Maryland Knocks Off Tennessee to Reach Final Four

by: Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor
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Sophomore guard Lexi Brown scored a game-high 15 points and sophomore center Brionna Jones added 14 points with nine rebounds to help lead the No. 1 seed Maryland Terrapins to a 58-48 win over the No. 2 seed Tennessee Volunteers in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament on March 30 in Spokane, Wash.

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Maryland players celebrate after a women’s college basketball regional final game against Tennessee in the NCAA tournament, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. Maryland won 58-48. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Maryland (34-2) advanced to the Final Four in search of its second national championship in program history

The Lady Terps were challenged from start to finish by Tennessee (30-6). The Volunteers played stifling defense in the first half and forced Maryland into its lowest-scoring first half of the season. But hot shooting from beyond the arc by Brown helped Maryland get going offensively.

Sophomore guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough helped jump-start the offense with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Tennessee, on the other hand, struggled in shooting from the perimeter, making just 4-of-22 three-point attempts. Ariel Massengale scored a game-high 16 points for the Lady Vols.

In its second straight Final Four appearance, Maryland will face fellow No. 1 seed Connecticut (36-1) on April 5.

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