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March 28, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - Alyssa Thomas scored 17 points and Tianna Hawkins and Alicia DeVaughn added 10 apiece for Maryland, but the Terrapins fell to top-seeded Notre Dame 80-49 Tuesday night in the Regional Final of the Raleigh Region.
After rallying from 18 points to beat reigning national champion Texas A&M two days earlier in the regional semifinal, the Terps (31-5) finally slipped into a deficit they couldn't escape. The loss ended the careers of seniors Anjale Barrett, Lynetta Kizer and Kim Rodgers.
"Obviously tonight was Notre Dame's night, I thought they were spectacular," head coach Brenda Frese said. "They really did a tremendous job on all ends of the floor. A difficult night obviously for us getting into any kind of rhythm, I thought we looked really tired and I think a lot of that was having to come back in the Texas A&M game from being down 18. I felt like our energy and effort was spent in the game before."
"I told the team in the locker that I appreciate the journey and the ride that we got to spend this season. I couldn't have asked for a better team in terms of how committed everyone was this season, our seniors leave with two elite eight finishes and two ACC Championships."
After the game was tied four minutes in, the Irish (34-3) broke things open midway through the first half, holding the Terps without a field goal for roughly 5 1/2 minutes during a 26-7 run that pushed their lead into double figures. They led 40-21 at the break.