For the first time since 2002, the women's NCAA tournament will return to having the top 16 seeds host the first and second rounds, which, along with the regionals, also return to a Friday through Monday format.
Tuesday's regional final came down to a spectacular showdown between Alyssa Thomas and Shoni Schimmel. Maryland emerged the winner, preventing Thomas from joining a long list of great players who never reached a Final Four.
Alyssa Thomas scored 22 points, Katie Rutan hit clutch 3-pointers and freshman Lexie Brown kept the Terps composure as No. 4 seed Maryland overcame a four-point halftime deficit to beat No. 3 seed Louisville 76-73.
It's not that Alyssa Thomas and Shoni Schimmel can't do it all on their own. But on Sunday, with the help of teammates such as Maryland's Lauren Mincy and Louisville's Tia Gibbs and Asia Taylor, the senior stars didn't have to.