3:00 PM ET, January 29, 2006
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Winning games in overtime has become common for No. 6 Maryland.The Terrapins got a career-high 34 points from Crystal Langhorne, including 10 in the extra period, to beat pesky Wake Forest 79-70 on Sunday.Maryland (19-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) improved to 3-0 in overtime games this season, with all three victories coming on the road during the month of January. The Terrapins beat Boston College 67-64 on Jan. 5, then defeated Virginia 84-74 on Jan. 20."It was a heck of a game on both ends," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "Not that they need to keep putting our coaches through this, but we really believe in ourselves. Obviously, both teams hate to lose, but we were able to stay focused and remain inspired."A lot of that was thanks to Langhorne, who also pulled down 14 rebounds to help the Terrapins win their fifth straight league game, equaling a team record set during the 2000-2001 season.The sophomore -- whose previous career best was 33 points, set Feb. 28, 2005, in a win over Northern Colorado -- hit 14-of-22 from the field, including 4-of-7 in overtime. She also went 6-of-8 from the free-throw line."My teammates were just getting me the ball in the right places," Langhorne said. "Sometimes they were doubling up on me, but we worked on that in practice. We were really spread out, so that gave me a lot of room to work."Maryland needed its inside game as it struggled to put away the Demon Deacons (10-9, 2-5), who suffered their third straight loss and second against a ranked team in the last three days. No. 3 North Carolina beat them 91-57 on Friday night.The Terrapins, who lead the ACC in 3-point percentage at 45.5 percent, hit just 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) against Wake Forest. They made up for that with a 52-34 rebounding advantage, including a 20-11 margin in offensive rebounds and a 46-24 edge in scoring in the paint."You can't get outrebounded like that and win a college basketball game," Demon Deacons coach Mike Petersen said."I think we played really hard. I've got no beef with our effort, with our competitiveness, with anything. However, when a team gets 20 offensive rebounds, that means we weren't physical enough."Wake Forest made up for its lack of inside play with its outside shooting. Cotelia Bond-Young scored 29 points, hitting six 3-pointers as the Demon Deacons went 9-of-23 from beyond the arc.Deirdre Naughton added 15 points and Corinne Groves 11.The Terrapins led 30-27 at the half and were up by nine points with less than 8 minutes to play, but Wake Forest rallied to lead twice in the closing minutes of regulation. The Demon Deacons' last lead came when Groves made a pair of free throws to make it 64-62 with 1:08 left.But Langhorne followed with a layup with 54 seconds left to tie the score and send the game into overtime.In the extra period, the two sides swapped the lead three times and tied the game three more times before Langhorne converted a pair of 3-point plays over a 40-second span late in the period to put Maryland in the lead to stay.Laura Harper added 13 points and Marissa Coleman had 11 for the Terrapins.