COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The sixth-seeded West Virginia University women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a second quarter run by No. 3-seed Maryland, as the Mountaineers fell, 83-56, to the Terrapins in the NCAA Championship Second Round on Sunday at the XFINITY Center.
West Virginia (24-11) jumped out to 16-10 lead in the first quarter, but Brionna Jones’ layup at the end of the first sparked an eventual 17-2 scoring spurt that would help UMD extend the advantage to double-figures. Lanay Montgomery’s bucket at the 3:15 trimmed the game to 27-20. However, Maryland (32-2) closed the half on a 9-4 run, which included a last-second 70-foot three-pointer made by Destiny Slocum. The Terps outscored WVU, 25-18, in the third quarter and held on in the second half to advance to the NCAA Championship regional in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Teana Muldrow led the Mountaineers with 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots. Chania Ray made 4-of-7 from the field and scored 14 points and dished out a team-leading five assists. Tynice Martin finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. Montgomery capped her tremendous career with nine rebounds, four points and three blocks.
“Give Maryland a lot of credit. They came out and played hard,” coach Mike Carey said. “We did a good job in the first quarter and then we kind of wore down. It’s been the same thing all year; we don’t have a deep bench. We wore down and they kept bringing players in, and that’s what happened.”
West Virginia shot just 31.7 percent (20-of-63) from the field and 30 percent (3-of-10) from the three-point range. WVU connected on…
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