NCAA Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, March 25
March 25, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - Behind two comebacks and a 21-4 run to end the game, Maryland rallied past Texas A&M 81-74 on Sunday in the semifinals of the Raleigh Regional of the NCAA tournament. The Terps advanced to their fourth Elite Eight under head coach Brenda Frese.
Laurin Mincy had 21 points and for her career-high 12 rebounds for her first career double-double. Alyssa Thomas added 21 points and nine rebounds for the second-seeded Terrapins (31-4). They trailed by 18 points in the first half and by 11 midway through the second half, but Maryland fought its way back and held the defending national champion Aggies (24-11) to just one basket in the final 7 1/2 minutes.
Maryland will play top-seeded Notre Dame Tuesday at 9 p.m. in Raleigh on ESPN and ESPN3.com.
The Terrapins have won 10 straight and 13 of 14 since Jan. 26. They're back in a regional final for the first time since 2009 when they were in Raleigh as a No. 1 seed.
Freshman Alexia Standish scored 19 points to lead third-seeded Texas A&M, which spent much of the game shooting 50 percent before cooling off as Maryland rallied.
Maryland came in with a huge edge on the boards and finished with a 42-30 rebounding advantage, which led to an 18-5 edge in second-chance points.