Stat of the game II: Notre Dame led 48-31 at the half and Maryland senior All-American Alyssa Thomas had been quiet in the opening 20 minutes. She needed to get out to a fast start if Maryland was going to come back like it did the first time these two met back in January. Instead, Thomas didn't attempt a shot for the first 6&12frac; minutes after halftime and Maryland never made a run. It was a frustrating night for the three-time ACC Player of the Year. Thomas was just 5-for-13 from the field and finished with 14 points and six rebounds. Her second shot of the second half, at the 13:13 mark, was an air ball, essentially summing up the last game of her college career. Thomas left with 1:33 remaining -- with some tears and the same frustrated look that she wore most of the night.
X factor: The biggest factor in the game was the rebounding. Notre Dame completely flipped the switch on what Maryland does best. That went along with the Irish's ability to control Thomas. She was doubled teamed for much of the game and couldn't get to the glass. Notre Dame was more aggressive from the outset and had more answers than the Terps. Without Thomas excelling and the ability for its young players to get some easy baskets off misses, Maryland was doomed.