ND women claim Final Four spot, beat Terps 80-49

By Joedy Mccreary

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, March 27 2012 9:22 p.m. MDT

Notre Dame's Brittany Mallory reacts following a basket during the first half of an NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional final against Maryland in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

Gerry Broome, Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. — Skylar Diggins had a triple-double and Notre Dame claimed its second straight berth in the national semifinals by beating Maryland 80-49 on Tuesday night in the Raleigh Regional final.

Diggins did it all for the top-seeded Fighting Irish (34-3). The Big East player of the year and AP All-America selection finished with 22 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds — and five steals.

Natalie Achonwa added 18 points while Kayla McBride had 16 and Natalie Novosel finished with 14. Next up for the Irish: Big East rival Connecticut on Sunday in Denver.

Alyssa Thomas scored 17 points and Tianna Hawkins and Alicia DeVaughn each had 10. Second-seeded Maryland (31-5) was denied its first Final Four since the Terrapins won the 2006 national title.

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