Texas slows Maryland, gets to Elite Eight with 64-61 win

Charli Collier scored 16 issues and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 6 Texas close down No. 2 Maryland’s high-powered offense for a 64-61 win Sunday evening that despatched the Longhorns to the Elite 8 because the lowest seed nonetheless alive within the girls’s NCAA Event.

The Terrapins had the highest-scoring offense within the nation all over the common season and averaged 99 issues within the first two rounds sooner than working right into a Texas defensive wall that slowed the tempo to a grinding halt.

Texas tied it at 59-59 on Celeste Taylor’s jumper within the ultimate minute, then took the lead when Kyra Lambert scooped up a free ball close to midcourt and coasted in for a layup with 45 seconds left.

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After Maryland’s Diamond Miller ignored a twisting layup, Lauren Ebo snagged the rebound and briefly fired the ball to Lambert who was once fouled. She made considered one of two loose throws sooner than Maryland’s Katie Benzan ignored a Three-pointer. Celeste Taylor then made considered one of two loose throws for a four-point lead.

Texas (21-Nine) advances to Tuesday’s Hemisfair Area ultimate towards No. 1 South Carolina, which beat fifth-seeded Georgia Tech previous Sunday.

A win there would ship Texas to the Ultimate 4 for the primary time since 2003. And they’d get there with first-year trainer Vic Schaefer, who left a powerhouse program at Mississippi State to construct any other with the Longhorns. Chants of “Texas Battle” roared from the Texas enthusiasts on the Alamodome after the overall buzzer. The staff, led by way of Schaefer, ran as much as a riser in entrance of the enthusiasts and had a socially far-off birthday celebration with them.

“Trainer mentioned at first, he mentioned no person’s going to consider in us, however us, and we got here out right here, we began out in reality sluggish, a Nine-Zero run, however we believed in every different,” Collier mentioned. “We pulled ourselves in combination nearer within the huddle and we mentioned we’re going to get this completed, we’re going to make historical past and we are going to pass to the Elite 8.”

Texas has made its deep run within the event at the power of guard play in reinforce Collier, who has already introduced she’s going to flip professional because the projected No. 1 select within the NBA draft.

Taylor completed with 15 issues, Joanne Allen-Taylor scored 14 and Lambert scored 10, taking her remaining loose throws with gauze in her nose after taking an previous blow to the face.

Miller scored 21 issues to steer Maryland (26-Three).

STAT LINE

Maryland was once simply five of 22 on Three-pointers. Benzan, who led the country at 51 %, made simply two, none in the second one part.

HARD HITS

Texas guard Audrey Warren left the sport with four:50 left to play after hitting her head at the flooring when she tangled with two Maryland avid gamers for a rebound. She stayed at the flooring for a couple of mins sooner than she taken the locker room for analysis for a concussion. Warren completed with 8 issues and 4 rebounds.

Warren returned to the courtroom for the postgame birthday celebration together with her teammates.

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