BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Carrie Mason had 16 points for Virginia
Tech, which hung on to upset No. 17 Maryland 77-67 in the Hokies'
Atlantic Coast Conference debut on Sunday.
Maryland (10-2) whittled a 17 point-deficit to 67-65 with just
over 2 minutes left. Shay Doron missed the front end of a 1-and-1
foul shot for Maryland, and Virginia Tech center Erin Gibson came
right back with a basket to put the Hokies up by four.
Kirby Copeland followed a 3-point play to build the lead to
seven with 1:15 left. Her free throw started a parade at the line,
and Virginia Tech made 6-of-7 down the stretch.
Erin Gibson had 14, Britney Anderson 12, Dawn Chriss 11, and
Copeland finished with nine for the Hokies.
Maryland freshman center Crystal Langhorne had 23 points and
Doron added 17.
The Hokies (10-2) broke out to an early 14-6 lead with the help
of a pair of 3-point baskets from Mason. Maryland pulled to 29-25
with 5:20 remaining in the first half. Mason capped a 7-1 run to
end the half with another 3-pointer for Tech's 36-26 lead at the
Chriss gave Tech a 17-point lead with a jumper at 16:24 of the
second half. From that point, the Terrapins outscored the Hokies
34-19 over the next 14 minutes.
The victory was the Hokies second over a ranked opponent in the
last two weeks. They beat then-No. 12 Texas Tech 71-70 in overtime
on Dec. 19.