College Park, MD (Sports Network) - Alyssa Thomas scored a game-high 28 points
as the Maryland Terrapins cruised to a comfortable 74-49 win over the Michigan
State Spartans in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Comcast
Also scoring in double figures for fourth-seeded Maryland (26-7) were Katie
Rutan and Tianna Hawkins with 18 and 12 points, respectively, the latter
clearing a game-high 11 rebounds as well. Coming up two points shy of her own
double-double was Alicia DeVaughn who pulled down 10 boards.
The fifth-seeded Spartans (25-9) were paced by Becca Mills and Annalise
Pickrel with 12 points apiece.
MSU led by a basket early on in the meeting, but the team then allowed the
Terps to shoot 51.7 percent from the floor in the first half, en route to a
34-23 margin at the break.
In the second half Maryland pulled away on the strength of 5-of-7 shooting
beyond the arc, while holding the visitors to just 2-of-8 on the perimeter in
Both teams turned the ball over 16 times, but Maryland made up for those
miscues by posting a 39-25 rebounding advantage and outscoring the Spartans at
the charity stripe, 11-2, not to mention 21-9 behind the 3-point line.
With the victory the Terps are headed to the regional semifinals where they
will contend against the Connecticut Huskies who defeated Vanderbilt on Monday
by a score of 77-44.
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