Women's College Basketball

 
            === Maryland ousts Louisville to reach Final Four ===
 
 Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Alyssa Thomas registered 22 points and 13
 rebounds  to  lead the fourth-seeded  Maryland Terrapins past the third-seeded
 Louisville  Cardinals, 76-73,  in the  Louisville regional  final of  the NCAA
 Tournament at the KFC Yum! Center.
 
 Thomas  shot 8-of-13  from the field and also swiped three steals for Maryland
 (28-6),  which will  take on unbeaten Notre Dame in the national semifinals on
 Sunday.  Lexie  Brown shot  9-of-10 at  the free-throw  line on  her way to 20
 points, while Katie Rutan added 12 points on 4-of-6 from 3-point range.
 
 For  Louisville (33-5),  Shoni Schimmel poured in 31 points but also committed
 seven  turnovers. Antonita  Slaughter netted 16 points and Asia Taylor stuffed
 the stat sheet with 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
 
 Louisville  had control of  the contest early on, taking a 36-32 lead into the
 halftime  locker room and using an 11-2 run late in the first and early in the
 second half to hold a lead at large as seven, 41-34.
 
 The  Terps caught fire later in the second stanza however, using a 12-0 run to
 surge  ahead.  Maryland  led  by  10 with  under  a  minute  remaining  before
 Louisville  stormed  back to trail by  just three on its final possession, but
 Schimmel's  potential  game-tying 3-pointer in  the waning seconds was off the
 mark.
 
 Maryland  shot 42.6 percent  from the field on the evening and 25-of-28 at the
 free-throw line, which helped make up for a game-high 25 turnovers.
 
 The  Terps advanced  to  their first  Final Four  since  winning the  national
 championship in 2006.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 04/01 22:37:39 ET

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