For the second year in a row, the Maryland Lady Terrapins were matched up against the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in the regionals of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. And for the second year in a row, Brenda Frese’s squad triumphed over the Vols, and are going back to the Final Four.
Sophomore guard Lexie Brown went three of five from three-point range and scored 15 points to lead four starters in double-figure scoring as Maryland held off second-seeded Tennessee 58-48 in the Spokane Regional Final. The Terps (34-2) extended their winning streak to 28 games, and will now face two-time defending national champion Connecticut in the Final Four on April 5 in Tampa. All four number one seeds, including Maryland, have made it to the Final Four.
Brown started slowly, not scoring her first points until late in the first half. She stepped up in the second half, scoring 13 points after halftime. While Brown got un-tracked in the second half, Maryland’s defense clamped down. The Terps held Tennessee to 32 percent shooting, including just one field goal over the final five minutes. Maryland upset Tennessee, the top seed in the Louisville Region in last year’s Sweet 16, then beat Louisville to advance to the Final Four, where the Terrapins lost to Notre Dame.
Brionna Jones had 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 12 points and seven rebounds, and senior guard Laurin Mincy added 10 points and five assists.
Maryland has reached the Final Four for the fifth time in school history, and the third time under Frese.