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Maryland Races Past Notre Dame to the Round of 8


GREENVILLE, SC — When Notre Dame and Maryland played against each other in December, the game quickly became the Diamond Miller show. Miller, a 6-foot-3 guard, scored his 31st on a the winner of the game, the one-legged jumper. She ran around Notre Dame’s courtyard with her index finger on her lips to silence the crowd.

On Saturday, during the round of 16 of the NCAA women’s tournament, Notre Dame seemed keen to stop Miller’s performance. The Irishman fought in doubles – and sometimes triples – Miller as she sent the ball into the post.

But Notre Dame’s strategy of stopping Miller at all costs gave way to other players, who took advantage of the open look and kept the game over while Miller struggled. In the second half, Miller finally got into trouble and second seed Maryland defeated third seed Notre Dame 76-59. Maryland will advance to its first round of 8 game since 2015. Miller and guard Shyanne Sellers lead all scorers with 18 points each.

“I felt like they challenged me to shoot,” said Maryland guard Lavender Briggs, who scored 12 points.

Notre Dame throws the game’s first figurative punch. Down by 5, the Fighting Irish scored 13 consecutive points in the second half, neutralizing Miller and leading Maryland’s mid-half foul into forced shots and errant passes that led to diversions.

But in the second half, Miller let loose. And Maryland responded with a big third quarter, helped by Miller and Sellers. Maryland goes fourth week.

Despite an eight-year drought, the eighth round is familiar to Maryland and coach Brenda Frese. Since she started in 2002, Maryland has been one of the best college basketball teams. The Terrapins made it to the 8th round six times and won the show’s only national title in 2006.

Maryland will play against the South Carolina and UCLA winners on Monday.

women’s tournament

  • 1 South Carolina vs No. 4 UCLA, ongoing, ESPN

  • UConn No. 2 vs No. 3 Ohio State, 4 p.m., ABC

  • No. 1 Virginia Tech vs No. 4 Tennessee, 6:30 p.m., ESPN2

men’s tournament

  • 3 Kansas State vs. 9 Florida Atlantic, 6 p.m., TBS

  • 3 Gonzaga vs No. 4 UConn, 8:50 p.m., TBS

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