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Maryland women heading to the Sweet Sixteen with back-to-back routs

Maryland women heading to the Sweet Sixteen with back-to-back routs

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland was already enjoying a heck of a second quarter when Destiny Slocum scrambled in position to take a buzzer-beating shot.

Squaring up from just outside the opposite arc, Slocum stretched both arms behind her head and let the ball fly.

Swish!

Slocum's 70-foot shot capped a pivotal run, and the Terrapins blew past West Virginia 83-56 Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Brionna Jones had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Slocum scored 21 and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 19 for third-seeded Maryland (32-3), which will next face the winner of Monday's game between No. 2 seed Duke and Oregon.

The Terrapins will be hard-pressed to play better than they did in this one.

"On a scale of 1 to 100, today was 100," coach Brenda Frese said.

Teana Muldrow led West Virginia (24-11) with 16 points. Leading scorer Tynice Martin was limited to 10 points on 3 of 18 shooting.

The game turned in the second quarter, when Maryland outscored West Virginia 26-8 to take a 38-24 lead. After opening with a 23-4 surge, the Terrapins gave up two straight baskets -- the last with 4 seconds left -- before Slocum connected.

"Why not?" Slocum said. "Just throw it up and see what happens. Watching that thing was crazy. I was in shock . am still."

The 5-foot-7 freshman was immediately swarmed by her teammates while the fans in Maryland's home arena stood and cheered.

"That's her range," Walker-Kimbrough said. "I was surprised she made it, but a part of me wasn't."

The unlikely basket capped a 10-minute stretch in which Maryland made 12 of 17 shots.

"What they shoot in that quarter 70 percent?" West Virginia coach Mike Carey said. "Believe me, that shot didn't hurt us anymore than any of the other shots they (made)."

Actually, it did.

"It was a tough shot to see," Muldrow said. "But we can't really do anything about that except try not to let her get the ball at that time. She caught it, and it was one in a trillion."

Maryland carried the momentum into the third quarter, using a 12-1 spurt to build the margin to 23 points. Not long after that, the Big Ten champions celebrated a victory that thrust them into the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in six years.

Last season, Maryland lost its second round game at home to Washington. Intent upon avoiding a similar fate, the Terrapins left nothing to chance.

"This team definitely has a different feel than a season ago," Frese said. "You can feel their focus in terms of what we're doing."

West Virginia took a five-game winning streak into the contest, including an upset of Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament championship. On this day, however, the Mountaineers were no match for a Maryland squad that entered the NCAA Tournament with a surly attitude.

The Terrapins were displeased after the selection committee saddled it with a No. 3 seed because of a perceived weak non-conference schedule. To voice their displeasure, they opened with a 42-point win over Bucknell before easily dispatching West Virginia.

Maryland trailed 16-12 after a first quarter in which it missed 13 of 18 shots from the floor and were outrebounded 14-11.

The tone shifted dramatically at the outset of the second period. Walker-Kimbrough drilled a 3-pointer and added a fast-break layup, Jones bulled her way in the lane for two baskets and Slocum popped a jumper for a 23-16 lead.

West Virginia went scoreless for more than six minutes before Kristina King ended the drought with a jumper.

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Maryland football hoping for good news with Flowers DT Tommy Akingbesote's announcement

Maryland football hoping for good news with Flowers DT Tommy Akingbesote's announcement

Maryland's future defense is in the running for a huge boost on Wednesday.

Flowers High School defensive tackle Tommy Akingbesote posted on Twitter on Tuesday that he will be announcing his commitment at 6 P.M. on Wednesday. According to 247sports.com, the race is between the Terps and Virginia Tech - though a myriad of other schools are also listed as possibilities.

Terps coach Mike Locksley has already had two 4-star defensive linemen commit: Demeioun Robinson from Quince Orchard is ranked third in the state and 58th in the country overall. And another Flowers player, Marcus Bradley, who is ranked 9th in the state and No. 186 in the country is heading to College Park.

 Akingbesote is ranked 16th in the state according to 247Sports.com's rankings.

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What to watch: Re-live Maryland, Virginia's lacrosse championships

What to watch: Re-live Maryland, Virginia's lacrosse championships

DMV college lacrosse fans looking to re-live the glory days of UVA and Maryland's programmings are in luck on Monday. ESPNU and the ACC Network are airing a slew of title games including Maryland men's 2017 title and Maryland women's battle against North Carolina.

Here's the schedule for Monday, May 25 (in EST): 

NCAA MEN'S LACROSSE

12:00 PM    North Carolina vs. Maryland (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
2:00 PM    Maryland vs. Denver (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
2:00 PM    Notre Dame vs. Duke (Championship)  Channel: ACC Network
4:00 PM    Notre Dame vs. Duke (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
6:00 PM    #5 Yale vs. #3 Virginia (Championship) Channel: ACC Network
6:00 PM    Ohio State vs. Maryland (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
8:05 PM    Duke vs. Yale (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
10:00 PM    #5 Yale vs. #3 Virginia (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
10:00 PM    North Carolina vs. Maryland (Championship) Channel: ACC Network

NCAA WOMEN'S LACROSSE

8:00 PM    North Carolina vs. Maryland (Championship) Channel: ACC Network