BOSTON -- Let the other tourists check out the U.S.S. Constitution and walk the Freedom Trail. Brenda Frese and the Maryland basketball team have their own list of favorite sites in Boston.
There's the new Boston Garden, where the Terrapins won the 2006 NCAA championship. And Boston College, where they improved their record against the Eagles to 7-0 on Monday night with a 85-81 victory.
"Boston is my favorite place to come," said Kristi Toliver, who scored 19 points with seven assists, picking up a loose ball and hitting a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down in the final minute. "I wish we could play here every game."
Toliver finished 5-for-11 from 3-point range -- Maryland shot 56 percent from beyond the arc as a team -- and Marissa Coleman added 23 points, seven rebounds, and five assists as the Terps (19-4, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their third straight game.
Corey Rusin scored 21, Carolyn Swords added 19, and Jaclyn Thoman had 13 points and 10 assists for Boston College (17-7, 5-4 ACC). The Eagles, who hadn't lost consecutive games all season, have now dropped three in a row -- all of them to Top 15-ranked teams.
The Eagles play unranked Miami on Monday before North Carolina (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) next Thursday, followed by Virginia (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) and then Maryland again.
"It's tough, and we knew it would be tough," BC coach Sylvia Crawley said. "Our expectations are very high, and we don't make any excuses, but these are tough games."
Nothing has been tougher than Maryland, which has never lost to BC and has also shut down Boston University, Harvard, and Massachusetts. Although the Terps did lose to Holy Cross in Worcester in the first round of the 1991 NCAA tournament, they beat North Carolina and Duke at the new Boston Garden in '06 to win their only national title.
"I don't ever want to forget that," said Frese, who missed last year's trip to BC because she was pregnant with twins and doctors told her not to travel. "Every time we come back here, it always brings back great memories. "We've had some really good luck and a lot of success, so of course we're going to love it."
Boston College trailed 76-73, with the ball and just under three minutes left, when Mickel Picco pulled up for a foul line jumper that could have made it a one-point game. The shot hit the rim, Demauria Liles grabbed the rebound and at the other end took the feed under the basket from Toliver for a layup that made it 78-73.
Rusin's free throws cut it to three points with 1:11 left before Maryland worked the clock and then almost coughed it up. The loose ball rolled toward the top of the key, where Toliver grabbed it and put up a 3-pointer.
BC led 34-29 on Picco's 3-pointer with 6:05 left in the first half before Maryland scored the next 11 points. Toliver hit a 3-pointer, then Lynetta Kizer scored on a layup to tie it, drawing a foul and converting the three-point play.
Toliver hit a jumper and then added another 3-pointer to give Maryland a 40-34 lead with 3:17 to play in the half, and the Terps made it eight points before Rusin's 3-pointer made it 46-41 at the break.
With 10 minutes left in the second half, Maryland held BC scoreless for 5:07 while extending its lead to 12 points, 76-64.