GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- In her first Atlantic Coast Conference
tournament, Crystal Langhorne is playing like a veteran.
No surprise there. She did the same all season.
The freshman forward had another double-double and Jade Perry
nearly matched her season high with 11 points, helping Maryland (No. 25 AP) hold off North Carolina State (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today; No. 19 AP) 63-56 Saturday
night in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.
"Now, it's just one-and-done, so you really can't say it's like
a regular season game," Langhorne said. "I tried not to get too
Maryland (21-8) advanced to face sixth-ranked Duke in the
semifinals. The Blue Devils beat Wake Forest 107-50 earlier
Two days after she was selected the league's Freshman of the
Year, Langhorne had 23 points and 16 rebounds. She shot 9-of-14 and
easily got the better of the Wolfpack's four-player post rotation
to reach double figures in points and rebounds for the 16th time
"Crystal's been steady every game she comes out to play,"
Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "She continues just to progress
and be solid as a rock, as she has all of the conference season."
Leading scorer Shay Doron had another rough outing against NC
State and finished with 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting. In the
earlier matchup, won 67-55 by the Wolfpack, Doron was only 1-for-12
for two points.
But her final basket in this one was the biggest. With the
Terrapins' lead down to one in the final minute, Doron drove in the
lane and lofted an off-balanced one-hander. The ball bounced around
the rim before dropping through, and when Kendra Bell's 3-pointer
missed everything on the other end, sixth-seeded Maryland had
Kalika France sealed the victory by racing ahead of the pack for
a layup with 19 seconds left, and she was fouled on the play. When
her free throw was off, she raced in for the rebound, and the
Terrapins held on.
Bell led third-seeded NC State (21-7) with 15 points, and
Tiffany Stansbury added 11.
"We needed another perimeter play to really step up for us and
hit some shots," NC State coach Kay Yow said.
Earlier, a rough defensive possession for the Wolfpack appeared
to give them energy. Trailing 51-43, they had three different
players called for fouls in a span of about 30 seconds, and they
also allowed an offensive rebound. The third foul was their seventh
of the half and put Maryland's Jade Perry on the line for
one-and-one, but she missed the first.
On the other end, Bell pulled up for a jumper just inside the
paint to cut the margin to six, and after France clanged a
3-pointer off the rim, Khadija Whittington powered inside and
forced a foul by Perry.
Whittington missed both shots, but NC State continued to play
aggressively. Billie McDowell slapped the ball away from Ashleigh
Newman for a steal, Bell drove for a layup and Stansbury got loose
inside for a basket over Langhorne, and the Wolfpack were within
Later, after another miss by France, Bell swished her third 3 of
the game to cut the margin to one.
"Just looking at the game, I felt like I needed to score
more," said Bell, who came in averaging only seven points. "So I
just tried to take what was open."
NC State missed a chance to take its first lead of the second
half when Stansbury couldn't covert from in close -- with Bell wide
open in the corner -- and Perry followed a miss by Smith to make it
Perry's previous best of 12 points came against Wake Forest, and
that was one of only two games in double figures in the regular
season. In this one, she proved to be the perfect complement to
Langhorne, added six rebounds and missing only one of her six free
Frese also was pleased with her defense, which held the Wolfpack
to 39 percent shooting.
"They've made a commitment to defense," Frese said. "It's
definitely showing with our energy and intensity. We came out ready
to defend with a lot of emotion and a lot of intensity. And it's
exciting to see this team coming together at the right point in the