RALEIGH, N.C. — Maryland’s players didn’t panic when they fell behind by 18 in the first half and trailed by 11 midway through the second. These Terrapins have proven they can come back from any deficit, and it’s a big reason why they’re within a game of the Final Four.
Laurin Mincy had 21 points and a career-best 12 rebounds to help Maryland rally past defending national champion Texas A&M 81-74 on Sunday in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament’s Raleigh Regional.
Alyssa Thomas added 21 points and nine rebounds for the second-seeded Terps (31-4), who fought their way back and held the Aggies (24-11) to just one basket over the final 7 1/2 minutes.
The Terrapins rallied from 20 down early in the second half to beat Georgia Tech in January, then overcame a 10-point deficit in the first half to beat the Yellow Jackets on the road a month later.
They also came back from 12 down in the first half to top Duke in February and trailed Louisville by nine in the first half of their last NCAA game.
The Terrapins will face top-seeded Notre Dame with a chance to reach the Final Four for the first time since winning the national championship in 2006.
NOTRE DAME 79, ST. BONAVENTURE 35
In Raleigh, N.C., Natalie Novosel scored 16 points and Notre Dame (33-3) advanced to the Raleigh Regional final by routing St. Bonaventure (31-4).
Kalia Turner had 14 points and Kayla McBride added 10 for the top-seeded Irish.
They shot 52.5 percent, never trailed and led by 45.
CONNECTICUT 77, PENN STATE 59
In Kingston, R.I., Bria Hartley scored 20 points to lead a balanced Connecticut (32-4) offense and help the top-seeded Huskies beat fourth-seeded Penn State (26-7) in the Kingston Regional semifinals.
The Huskies’ stellar defense stymied a high-powered Nittany Lions offense that averaged 87.5 points in the first two games of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
Leading 36-27 late in the first half, UConn used a 17-2 run spanning halftime to blow the game open.
Mia Nickson scored 19 points and Maggie Lucas added 15 to lead Penn State (26-7).
KENTUCKY 79, GONZAGA 62
In Kingston, R.I., Keyla Snowden made five 3-pointers for Kentucky (28-6), hitting a pair of them to turn back one last charge by Gonzaga (28-6).
Snowden had 17 points, going 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and Samarie Walker scored 16 with 12 rebounds for the Wildcats. It’s the second trip to the regional finals for Kentucky in the past three years.
Kayla Standish scored 25 points for Gonzaga.