Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Duke And Maryland Eliminated from NCAA Tournament

DIGGINS (Gerry Broome/AP Photo)
Alyssa Thomas scored 17 points and Tianna Hawkins and Alicia DeVaughn added 10 apiece for Maryland, but the Terrapins fell to top-seeded Notre Dame 80-49 Tuesday night in the Regional Final of the Raleigh Region.

After rallying from 18 points to beat reigning national champion Texas A&M two days earlier in the regional semifinal, the Terps (31-5) finally slipped into a deficit they couldn't escape. The loss ended the careers of seniors Anjale Barrett, Lynetta Kizer and Kim Rodgers.

After the game was tied four minutes in, the Irish (34-3) broke things open midway through the first half, holding the Terps without a field goal for roughly 5 1/2 minutes during a 26-7 run that pushed their lead into double figures. They led 40-21 at the break.

Notre Dame was led by Sklar Diggins with 22 points.

The night before, Duke lost to Stanford 81-69.  Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 29 points and nine rebounds Monday night despite constant double-teams, sending top-seeded Stanford to their fifth straight Final Four berth.

THOMAS (Gerry Broome/AP Photos)
Little sister, Chiney, did plenty to seal the Denver trip, too - along with everybody else. Chiney Ogwumike grabbed 17 rebounds to go with 12 points and freshman Amber Orrange came through with 13 points and four assists as the Cardinal extended their school-record winning streak to 32 games.

Chelsea Gray had 23 points, four rebounds and four assists and Shay Selby scored 11 in her final college game for Duke (27-6).

Baylor and UConn are the other two teams in the women’s Final Four.

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