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  • North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields (23) reacts after injuring herself during the first half of a regional semifinal against South Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields (23) reacts after injuring herself during the first half of a regional semifinal against South Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields (23) reacts after injuring herself during the first half of a regional semifinal against South Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields (23) reacts after injuring herself during the first half of a regional semifinal against South Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields (23) shoots between South Carolina's Asia Dozier, left, and Tina Roy (23) during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields (23) shoots between South Carolina's Asia Dozier, left, and Tina Roy (23) during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields (23) shoots between South Carolina's Asia Dozier, left, and Tina Roy (23) during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields (23) shoots between South Carolina's Asia Dozier, left, and Tina Roy (23) during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • South Carolina guard Tiffany Davis (15) dribbles past North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    South Carolina guard Tiffany Davis (15) dribbles past North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • South Carolina guard Tiffany Davis (15) dribbles past North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    South Carolina guard Tiffany Davis (15) dribbles past North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • North Carolina forward Xylina McDaniel (34), left, collides with South Carolina guard Khadijah Sessions during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    North Carolina forward Xylina McDaniel (34), left, collides with South Carolina guard Khadijah Sessions during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • North Carolina forward Xylina McDaniel (34), left, collides with South Carolina guard Khadijah Sessions during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    North Carolina forward Xylina McDaniel (34), left, collides with South Carolina guard Khadijah Sessions during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields grabs her leg after hitting the floor during the first half of a regional semifinal game against South Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields grabs her leg after hitting the floor during the first half of a regional semifinal game against South Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields grabs her leg after hitting the floor during the first half of a regional semifinal game against South Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields grabs her leg after hitting the floor during the first half of a regional semifinal game against South Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • South Carolina guard Khadijah Sessions (5) drives against North Carolina guard Allisha Gray (15) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    South Carolina guard Khadijah Sessions (5) drives against North Carolina guard Allisha Gray (15) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • South Carolina guard Khadijah Sessions (5) drives against North Carolina guard Allisha Gray (15) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    South Carolina guard Khadijah Sessions (5) drives against North Carolina guard Allisha Gray (15) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga (1) is defended by South Carolina center Elem Ibiam (33) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga (1) is defended by South Carolina center Elem Ibiam (33) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga (1) is defended by South Carolina center Elem Ibiam (33) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga (1) is defended by South Carolina center Elem Ibiam (33) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley talks to an official during the first half of a regional semifinal game against North Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley talks to an official during the first half of a regional semifinal game against North Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley talks to an official during the first half of a regional semifinal game against North Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley talks to an official during the first half of a regional semifinal game against North Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga (1) shoots against South Carolina center Elem Ibiam (33) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga (1) shoots against South Carolina center Elem Ibiam (33) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga (1) shoots against South Carolina center Elem Ibiam (33) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga (1) shoots against South Carolina center Elem Ibiam (33) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • South Carolina center Elem Ibiam, center, is defended by North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga, left, and forward Xylina McDaniel (34) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    South Carolina center Elem Ibiam, center, is defended by North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga, left, and forward Xylina McDaniel (34) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • South Carolina center Elem Ibiam, center, is defended by North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga, left, and forward Xylina McDaniel (34) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    South Carolina center Elem Ibiam, center, is defended by North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga, left, and forward Xylina McDaniel (34) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields, left, dribbles around South Carolina guard Tiffany Mitchell during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields, left, dribbles around South Carolina guard Tiffany Mitchell during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields, left, dribbles around South Carolina guard Tiffany Mitchell during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields, left, dribbles around South Carolina guard Tiffany Mitchell during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • South Carolina center Alaina Coates (41) shoots over North Carolina guard Allisha Gray during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    South Carolina center Alaina Coates (41) shoots over North Carolina guard Allisha Gray during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • South Carolina center Alaina Coates (41) shoots over North Carolina guard Allisha Gray during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    South Carolina center Alaina Coates (41) shoots over North Carolina guard Allisha Gray during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields (23) reacts after injuring herself during the first half of a regional semifinal against South Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields (23) reacts after injuring herself during the first half of a regional semifinal against South Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields (23) shoots between South Carolina's Asia Dozier, left, and Tina Roy (23) during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields (23) shoots between South Carolina's Asia Dozier, left, and Tina Roy (23) during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • South Carolina guard Tiffany Davis (15) dribbles past North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • South Carolina guard Tiffany Davis (15) dribbles past North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • North Carolina forward Xylina McDaniel (34), left, collides with South Carolina guard Khadijah Sessions during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • North Carolina forward Xylina McDaniel (34), left, collides with South Carolina guard Khadijah Sessions during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields grabs her leg after hitting the floor during the first half of a regional semifinal game against South Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
  • North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields grabs her leg after hitting the floor during the first half of a regional semifinal game against South Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
  • South Carolina guard Khadijah Sessions (5) drives against North Carolina guard Allisha Gray (15) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
  • South Carolina guard Khadijah Sessions (5) drives against North Carolina guard Allisha Gray (15) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
  • North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga (1) is defended by South Carolina center Elem Ibiam (33) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
  • North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga (1) is defended by South Carolina center Elem Ibiam (33) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
  • South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley talks to an official during the first half of a regional semifinal game against North Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
  • South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley talks to an official during the first half of a regional semifinal game against North Carolina at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
  • North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga (1) shoots against South Carolina center Elem Ibiam (33) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
  • North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga (1) shoots against South Carolina center Elem Ibiam (33) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
  • South Carolina center Elem Ibiam, center, is defended by North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga, left, and forward Xylina McDaniel (34) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
  • South Carolina center Elem Ibiam, center, is defended by North Carolina forward Stephanie Mavunga, left, and forward Xylina McDaniel (34) during the first half of a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
  • North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields, left, dribbles around South Carolina guard Tiffany Mitchell during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields, left, dribbles around South Carolina guard Tiffany Mitchell during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • South Carolina center Alaina Coates (41) shoots over North Carolina guard Allisha Gray during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • South Carolina center Alaina Coates (41) shoots over North Carolina guard Allisha Gray during the first half of a regional semifinal at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Diamond DeShields escaped two close calls with injury to score 19 points, leading North Carolina one win closer to a sweet reunion with healing coach Sylvia Hatchell by beating top-seeded South Carolina 65-58 in the Stanford (Calif.) Regional semifinals on Sunday night.

