LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — All-American Alyssa Thomas scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Maryland advanced to the Terrapins’ first Final Four since winning the 2006 national championship, holding off Louisville 76-73 Tuesday night in the Cardinals’ home arena.
The Terrapins (28-6) reached their fourth Final Four all-time. They pulled off their second straight upset in Louisville with this victory much harder in essentially a home game for the third-seeded Cardinals, even with the floor covered with the NCAA logo.
Shoni Schimmel scored 31 points, missing a tying 3-pointer off the back rim just before the buzzer. Louisville (33-5) missed a chance for a second straight Final Four with the Cardinals’ season ending shy of the national championship game they lost a year ago.
Lexie Brown added 19 points for Maryland.
The fourth-seeded Terrapins will play undefeated Notre Dame on Sunday in Nashville in a national semifinal.
NCAA WOMEN’S HOOPS
ALL-AMERICA: Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike was honored as a member of The Associated Press women’s basketball All-America team for the second straight season, this time as an unanimous selection. Connecticut’s Breanna Stewart and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims were also on all 36 ballots selected by the national media panel that votes in the weekly Top 25. They were joined on the first team by Notre Dame’s Kayla McBride and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas.
MSU: Michigan State women’s basketball redshirt junior Madison Williams suffered a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee. The injury was revealed and surgery was performed on March 27. It’s the fourth ACL injury for Williams. Williams, a 6-7 center from Berkley, played in 18 games this season, and averaging 1.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in only 8.2 minutes.
NOTRE DAME: Forward Natalie Achonwa will miss the Final Four with a left knee injury, a big blow to the national championship hopes of the Fighting Irish. Coach Muffet McGraw said Achonwa tore her anterior cruciate ligament in Notre Dame’s 88-69 victory over Baylor on Monday night, calling it devastating for the senior but not for the title hopes of the Irish (36-0).