COLLEGE PARK — The Maryland Terrapins are headed to the Sweet 16 after topping the West Virginia mountaineers 83-56 in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament on Sunday.
Brionna Jones led Maryland with 22 points, 11 rebounds and two assists.
Destiny Slocum nailed a 70-foot shot to cap a pivotal second quarter for Maryland.
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.
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 run, the Terrapins gave up two straight baskets — the last with 4 seconds left — before Slocum reared back with both hands behind her head and launched a shot from just outside the opposite arc that hit nothing but net.
The 5-foot-7 freshman was immediately swarmed by her teammates while the fans in Maryland’s home arena stood and cheered.
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