Maryland center Malina Howard had just completed her college career in a most unexpected fashion, a shocking loss to visiting Washington. The emotion of the moment was too much to bear.
“It just hurts a lot,” she said, as she fought back tears. “It’s not how we wanted it to end.”
Kelsey Plum scored 32 points as the seventh-seeded Huskies beat No. 2 Maryland, 74-65, Monday night in College Park, Md., to reach the round of 16 of the N.C.A.A. tournament for the first time in 15 years.
Maryland (31-4), the two-time Big Ten champions, came in with a rich history of success in the postseason and a 10-game winning streak. The Terrapins were also playing on their home floor.
None of that mattered to the Huskies (24-10), who limited the Terrapins to 37 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers.
“I don’t think we ever got into the flow of the game — ever,” Howard said.
The lackluster performance came against a Washington team that finished fifth in the Pacific-12 and barely got by Penn in the opening round for its first N.C.A.A. tournament victory since 2006.
“Everything that we’ve done prepared us for this,” Washington Coach Mike Neighbors said. “We’ve been playing really good basketball the last month.”
The Huskies will next play third-seeded Kentucky on Friday in Lexington, Ky.
“I thought we maybe played not to lose, instead of playing to win,” Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. “Tough lesson to have to learn.”
UCONN 97, DUQUESNE 51 Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson each scored 20 points in their final game together at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., to lead Connecticut to a victory over Duquesne in a second-round game.
Stewart also grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked five shots. Tuck added nine rebounds, and she and Jefferson each had seven assists as the Huskies (34-0) moved into the regional semifinals for the 23rd consecutive year.
Deva’Nyar Workman scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half and April Robinson added 16 points for Duquesne (28-6), which was playing in its first N.C.A.A. tournament.
NOTRE DAME 87, INDIANA 70 Lindsay Allen scored a season-high 22 points, Brianna Turner added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and top-seeded Notre Dame finally broke away from Indiana with a 15-2 run that started late in the third quarter to beat the Hoosiers in a second-round game in South Bend, Ind.
The ninth-seeded Hoosiers (21-12) used a 12-1 run, led by three baskets by Alexis Gassion and two by Amanda Cahill, to cut the score to 56-54 on a basket by Lindsay Leikem with 2 minutes 47 seconds left in the third quarter. But the Irish (33-1) quickly regained control with a layup by Arike Ogunbowale and a basket by Allen when she stole the inbounds pass by Leikem.
STANFORD 66, S. DAKOTA ST. 65 Lili Thompson made a go-ahead 3-point play with 8.2 seconds left, and Erica McCall delivered a big block moments later, lifting No. 4-seeded Stanford into its ninth straight round of 16 with a comeback win against 12th-seeded South Dakota State (27-7) in Stanford, Calif.
The Cardinal (26-7) will face Notre Dame on Friday in the Lexington Regional.
FLORIDA STATE 74, TEXAS A&M 56 Adut Bulgak scored 18 points, Leticia Romero added 17 and Florida State built a big lead early and held on for a win over Texas A&M (22-10) in a second-round game in College, Station, Tex.
The victory put the Seminoles (25-7) in the round of 16 for the second straight season and fourth time over all; they will meet Baylor on Saturday in the Dallas Regional.
KENTUCKY 79, OKLAHOMA 58 Janee Thompson scored 16 points, including 9 straight over the third and fourth quarters, to help No. 3-seeded Kentucky beat sixth-seeded Oklahoma in a second-round game in Lexington, Ky. The Wildcats (25-7) earned their fifth round-of-16 berth in seven seasons and will play a few blocks away from campus at Rupp Arena, home of the men’s team.
Gioya Carter’s 12 points led Oklahoma (22-11).
U.C.L.A. 72, SOUTH FLORIDA 67 Jordin Canada scored 19 points, making six free throws in the final 25 seconds, and third-seeded U.C.L.A. held on to beat No. 6 seed South Florida in a second-round game in Los Angeles.
Nirra Fields added 14 points and Kari Korver 12 as the Bruins (26-8) advanced to the round of 16, where they will meet Texas.
TEXAS 73, MISSOURI 55 Ariel Atkins scored 22 points, and No. 2-seeded Texas (30-4) earned its second consecutive trip to the round of 16 with a win over No. 10-seeded Missouri (22-10) in Austin, Tex., with a display of speed and athleticism that overmatched the bigger Tigers.
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