Houston, Texas – Houston, TX – In the final of the Houston Women’s Basketball Tournament, Houston (10-1) held on to earn a second straight NCAA tournament berth with a 79-75 victory over North Texas (11-4).
Maryland beat Oklahoma State 74-70 on Sunday.
This was the first time the Cougars had won a tournament game in the history of the NCAA tournament.
The win puts Maryland on a perfect 7-0 all-time against North Texas.
The Cougars also snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Horned Frogs.
Maryland started the tournament on a hot streak, scoring 22 points in the first quarter en route to a 12-point lead.
Maryland led 17-0 at the half and went on to shoot 56.6 percent in the half.
After Maryland opened the second quarter with a layup, the Frogs took a 14-6 lead on a dunk by senior forward Shannan Williams.
Maryman scored the final 15 points of the half, including four 3-pointers, to give the Cougs the lead.
The Terrapins had a 19-2 advantage in the paint with 7:21 remaining in the game.
The Frogs had the ball with two seconds left on the shot clock.
After the Terps missed a free throw, Maryman hit a free throws to cut the lead to 14.
The Terps tied the game at 14 with 2:07 left on a layin by sophomore forward Kelsey Martin.
In the waning moments of the game, Maryland led by as many as 14 points before Maryman put the game away with a 3-pointer.
Marylanders guard Kayla Thompson made a 3 to give Maryland a 56-54 lead with 3:03 left.
Thompson’s 3 with 1:45 left put the Couges up 57-55.
After the Terrapes missed a three-pointer to start the second half, Maryland’s leading scorer, Shannani Williams, went on a 10-0 run to make it 70-53 with 2 minutes, 9 seconds left.
The Frogs scored the next six points to make the lead 72-62.
Williams made a jumper and a lay-up to make up the lead with 4:01 left in the period.
After a foul by Maryland, the Coups made their next three shots to make a 58-54 advantage.
Marylander’s next three attempts didn’t find the net, but Williams and Maryman took the lead for good at 75-60.
Marylands final basket came at the end of the period, as Maryland grabbed a lay up, tied it up at 74, and made the free throws.
Marymen final bucket was a lay in to tie the game on the final play of the quarter.
The Cougars will face Oklahoma State in the semifinals on Wednesday.