March 30, 2013
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - The fourth-seeded Maryland women's basketball team hung with top-seeded Connecticut early, but a spurt to start the second half put the Huskies in front to advance to the Elite Eight, 76-50.
The Terrapins and the Huskies traded leads early and the difference remained in single digits throughout the first half. UConn led 35-26 at halftime, then opened the second half on a 9-0 run.
Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 17 points.
The Terrapins held the Huskies to just 30 percent shooting from outside the arc (6-for-20) and the nation's top three-point shooter, Mosqueda-Lewis, to one three in seven tries.
Hawkins ended her career No. 11 on Maryland's all-time scoring list with 1,595 points and No. 3 in rebounds with 1,086. She is the third Terrapin in history to break 1,000 rebounds, behind only Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman.
Thomas finished the season with 640 points, 349 rebounds and 181 assists. She is the only Terrapin to hit 600 points, 300 rebounds and 150 assists in a season. Coleman notched 653 points, 309 rebounds and 120 assists in the 2008-09 season.
The Terrapins went 26-8 on the year, finished second in the ACC and advanced to their fifth Sweet Sixteen in head coach Brenda Frese's 11 years.
Frese has lead the Terrapins to nine NCAA Tournament appearances four Elite Eights, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. She's 21-8 (.724) with Maryland in the Tournament.
Frese was named WBCA Regional Coach of the Year earlier this week and Thomas was named a finalist for the prestigious State Farm Wade Trophy. Frese is one of eight Regional Coaches of the Year and is a finalist for WBCA National Coach of the Year.
Thomas, who was named ACC Player of the Year earlier this month, averaged 18.8 points per game, 10.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists on the season. She is the only player in the country to rank in the top 50 of all three stats. She led the ACC in all three and recorded two triple-doubles this year.