THE FINAL FOUR: Stanford returns to the title round
Chiney Ogwumike is carrying her team to Music City and one last Final Four she planned for all along, going for 20 points and 10 rebounds as second-seeded Stanford beat North Carolina 74-65 on Tuesday night in the Stanford Region final on the Cardinal’s home floor.
Mikaela Ruef scored a career-high 17 points, Amber Orrange added 14 and Bonnie Samuelson knocked down three 3-pointers for 13 points off the bench for Stanford (33-3), which had its streak of five straight Final Fours snapped a year ago.
Since the disappointment of that early exit against Georgia in the Spokane Regional semifinals, Ogwumike, Ruef and their fellow seniors have made it their mission to get back to women’s basketball’s biggest stage.
MARYLAND 76, LOUISVILLE 73: All-American Alyssa Thomas scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Maryland beat Louisville in the Louisville Region final to advance to the Terrapins’ first Final Four since winning the 2006 national championship.
The Terrapins (28-6) reached their fourth Final Four all-time.
Shoni Schimmel scored 31 points for Louisville (33-5) missed a chance for a second straight Final Four with the Cardinals’ season ending shy of the national championship game they lost a year ago.
Lexie Brown added 19 points for Maryland.
The fourth-seeded Terrapins will play undefeated Notre Dame on Sunday in the national semifinals.