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March 26, 2014

Terrapins knock Longhorns out of tourney

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. —

Penn St. 83, Florida 61: STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Maggie Lucas and Dara Taylor each scored 22 points to send Penn State into the Sweet 16 with a win over Florida.

The third-seeded Lady Lions (24-7) will play at No. 2 Stanford (30-3) on Sunday.

Lucas, the two-time Big Ten player of the year, surpassed the 2,500 career-point milestone and led the Lady Lions to the NCAA tournament regional semifinal for the second time in three seasons.

Ariel Edwards added 16 points for Penn State. The Lady Lions are in the Sweet 16 for the 13th time.

Kayla Lewis led the 11th-seeeded Gators (20-13) with 20 points and nine rebounds. Jaterra Bonds scored 14.

North Carolina 62, Michigan State 53: CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Freshman Diamond DeShields had 24 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Michigan State.

Fellow rookie Allisha Gray added 10 points for the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-9), who led by nine at halftime then dominated the opening minutes of the second half to turn the game into a rout. North Carolina ran off 14 straight points to blow the game open, with DeShields scoring twice during that flurry to build a 57-31 lead with 11 1/2 minutes left that allowed the Tar Heels to coast to the Stanford Regional’s round of 16.

The Tar Heels pressured the fifth-seeded Spartans (23-10) and turned the game into the up-and-down pace they wanted. They finished with a 17-4 edge in fast-break points and 15 points off turnovers in a huge improvement from their first-round struggles against UT Martin.

LSU 76, West Virginia 67: BATON ROUGE, La. — Danielle Ballard had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and seventh-seeded LSU overcame a late seven-point deficit, as well as foul trouble, to upset No. 2 seed West Virgina 76-67 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Tuesday night.

Playing the last 12 minutes with four fouls, Shanece McKiney had 13 points, seven rebounds and five blocks, while DaShawn Harden added 12 points for LSU (21-12), which advanced to the Sweet 16 for a second straight season — both times with a second-round upset on its home court.

Next up for LSU is a rematch with Louisville. The two teams played in the preseason WNIT and the Cardinals came away with a 21-point win.

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