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NCAA Women’s Capsules

March 31, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — Alyssa Thomas scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as fourth-seeded Maryland upset top-seeded Tennessee 73-62 on Sunday in the Louisville Region semifinals.

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.

The Lady Vols will miss the Final Four for a sixth straight season. This hurts even more with the national championship game being played April 8 in nearby Nashville.

LOUISVILLE 73, LSU 47

Shoni Schimmel scored 19 points and Tia Gibbs added five 3-pointers as 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.

Louisville moved on to host Maryland on Tuesday night, matching Cardinals coach Jeff Walz against Terrapins counterpart Brenda Frese, whom he worked under from 2002-07.

STANFORD 82, PENN STATE 57

STANFORD, California (AP) — 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 Lady Lions to move into Tuesday night’s regional final against either No. 4 seed North Carolina or top-seeded South 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 in Stanford’s ninth straight NCAA tournament home win.

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