RALEIGH, N.C. – Laurin Mincy had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Maryland rally past Texas A&M 81-74 on Sunday in the semifinals of the Raleigh Regional of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

Alyssa Thomas added 21 points and nine rebounds for the second-seeded Terrapins (31-4), who trailed by 18 points in the first half and by 11 midway through the second half. But Maryland fought its way back and held the defending national champion Aggies (24-11) to one basket in the final 7½ minutes.

The Terrapins went ahead to stay on Lynetta Kizer’s inside basket off a feed from Brene Moseley that made it 75-74 with 3:29 left.

NOTRE DAME 79, ST. BONAVENTURE 35: Natalie Novosel scored 16 points and the top-seeded Irish (33-3) advanced to the Raleigh Regional final by routing fifth-seeded St. Bonaventure (31-4).


CONNECTICUT 77, PENN STATE 59: Bria Hartley scored 20 points and Kelly Faris added 15 to help the top-seeded Huskies (32-4) beat fourth-seeded Penn State (26-7) at Kingston, R.I.

Connecticut advanced to a regional final for the seventh straight year. The Huskies will played second-seeded Kentucky on Tuesday night.

Leading 36-27 late in the first half, UConn used a 17-2 run spanning halftime to blow the game open.

KENTUCKY 79, GONZAGA 62: Keyla Snowden made five 3-pointers for second-seeded Kentucky (28-6), including a pair that turn back 11th-seeded Gonzaga’s last charge.

Snowden had 17 points, going 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and Samarie Walker scored 16 with 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (28-6), who will make their second trip to a regional final in three years.