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Maryland women roll past Quinnipiac 72-52 in NCAAs

Maryland's Malina Howard, left, and Alicia DeVaughn, center, celebrate alongside Quinnipiac forward Camryn Warner after DeVaughn was fouled as she scored a basket during the first half of a first-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in College Park, Md., Saturday. Photo: The Associated Press
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Alyssa Thomas had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Maryland spoiled Quinnipiac's debut in the NCAA women's tournament by pulling away to a 72-52 victory Saturday.

The fourth-seeded Terrapins (25-7) trailed by nine in the first half, moved in front 27-23 at the break and dominated the second half against the smaller Bobcats, who couldn't stop Thomas' repeated forays into the lane.

Tianna Hawkins had 23 points and 16 rebounds for Maryland, which will next face the winner of the Marist-Michigan State game, held later Saturday.

Felicia Barron scored 13 for No. 13 seed Quinnipiac (30-3), the Northeast Conference champions. The Bobcats had won 22 straight since a 74-57 defeat against Georgia Tech on Dec. 29.

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