Brittany Rountree converted a pair of free throws with 1:14 left and two more at the 36.4-second mark to help seal it for the No. 4 seed Tar Heels (27-9), who backed up their December victory against the Gamecocks with another on the NCAA tournament stage.

The Tar Heels will play in Tuesday night’s regional final against second-seeded Stanford (32-3), an 82-57 winner on its home court against No. 3 seed Penn State in Sunday’s first game.

Alaina Coates hit several key baskets down the stretch on the way to 22 points for South Carolina (29-5), held to 37.7-percent shooting while committing 13 turnovers.

North Carolina players lingered well after the final buzzer hand handshakes, with DeShields holding Stephanie Mavunga in a long embrace. Mavunga, who contributed 13 points, nine rebounds and three steals, then lifted Jessica Washington into the air as the guard raised her arm in triumph.

North Carolina needs one more win to be reunited with Hatchell, whose doctors have said she could travel to the Final Four in Nashville, Tenn., after recently undergoing her final chemotherapy session for leukemia.

Hatchell hasn’t coached this season after being diagnosed with leukemia in October, though she does plenty of game planning with associate coach Andrew Calder by phone

DeShields threw everything at advancing her team to Tuesday night’s regional final against second-seeded Stanford (32-3).

The Atlantic Coast Conference’s top freshman blocked South Carolina’s opening shot of the second half, and jumped in the passing lane for a steal six minutes later.

Teams have tried every last trick to try to stop her — and DeShields didn’t even let a couple of scary injury moments keep her off the court for long.

Stanford 82, Penn State 57 — Chiney Ogwumike had 29 points and 15 rebounds, Mikaela Ruef produced a career performance on both ends, and second-seeded Stanford to reached the regional final on its home floor.

The Cardinal (32-3) built a big first-half lead and rolled against the third-seeded Lady Lions to move into Tuesday night’s regional final against either No. 4 seed North Carolina.

Ruef recovered from getting poked in the eye early to contribute 11 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals. She was cheered at every chance by the raucous home crowd at Maples Pavilion. Amber Orrange added 18 points in Stanford’s ninth straight NCAA tournament home win.

Ariel Edwards scored 22 points for the Lady Lions (24-8), while leading scorer Maggie Lucas was held scoreless in the second half and finished with six.

Maryland 73, Tennessee 62 — Alyssa Thomas scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as fourth-seeded Maryland upset No. 1 seed Tennessee 73-62 on Sunday in the Louisville Region semifinal in Louisville, Ky.

The Terrapins (27-6) reached their ninth regional final and first since 2012. They did it against a program the Terps had beaten only four times previously and never before in the NCAA tournament. Maryland improved to 5-10 against Tennessee (29-6) with a little revenge for their previous tournament loss in the 1989 Final Four.

The Lady Vols’ self-titled “GrindFor9” in their chase for a ninth national championship is over. They will miss the Final Four for a sixth straight season. This hurts even more with the national championship game being played April 8 in Nashville just 179 miles from their home in Knoxville.

Meighan Simmons scored 31 points for Tennessee.

Louisville 73, LSU 47 — Shoni Schimmel scored 19 points, Tia Gibbs added five 3-pointers and third-seeded Louisville rolled seventh-seeded LSU to reach the regional final of the NCAA tournament.

Facing an injury-riddled Tigers squad that dressed just eight players, the Cardinals (33-4) rung up another rout highlighted by a season-best 12 3-pointers with the two seniors leading the way. Schimmel was 3 of 5 from beyond the arc and three other Cardinals contributed.

LSU (21-13) on the other hand went 31 minutes with just Danielle Ballard (24 points), Jasmine Rhodes (eight) and Theresa Plaisance (seven) scoring before other Tigers chipped in. By then the game was out of hand and the Tigers shot just 24 percent from the field.

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