Final Four bid at stake as Maryland faces Tennessee

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – The expectation was placed on Holly Warlick the moment she was named as Pat Summitt’s successor at Tennessee.

Competing for a national title was the baseline Summitt created and even with the transition to Warlick in charge, the standard for defining success didn’t change.

With that backdrop, No. 2 seed Tennessee (30-5) goes into Monday night’s Spokane Regional final against top-seeded Maryland, trying to get back to the Final Four for the first time since 2008. That was the year of Summitt’s last title and just so happened to come in Tampa, Florida, the location of this year’s Final Four.

Maryland (33-2) has won 27 straight games and is trying to reach the Final Four for the second straight season.

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