Maryland women try to punch Final Four ticket Tuesday against Louisville

April 01, 2014 | WNST Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The fourth-seeded Maryland women’s basketball team (27-6) will take on third-seeded Louisville (33-4) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the NCAA Elite Eight on the Cardinals’ home court of the KFC Yum! Center.

The Maryland-Louisville matchup will be shown on ESPN, as well as ESPN3.com.

For the full NCAA Tournament bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1. The winner of Tuesday’s matchup will advance to the Final Four in Nashville, Tenn. and will play either Notre Dame or Baylor in the NCAA Semifinals Sunday.

Maryland is coming off of a 73-62 win over top-seeded Tennessee Sunday in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Alyssa Thomas led the way with a career-high 33 points and 13 rebounds, while Lexie Brown, Laurin Mincy and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough all hit double figures as well. Alicia DeVaughn added 10 rebounds.

This is the third meeting all-time between the Terps and the Cardinals, with the series tied at one. Maryland won the last matchup, 72-68, in the NCAA Second Round in College Park on March 19, 2012. Mincy led the Terrapins with 24 points.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, five Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 24-8 (.750).

The Terrapins are a top four seed for the 13th time in school history No. 4 seed for the third time. They are 6-2 all-time as the fourth-seed.

Thomas became Maryland’s all-leading scorer in the men’s or women’s history in the NCAA First Round with her 13 points. She passed Juan Dixon (2,269) and currently has 2,320 career points.

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