Diamond Miller leads Maryland women to Elite Eight
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Diamond Miller scored 14 of her 18 points in the final two quarters to lead second-seeded Maryland to a 76-59 victory over depleted Notre Dame and reach the Elite Eight for the first time in eight years.
Maryland (28-6) used a third-quarter burst to put away the third-seeded Fighting Irish (27-6), who played once again without injured leading-scorer Olivia Miles after her knee injury at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament earlier this month.
Miles and guard Dara Mabrey, both starters, were injured spectators for Notre Dame, which hung tight with Maryland for 25 minutes before Miller and Shyanne Sellers, who also had 18 points, took over.
GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA - MARCH 25: Natalija Marshall #15 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish goes for a rebound against Diamond Miller #1 of the Maryland Terrapins and Abby Meyers #10 of the Maryland Terrapins during the second half in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 25, 2023 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Miller, the first-team All-American, shook off a poor first half as Maryland gained control. Tied at 44-all, Lavender Briggs had a 3-pointer and Miller followed with a three-point play as the Terps closed the third quarter on a 13-1 run.
Notre Dame, which fought off Mississippi State on its home floor to advance last week, could not respond.
Maryland used its defensive pressure to break out early, forcing eight turnovers by the Fighting Irish to build a 19-14 lead. But Notre Dame showed its NCAA Tournament resiliency once more with a 13-0 burst to move in front 27-19.
Miller and Brinae Alexander each hit 3-pointers in the final 80 seconds of the half to cut the lead to 32-31.
Part of Notre Dame's success was holding Miller in check the first 20 minutes. She was just 1-of-4 shooting with two rebounds and three of her team's eight turnovers. When Miller got going, Maryland was moving on to where it hadn't been since 2015.
Next up, the Terps will play defending champion and top overall seed South Carolina on Monday night for a chance to head to the Final Four in Dallas.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.