SPOKANE, Wash. -- In a battle between former ACC foes, it was top-seeded Maryland who led virtually from start to finish and held No. 4 seed Duke at bay for most of the game en route to a 65-55 victory.
Maryland, on a 27-game winning streak, hasn't lost since Dec. 3 and played like a confident team against the Blue Devils, who had beaten Maryland in four of the past five matchups between the two teams coming into the game.
But Duke led for just 35 seconds Saturday against the No. 1 seed.
Turning point: Duke pulled to within 42-41 with 12:53 to go on an Elizabeth Williams offensive rebound and score inside. But from there, led by All-Big Ten selection Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland went on an 18-7 surge that pushed the lead to double digits with 5:15 remaining. Walker-Kimbrough had nine points in that important stretch.
Key stat: 3-point shooting. The Terrapins' 8-for-19 effort from beyond the arc was literally the point of separation in a game in which both teams made nearly the same number of field goals and free throws. Duke was 3-of-9 from behind the 3-point line.
Key player: Walker-Kimbrough. The sophomore guard scored 18 of her 24 points in the second half to set the offensive pace for the Terrapins. Walker-Kimbrough hit 10 of 15 shots from the floor and was 2-for-2 from the 3-point line in 36 minutes. Her 24-point effort was one point shy of her career high.
Walker-Kimbrough's effort made up for a tough day by leading scorer Lexie Brown, who went 0-for-7 from the floor and finished with one point in 24 minutes.
How it was won: Keeping Duke from scoring on the perimeter. The Blue Devils' frontcourt duo of Williams and Azura Stevens combined for 29 points and 12 rebounds, but Maryland's defense didn't allow the guards to get untracked. Rebecca Greenwell came in averaging 14.3 points a game. She finished with five.
What's next: Maryland will play in the regional final for the sixth time since Brenda Frese arrived. It will be the Terrapins' fifth trip in the past seven seasons as they take on No. 2 Tennessee.