CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The escape was a relief. The
response was definitive.
Sixth-ranked Maryland survived two shots at victory for Virginia
at the end of regulation Friday night, then scored the first 10
points in overtime in an 84-74 victory.
"Just a heck of a game," Terrapins coach Brenda Frese said.
"I'm proud of the fact that we hung in there. We showed a lot of
poise in the last five minutes (of regulation). It was a wild
finish. We know how difficult it is to win here."
Maryland's Marissa Coleman scored five of her 22 points in
overtime and Crystal Langhorne had four in the extra session.
Coleman was 6-for-9 from the field, including 3-for-3 on
3-pointers, and had eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Langhorne, who scored 17, shot 7-for-9.
The Terrapins (16-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) also got 15
points from Ashleigh Newman while Kristi Toliver, a two-time Group
AA AP state player of the year from Harrisonburg, had 12 points and
Virginia (12-4, 1-3), coming off an impressive 78-59 victory at
No. 18 Virginia Tech, didn't score for the first 3:12 of the
5-minute overtime. When Takisha Granberry broke the drought with
the first of two free throws, it was too little too late.
"As much as you'd like to think this was a moral victory, this
doesn't go in the win column," said Sharnee Zoll, who led Virginia
with 17 points and eight assists.
"We let it get away."
Siedah Williams added 16 points and Lyndra Littles 13 for
Virginia, which shot 53 percent in the second half, but was just
1-for-8 in overtime.
Maryland shot 53.7 percent from the field, including 9-of-16
from 3-point range. Virginia made four of 10 3-pointers and shot
44.8 percent overall.