North Carolina 78, Maryland 53
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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) _ Nikki Teasley scored 25 points and Coretta Brown added 23 as No. 19 North Carolina beat Maryland 78-53 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Saturday.
The second-seeded Tar Heels (23-7) advanced to Sunday’s semifinals, where they will face sixth-seeded North Carolina State who beat Clemson 61-52.
Candace Sutton added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels, looking for their first tournament title since 1998.
Teasley was 7-for-12 from the floor and 9-for-11 from the line. She also had five rebounds and five assists.
Maryland (13-17) reached the quarterfinals by beating seventh-seeded Wake Forest on Friday, but they could not match the Tar Heels’ size or athleticism.
North Carolina put the game away with a 17-2 run to start the second half, racing to a 54-30 lead with 12:50 to play. Brown and the 6-foot-6 Sutton combined to score 10 points in the paint during the run.
North Carolina led by as many as 30 in the second half.
Jamecca Harrell and Marche Strickland scored 10 points each to lead the Terps, who were outrebounded 45-23.
Maryland hung close early and trailed 23-20 with 4:23 left before halftime. Teasley scored 11 straight points, however, hitting two 3-pointers and two driving layups to help the Tar Heels to a 37-28 halftime edge.
With Sutton finding room in the paint and the athletic Tar Heels driving into the lane, the Tar Heels outscored Maryland 22-4 in the paint while also outrebounding the Terps 24-15.
The Terrapins shot 33 percent for the game.