Maryland, ND women to meet in regional final

By Joedy Mccreary

Associated Press

Published: Monday, March 26 2012 11:55 a.m. MDT

Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins, left, and Brittany Mallory react during the second half of an NCAA college women's tournament regional semifinal basketball game against St. Bonaventure in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, March 25, 2012. Notre Dame won 79-35.

Gerry Broome, Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. — Lynetta Kizer and her Maryland seniors have followed this path before. They hope it ends in a different place.

For the second time in four years, the Terrapins won an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship, claimed a high seed in the NCAA tournament and rolled to the Raleigh Regional finals.

No. 2 seed Maryland (31-4) meets top-seeded Notre Dame (33-3) on Tuesday night.

It's a familiar scenario for a Terrapins team that won its last ACC tournament in 2009, when Kizer was a freshman. They advanced to the regional final but were knocked off by Louisville in the last time Raleigh hosted a regional.

Kiser said Monday that she didn't fully understand what was at stake then — but she's making sure her young teammates do now.

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