) rung up another rout highlighted by a season-best 12 3-pointers with the two seniors leading the way. Schimmel was 3 of 5 from beyond the arc and three other Cardinals contributed.
LSU (21-13) on the other hand went 31 minutes with just Danielle Ballard (24 points), Jasmine Rhodes (eight) and Theresa Plaisance (seven) scoring before other Tigers chipped in.
Louisville moves on to host Maryland on Tuesday night, matching Cardinals coach Jeff Walz against Terrapins counterpart Frese, whom he worked under from 2002-07.
Stanford 82, Penn State 57
Chiney Ogwumike had 29 points and 15 rebounds, Mikaela Ruef produced a career performance on both ends, and second-seeded Stanford reached the regional final on its home floor.
The Cardinal (32-3) built a big first-half lead and rolled against the third-seeded Lions to move into Tuesday night’s regional final against No. 4 seed North Carolina.
Ruef recovered from getting poked in the eye early to contribute 11 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Amber Orrange added 18 points.
Ariel Edwards scored 22 points for the Lions (24-8).
North Carolina 65, South Carolina 58
Diamond DeShields escaped two close calls with injury to score 19 points, leading North Carolina one win closer to a sweet reunion with healing coach Sylvia Hatchell by beating top-seeded South Carolina in the Stanford Regional semifinals in California.
Brittany Rountree converted a pair of free throws with 1:14 left and two more at the 36.4-second mark to help seal it for the No. 4 seed Tar Heels (27-9).
Alaina Coates hit several key baskets down the stretch on the way to 22 points for South Carolina (29-5).