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No. 3 seed Maryland women fall to UCLA, 85-80, in second round of NCAA tournament

No. 3 seed Maryland women fall to UCLA, 85-80, in second round of NCAA tournament

As she headed for the exits one final time this March, Brenda Frese looked up. The Maryland women’s basketball coach waved to the fans on her left and her right inside Xfinity Center, an acknowledgment of their support as much as a goodbye. The gesture had a familiar heartbreak Monday night.

Three years earlier, Frese had walked off the Xfinity Center court in defeat, stunned in the second round of the NCAA tournament by a Pac-12 team that cared not for the Terps’ higher seed or the thousands of fans who expected a fifth straight trip to March Madness’ second weekend.

Monday offered little comfort for much of the announced 3,941 in attendance. The scoreboard read UCLA 85,...

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