GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three-time ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas scored 24 points to become Maryland women’s basketball’s all-time leading scorer, but third-seeded Maryland’s late push fell just short to sixth-seeded North Carolina, 73-70, in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals Friday.
Thomas broke Crystal Langhorne’s program scoring record of 2,247 career points with her 24 Sunday. Thomas currently has 2,258 career points, which are just 12 shy of passing Juan Dixon’s school record. The senior added 10 rebounds for her 24th double-double of the year.
The Terrapins trailed 37-26 at halftime, then came out of the break threatening. Jones sunk a free throw and Alicia DeVaughn finished an and-one to start a 12-3 run that helped cut it to a three-point game at 39-36 with 16:12 to play.
Maryland struggled from outside the arc throughout the game going 1-for-12, then Katie Rutan sunk a three to cut it back to single digits 7:43 left.
With just under three minutes to go, Brown sunk a short jumper, then took it to the hole for a layup to make it 72-68. Thomas hit a foul line jumper with 1:53 to go to make it a one-point game, then the Terrapins were unable to capitalize on their defensive stops down the stretch.
North Carolina (23-8, 10-6) was led by freshmen Diamond DeShields with 22 points and Allisha Gray with 17 and 10 rebounds.
The Terrapins owned the glass, 43-36 and outscored North Carolina in the paint, 40-28.
Next, Maryland, who has won eight of its last 10 games, will await its NCAA Tournament berth with the Selection Show Monday, March 17.