CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Maybe the Atlantic Coast Conference is
more than just a two-team race after all.
Ashleigh Newman hit a long desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer
to force overtime while Marissa Coleman scored five straight points
afterward to help sixth-ranked Maryland beat No. 1 North Carolina
98-95 on Thursday night, ending the Tar Heels' 30-game home winning
Crystal Langhorne scored 25 points to lead the Terrapins (22-2,
9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who rallied from a 14-point deficit
in the final 12 minutes of regulation to win here for the first
time in a decade.
And for a team hovering in the shadows of the top-ranked Tar
Heels (22-1, 9-1) and No. 2 Duke -- where the Terrapins travel
Monday -- it was clear just how big this win was for Brenda Frese's
"Our program took a step forward tonight," the coach said.
Newman's shot was just a small part of a back-and-forth contest
that had a little bit of everything. The Tar Heels appeared that
they would remain the nation's last unbeaten team in Division I --
men's or women's -- despite a shaky shooting day from leading scorer
Ivory Latta thanks to the play of Camille Little and Erlana
Little had 24 points, including 12 on 6-for-6 shooting after
Latta picked up her third foul in the first half. Larkins had 17
points, nine rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and three steals
in 32 minutes, but didn't play the overtime due to leg cramps.
Latta finished with 21 points on 7-for-20 shooting with five
But the Terrapins -- whose only losses came against Tennessee and
Duke -- improved to 4-0 in overtime with a balanced effort in the
extra period. Langhorne also had five points in the extra period,
while Kristi Toliver hit a pair of free throws with 17.2 seconds
left to make it a three-point game.
"That's why you play a tough nonconference schedule," Frese
said. "The challenge for us is to continue to get better. I love
where this team is at and the confidence we're playing with."
For the Tar Heels, there was plenty to dwell on afterward. In a
physical game in which the teams combined for 50 fouls and 55 free
throws, the Tar Heels shot just 13-for-27 at the line and committed
25 turnovers. That list included a missed free throw by Latta -- an
88-percent free-throw shooter -- with 15.4 seconds left in
regulation that allowed Newman, 1-for-9 from the field on the
night, to tie it at the horn.
The Tar Heels were also concerned about the health of backup
point guard Alex Miller, who was carried off the court on a
stretcher after she got her feet tangled up while playing
transition defense and slid headfirst into the basket support.
Miller was taken to a hospital for neck X-rays, but results were
negative and she was not admitted.
"You have to deal with what's dealt to you," North Carolina
coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "If we had made some foul shots, we
wouldn't even be talking about (a loss)."
With North Carolina leading 83-80 in the final seconds of
regulation, Shay Doron missed a straightaway 3-pointer that Larkins
appeared to rebound. But Larkins fell forward along the baseline
and the ball went bouncing back inbounds.
Newman raced to the ball several feet beyond the arc on the
right side and hurled a shot that swished through the net as the
horn sounded, setting off a brief celebration by the Terps. North
Carolina players watched in stunned silence while Larkins was down
on the sideline with the leg cramps that kept her out the rest of
Coleman put the Terps ahead to stay with a putback on the first
play of overtime for an 85-83 lead. She then followed with a
desperation 3-pointer that topped Newman's heave, spinning to her
right while being closely defended by La'Tangela Atkinson and
tossing the ball toward the backboard with the shot clock set to
The ball banked in from the right side, giving Maryland an 88-83
lead that ultimately held up.
Still, the Tar Heels closed to within 96-95 on a banked-in
3-pointer from Latta with 27.1 seconds left. Then, after a pair of
free throws by Toliver, the Tar Heels missed three 3s in the final
seconds to tie it -- the last coming when Latta missed at the horn
despite drawing contact from Doron.
The officials did not call a foul, setting off an oncourt
celebration for the Terrapins and leaving Latta sitting on the
court in shock.
"She pump-faked, my hands were up, all ball hit my hand,"
Doron said. "That was it."
Latta wouldn't comment on whether she thought she drew the foul.
"It's over with," she said. "I will let it go."