SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Marissa Coleman and her Maryland teammates knew UC Santa Barbara would do everything they could to avoid another embarrassing loss to the Terps.
What third-ranked Maryland didn't know was how much of a struggle this match up would be.Kristi Toliver made two free throws in the final seconds to secure the Terps' 75-71 victory over the Gauchos on Friday night.Coleman scored a career-high 30 points for the Terps (7-0). The junior guard made 18 of 20 free-throw attempts. Toliver scored 19 points and Laura Harper had 15 points and 12 rebounds."They didn't want that to happen again," Coleman said of UCSB, which lost 105-44 at College Park last December. "We knew they would press us for 40 minutes."Chisa Ononiwu led UCSB (2-3) with 20 points. She made four of eight 3-point attempts. Jenna Green scored 16 points and Jessica Wilson added 12.Maryland opened up a 16-3 lead in the first five minutes, but UCSB trailed only 37-30 at halftimeThe Gauchos, who trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, took a 42-39 lead on a jumper by Whitney Warren with 13:20 remaining in the game.Maryland scored the next eight points, five by Toliver, and extended its lead to 61-50.UCSB pulled to 73-71 on a pair of free throws by Sha'Rae Gibbons with 25 seconds to go. Toliver made her fouls shots 10 seconds later, and UCSB missed its final shot."They couldn't possibly be more over confident," UCSB coach Mark French said. "The stars were perfectly lined up for us to pull off a great upset."Maryland played without two-time All-America forward Crystal Langhorne, who has a sprained ankle. Head coach Brenda Frese, who is expecting twins in March, did not make the trip on advice of her doctor.The Terps will play at UCLA Sunday.