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2014 Women's NCAA Tournament Coverage

Final Four
Notre Dame's quest for perfection in 2014 fell one game shy of their ultimate goal, but not before knocking off ACC foe Maryland (28-7) in the National Semifinals, 87-61. Sadly for the Irish (37-1), their matchup with Connecticut was equally one-sided, as the Huskies rolled to a 79-58 win in the National Championship game. It was the ninth title for UConn, who enjoyed their fifth perfect season in program history.

Elite Eight
Two ACC teams advanced to the 2014 NCAA Women's Final Four in Nashville as top seed Notre Dame prevailed over Baylor, 88-69, and Maryland survived a furious Louisville rally to win 76-73.

North Carolina took an early lead but fell at Stanford, 74-65. Our correspondent Megan Bishop Moore filed this report.

Later in the week we'll have a preview of Sunday's Maryland vs. Notre Dame national semifinal, including a look at how the season-ending injury to Natalie Achonwa will affect this matchup.

Sweet Sixteen
The ACC claimed three spots in the Elite Eight as all remaining league representatives were victorious over the weekend. Our Digest spotlight game was #4 UNC's 65-58 upset of #1 South Carolina in the Stanford Regional. Freshman Diamond DeShields overcame two first half injuries to score a team-high 19 points as the Tar Heels moved on to face #2 Stanford in Tuesday's late game.

Also on Sunday, #4 seed Maryland sent #1 seed Tennessee packing with a 73-62 win. Terp senior Alyssa Thomas would not be denied, dominating with 33 points and 13 boards. Maryland will next face the tough task of #3 seed Louisville on the Cardinals' home floor, a rematch of the 2009 Raleigh Regional that pits former Maryland assistant Jeff Walz against Brenda Frese. Louisville won the 2009 matchup 77-60.

Finally, on Saturday #1 seed Notre Dame had little trouble with #5 seed Oklahoma State, rolling to an 89-72 win on their home floor and a Monday 7:30 PM matchup with #2 seed Baylor. Senior Natalie Achonwa starred with the stellar stat line of 24 points, seven rebounds, six assists, five blocks, and two steals.

Second Round

#7 DePaul 74, #2 Duke 65

#4 UNC 62, #5 Michigan State 53

Other ACC Scores: #1 Notre Dame 84, #9 Arizona State 67 | #4 Maryland 69, #5 Texas 67
#3 Kentucky 64, #6 Syracuse 59 | #2 Stanford 63, #10 FSU 44

First Round

#2 Duke 87, #15 Winthrop 45

#4 UNC 60, #13 UT-Martin 58

Other ACC Scores: #1 Notre Dame 93, #16 Robert Morris 42 | #4 Maryland 90, #13 Army 52
#12 BYU 72, #5 NC State 57 | #6 Syracuse 59, #11 Chattanooga 53
#10 FSU 55, #7 Iowa State 44 | #7 LSU 98, #10 Georgia Tech 78

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