ALBUQUERQUE -- Maryland's national player of the year candidate got the best of Baylor and its big star.
Crystal Langhorne matched a career high with 34 points and added 15 rebounds, leading No. 2-seeded Maryland to an 82-63 win over the third-seeded Lady Bears last night to eliminate Sophia Young and the defending national champions from the NCAA Tournament.
The Terrapins (31-4) advanced to meet the winner of the late contest between Utah and Boston College in tomorrow's Albuquerque Regional final, with a berth in the Final Four at stake.
Anything seems possible for Maryland under fourth-year coach Brenda Frese, whose young team is one game from the program's first Final Four appearance since 1989. The Terps were in the Round of 16 for the first time since 1992, and now they want more.
Marissa Coleman added 15 points and Kristi Toliver scored 12 for the Terps, who start a junior, two sophomores, and two freshmen.
Langhorne, a 6-foot-2-inch sophomore, outdueled Young from the opening tipoff and the Lady Bears (26-7) couldn't survive one of their worst shooting nights of the season (33 percent, 25 of 74).
Young, meanwhile, scored 26 points on 11-of-25 shooting but the Big 12's career scoring and rebounding leader -- as well as most valuable player from last year's Final Four, got off to a horrible start in her final college game.
No other Baylor player scored in double figures.
Young went 5 for 18 in the first half for 10 points. She never found her rhythm until Maryland's lead reached double digits midway through the second half, not with Langhorne and Laura Harper doing fine work as they swapped the defensive assignment.
Langhorne, meanwhile, was ready to go. She scored the game's first 8 points and had 20 points by halftime as Maryland led, 35-28, at the break.
Baylor, in the tournament for the fifth time in six seasons, reached the regional semifinals for the third straight year. But after flattening Northern Arizona and New Mexico to reach this point, the Bears went flat.