Second-half surge lifts Maryland in NCAA women’s tournament

Blake Dietrick
Princeton guard Blake Dietrick reacts after a timeout is called during the second half of Princeton’s 85-70 loss to Maryland in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Dietrick scored 26 points.
(Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

Laurin Mincy scored 27 points and top-seeded Maryland used a second-half blitz to knock off previously unbeaten Princeton, 85-70, Monday night in the Spokane Regional at College Park, Md.

The Terrapins (32-2) will take a 26-game winning streak into a matchup with Duke (23-10) in a Sweet 16 game Saturday at Spokane, Wash.

The Terrapins used a 17-2 run immediately after halftime to pull away.

Lexie Brown scored 23 points for the Terrapins.


Eighth-seeded Princeton (31-1) was coming off the program’s first victory in an NCAA tournament.

Tennessee 77, Pittsburgh 67: Bashaara Graves had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the second-seeded Volunteers (29-5), who are 56-0 in NCAA tournament home games. Brianna Kiesel had 32 points for the 10th-seeded Panthers (20-12), whose late rally came up short at Knoxville, Tenn.

In the Albany Regional:

Connecticut 91, Rutgers 55: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 23 points at Storrs, Conn., and the top-seeded Huskies (34-1) advanced to a regional semifinal for the 22nd consecutive year. Tyler Scaife had 16 points for the Scarlet Knights (23-10), who were seeded eighth.


Louisville 60, South Florida 52: Jude Schimmel scored 13 points for the third-seeded Cardinals (27-6) at Tampa, Fla. Courtney Williams had 25 points for the sixth-seeded Bulls (27-8). It was the 20th time she scored 20 points or more this season.

In the Oklahoma City Regional:

Stanford 86, Oklahoma 76: Amber Orrange scored 24 points for the fourth-seeded Cardinal (26-9) at Palo Alto. Stanford advanced to the Sweet 16 for the eighth consecutive year. Kaylon Williams scored 24 points for the Sooners (21-12).

In the Greensboro Regional:

North Carolina 86, Ohio State 84: Jamie Cherry’s basket with 0.6 seconds to play lifted the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-8) at Chapel Hill, N.C. Stephanie Mavunga had a career-high 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Tar Heels. Ameryst Alston had 30 points for the fifth-seeded Buckeyes (24-11).

Arizona State 57, Arkansas Little Rock 54: Sophie Brunner had 16 points and scored the go-ahead basket with less than a minute left, helping the third-seeded Sun Devils (29-5) rally from a 16-point deficit at Tempe, Ariz. The 11th-seeded Trojans (29-5) were held scoreless during a 51/2-minute stretch in the second half.

Florida State 65, Florida Gulf Coast 47: Shakayla Thomas scored 12 points to help the second-seeded Seminoles (31-4) prevail at Tallahassee, Fla., and end the seventh-seeded Eagles (30-3) winning streak at 26 games.

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