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Lady Mountaineers fall short in second round of NCAA Tournament

All seemed right for the Mountaineers in the first quarter on Sunday.  The Mountaineers came out looking ready to play toe to toe with the Terrapins. The  Lady Mountaineers hit the court outscoring the Terrapins 15-12 early. The Mountaineers remained in the game until the start of the second quarter where Maryland opened with a 23-4 run. WVU could get nothing to bounce their way. The Terps ending up outscoring West Virginia  26-8 to take  a 38-24 lead.

After Maryland opened with a 23-4 run, the Lady Mountaineers scored two back to back baskets bringing the score back within 11 at 35-24. But with 4 seconds left in the half, Maryland’s Destiny Slocum reared back with the ball behind her head and launched an approximately 70 foot shot from just outside the opposite arc that hit nothing but net, making the halftime score 38-24.

9 of the Lady Mountaineers turnovers in the first half led to 12 of the Terrapins points. West Virginia had trouble getting anything to fall. The Lady Mountaineers shot percentage was 31% compared to Maryland’s 49%.

Maryland began the second half like the second quarter, coming out with a 10-3 start. The Lady Mountaineers had no answer for Maryland’s Destiny Slocum, Brianna Jones or Shatiri Walker-Kimbrough. Jones had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Slocum scored 21 and Walker-Kimbrough added 19.

Teana Muldrow led West Virginia with 16 points. Leading scorer Tynice Martin was held to 10 points on 3 of 8 shooting. The Lady Mountaineers  finished with a 33% shooting percentage compared to Maryland’s 50 percent. It was an uphill battle for the last 3 quarters for the Mountaineers. They came within14 points at the 3:10 mark of the 4th quarter but could not stop the Terrapins.

Maryland outscored the Mountaineers on the Terrapin’s home court 83-56 sending the Mountaineers home after an exciting up and down season which included a Big 12 Tournament Championship and a Second round NCAA Tournament appearance.

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