Terps send Lady Vols home early

Louisville, KY ( - Alyssa Thomas poured in 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the fourth-seeded Maryland Terrapins knocked off the top-seeded Tennessee Lady Volunteers 73-62 in the Sweet 16 at the KFC Yum! Center.

Lexie Brown added 14 points for the Terrapins (27-6), who will face third-seed Louisville in the Elite Eight. Laurin Mincy chipped in 11 points and Tierney Pfirman tacked on 11.

Meighan Simmons tallied 31 points for the Lady Vols (29-6). Jasmine Jones had 11 points as the only other player in double figures, while Bashaara Graves collected 14 rebounds and Isabelle Harrison hauled in 10.

Although Maryland hit on only 37.5 percent from the floor (15-of-40) in the first half, it had 12 more field goal attempts than Tennessee, which connected on just 32.1 percent from the floor (9-of-28). The Terrapins used that advantage to claim a 41-27 lead at the break.

Maryland led by as many as 18 points in the second half and held on for the victory by limiting the Lady Vols to 40 percent shooting.

The Terrapins forced 22 turnovers and had a 19-9 scoring edge off of those takeaways.