Coleman, Toliver power Terps to eighth straight win

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver are determined to end their collegiate careers the same way they started.

Coleman scored a career-high 32 points, Toliver added 27 and No. 5 Maryland beat Boston College 86-74 on Friday night in the Terrapins' final regular-season home game.

"They continue to put this team on their back," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "We needed to get a quick start and needed to be ready from the tip. We've been able to ride the hot hand of these two."

The Terps won the national title when the guards were freshmen in 2006, and the two are hoping to cap their stellar careers with another championship.

"I just think there's a sense of urgency in both of us," Coleman said. "When you're seniors, you don't want your senior year to end."

Maryland (24-4, 11-2) moved into a first-place tie with Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and can clinch its first regular-season title in 20 years with a win in Sunday's regular-season finale at Miami.

Coleman and Toliver scored Maryland's first 30 points after combining for 58 points in last Sunday's win over then-No. 7 Duke. Coleman went 12-for-19 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line against BC, and Toliver made eight of 16 shots and eight of nine free throws.

"They're incredible players," Boston College coach Sylvia Crawley said. "They came out hot in the first five minutes."

Mickel Picco led Boston College (18-10, 6-7) with 18 points. Lauren Whitehurst added 16 and Stefanie Murphy finished with 15.

Lynetta Kizer had 10 points for Maryland.