Analysis: How Longhorns pulled off biggest upset in women’s NCAA Tournament so far

Legendary coach Pat Summitt, who put women’s basketball on the map and demanded the national spotlight, said it best: Offense sells tickets, defense wins games, rebounds win championships.  

Maryland, the top-scoring team in women’s basketball all season, would have sold plenty of tickets this year had fans been allowed in arenas. But on Sunday night in the Sweet 16, it was defense (a steal by Lauren Ebo, which turned into a Kyra Lambert layup, which put Texas in front 61-59 with 44 seconds left) and rebounds (Texas turned 11 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points) that helped the sixth-seeded Longhorns pull the biggest upset so far of the 2021 women's NCAA Tournament. They knocked off second-seeded Maryland 64-61.  

Texas ended the game on a 7-2 run. The Longhorns advance to play top-seeded South Carolina in the Elite Eight on Tuesday. The winner will go to the Final Four. 

Maryland, which came into the tournament playing as well as any team in the country, looked out of sorts most of the night. The Terrapins shot 40% from the field, but just 23% (5-of-22) from deep. They turned the ball over just 11 times, but Texas turned that into 17 points — including the go-ahead layup. And they had no answer for Texas star Charli Collier, the likely No. 1 pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft who finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, one block and one steal.  

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