LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Senior forward Alyssa Thomas had a career-high 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the fourth-seeded Maryland Terrapins past the top-seeded Tennessee Volunteers 73-62 in the third round of the NCAA women’s basketball Sunday.
Thomas, the ACC Player of the Year, posted a school-record 65th double-double of her career, and Lexie Brown added 14 points for the Terrapins (27-6), who visit Louisville on Tuesday in the Louisville Regional final. Laurin Mincy and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough came off the bench to score 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Alicia DeVaughn grabbed 10 rebounds for Maryland, which led most of the game.
Meighan Simmons, the SEC Player of the Year, scored 31 points to lead the Volunteers (29-6). Jasmine Jones came off the bench and scored 11 points, Bashaara Graves had 14 rebounds and Isabelle Harrison grabbed 10 for Tennessee.
Thomas scored 15 points in the first half to power the Terrapins to a 41-27 lead. Maryland scored 14 points off of Tennessee’s 14 turnovers before intermission.
Maryland advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2012. Sunday’s game marked the schools’ first meeting since 2005 and their first NCAA tournament matchup since the 1989 Final Four.
Louisville 73, LSU 47
Shoni Schimmel recorded 19 points and dished out six assists as the Cardinals rolled over the visiting Lady Tigers in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
Tia Gibbs made five 3-pointers en route to 15 points for third-seeded Louisville (33-4), which made 12-of-30 from behind the arc. Antonita Slaughter had 10 points and Asia Taylor added 10 rebounds for the Cardinals, who will host fourth seed Maryland on Tuesday in the Louisville regional final.
Danielle Ballard led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds for seventh-seeded LSU (21-13), which was without double-figure scorers Raigyne Moncrief (knee) and Jeanne Kenney (concussion) due to injuries. Theresa Plaisance added seven points and 12 boards for the Lady Tigers, who shot 23.9 percent from the field.
Ballard scored 10 points as the Lady Tigers built a 12-9 lead before Louisville ran off 15 of the next 17, including two 3-pointers by Gibbs, to take control. Schimmel had 14 points in the opening half, including five as the Cardinals scored 10 of the final 13 to take a 41-23 lead at intermission.
LSU pulled within 42-29 early in the second half before Schimmel scored five more during a 9-2 run to give the Cardinals a 20-point edge. Louisville cruised from there to improve to 18-1 on its home court this season and reach the Elite Eight for the third time in the last six years.
Stanford 82, Penn State 57
Chiney Ogwumike racked up 29 points and 15 rebounds to power the No. 2 seed Cardinal into the Elite Eight on their home court. Ogwumike’s 25th double-double of the season and Amber Orrange’s 18 points led Stanford (32-3), which improved to 16-0 at home this season and 29-4 all-time in NCAA tournament play at Maples Pavilion. Mikaela Ruef collected 11 points and 13 rebounds and Lili Thompson also scored 11 for the Cardinal, who will face No. 1 seed South Carolina or No. 4 seed North Carolina in the Stanford regional final.
Ariel Edwards scored 22 points to lead Penn State (24-8), which shot just 30.8 percent in the second half. Dara Taylor scored 11 points and Talia East added 10 for the third-seeded Lady Lions.
The Cardinal turned a moderate lead into a blowout with a dominant defensive stretch in the second half. They held the Lady Lions without a field goal for 6:40, outscoring Penn State 19-4 over that stretch to extend their lead to 82-54.
The Lady Lions kept it close early and led 23-19 with just over nine minutes left in the half before Ogwumike scored six points during a 14-0 run to open it up. Stanford increased the lead to 36-25 on Bonnie Samuelson’s 3-pointer with 3:38 left in the half and led by double digits the rest of the way.
UConn 70, Brigham Young 51
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis recorded 19 points, 13 rebounds and four assists as the unbeaten Huskies pulled away from the Cougars in the third round of the NCAA tournament in Lincoln, Neb.
Breanna Stewart contributed 16 points for top seed Connecticut (37-0), which will play third-seeded Texas A&M in the Lincoln regional final Monday. Bria Hartley poured in 12 points — all in the second half — Moriah Jefferson had 11 and Stefanie Dolson scored nine and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Huskies, who reached the Elite Eight for the ninth straight year.
Kim Beeston made four 3-pointers en route to 16 points to lead the way for 12th-seeded Brigham Young (28-7), which led twice by a point early in the second half. Morgan Bailey registered 14 points while Jennifer Harrison had nine points, 13 rebounds and six blocks for the Cougars, who were beaten 20-12 on the offensive boards.
Hartley scored the final five points during a 10-0 burst that gave Connecticut a 47-37 lead 5½ minutes into the second half. Brigham Young pulled within 52-46 on a 3-pointer by Beeston, but Mosqueda-Lewis had two baskets as the Huskies scored the next seven points and continued to stretch their lead.
Beeston scored 13 in the first half, including five straight that gave the Cougars a 27-21 edge with a little under five minutes left. UConn shot only 35.5 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, but the Huskies scored nine of the last 11 — five by Mosqueda-Lewis — to take a 30-29 lead at intermission.