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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Three-time All-American Alyssa Thomas became Maryland’s all-leading scorer in men’s and women’s history Sunday in a 90-52 win over Army in the NCAA Tournament First Round at Comcast Center.
Thomas added 13 points to hit 2,271 in her career, passing Terrapin great Juan Dixon’s record of 2,269. Thomas added 14 rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal in fourth-seeded Maryland’s dominating win.
Freshman Lexie Brown went 9-for-11 from the floor with three three-pointers for a team-high 21 points, Katie Rutan had 11, all in the second half, and Tierney Pfirman scored 10 with eight rebounds.
The Terrapins trailed 18-15 before blowing past the 13th-seeded Black Knights (25-8), champions of the Patriot League. Following head coach Brenda Frese's timeout, Maryland (25-6) changed its defense and came out with the confidence befitting a talented, deep squad playing on its home floor.
Maryland led 44-20 at halftime and cruised from there. It was 60-30 with 14:29 left, the Terrapins upped the margin to 41 points with 5:36 remaining before Frese went deep to her bench.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Xylina McDaniel had a perfectly good explanation for a taking a shot while seated on the floor under the basket.
McDaniel made that shot down the stretch and then added a put back off an offensive rebound with 56 seconds left to put North Carolina ahead for good, helping the fourth-seeded Tar Heels overcome an 18-point second half deficit and defeat UT Martin 60-58 on Sunday.
She finished with 14 points, helping UNC advance to a second-round matchup with No. 5 Michigan State on Tuesday.
The Skyhawks led 50-32 with 10:51 left in the game when Diamond DeShields ignited a 15-0 run after making two free throws after taking an elbow to the throat, which drew a flagrant foul. DeShields, the conference's freshman player of the year, had 13 of her 15 points during the second half.
DeShields said the flagrant foul "ignited a match" under the sleeping Tar Heels.
Karisma Tyson had a chance to win the game for UT Martin but her 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU led wire-to-wire in a 98-78 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament.
Sydney Wallace and Tyaunna Marshall each scored 20 for 10th-seeded Georgia Tech (20-12), but 6-foot-5 Nariah Taylor, who had 11 points, was limited by foul trouble, and LSU outrebounded Tech 57-30.
Kaela Davis had 16 points for Georgia Tech.
LSU broke the game open in the second half with a 17-5 run that opened with Harden's 3. Plaisance had eight points during the surge, including an alley-oop layup on a no-look, one-handed lob from Kenney.