Maryland Terrapins vs. Virginia Cavaliers: Terrapins outlast Cavaliers in overtime
Saturday, January 22, 2011; 7:11 PM
CHARLOTTESVILLE - The 15th-ranked Maryland women's basketball team wasted a double-figure lead in the second half, rallied from a late deficit to force overtime and then outlasted Virginia, 77-75, when sophomore forward Diandra Tchatchouang made a basket with 6.1 seconds to play on Friday night at John Paul Jones Arena.
Cavaliers guard Arianna Moorer had a chance to win immediately following, but her three-pointer at the buzzer rattled in and out, and the Terrapins escaped with a critical ACC victory before a crowd of 3,446. Maryland won its second game in a row, both on the road, after losing two straight and beat the Cavaliers on their home court for a second consecutive season.
Freshman guard-forward Alyssa Thomas led Maryland with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and junior center Lynetta Kizer added 16 points and six rebounds. Tchatchouang chipped in nine points, none more important than her decisive fast-break layup, capping a night in which she also forced overtime with a three-pointer from the top of the key with 14 seconds left in regulation.
"I thought we grew up tonight as a young team through a lot of adversity, a lot of foul trouble, a very physical game and had to keep our poise and our composure," Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. "Especially when they took the lead and we were clawing and digging ourselves back, I just thought this win gives us a lot of confidence in terms of knowing when you're down, you stick together as a team that you can come back and make plays."
Maryland has been able to lean on Thomas for much of this season, and she was at it again, staking the Terrapins to a 49-39 cushion with 13 minutes 50 seconds left in regulation. Then Thomas picked up her third and fourth fouls in quick time, compelling Frese to go a lengthy stretch with the team's leading scorer on the bench as the Cavaliers surged to a 58-53 lead with 6:28 remaining.
The Terrapins barely kept it together in her absence, using a 7-1 run in the final minutes of regulation to get to overtime. In the extra period, Maryland (15-3, 2-2) went up, 75-72, on junior guard Kim Rodgers's jumper with 2:04 to go before Virginia (11-9, 0-4) tied it on a three-point play by Shine 39 seconds later.
Moorer (Hylton High) missed a jumper with 36 seconds to go, but Edwards got the rebound for Virginia. Shine then missed a jumper, and the ball went out bounds off the Cavaliers with 13 seconds to play. Maryland immediately called a 30-second timeout to set up the winning play, and the Terrapins ran it with textbook precision.
Maryland relied on its usual supremacy along the interior and an accelerated pace for its first overtime win of the season. The Terrapins held an 18-0 advantage in fast-break points, 52-30 on points in the paint and outrebounded Virginia, 52-42. They limited the Cavaliers to 36 percent shooting and held on despite 22 turnovers.
Virginia had four players score in double figures, with Shine's 15 points and seven rebounds leading the way. Edwards had 13 points, and Ataira Franklin and Jazmin Pitts each had 12.
"We were trying to hang onto the lead instead of playing to win," Virginia Coach Debbie Ryan said. "We didn't need to hang onto the lead. We needed to continue to play to win, and a couple of shots just didn't go in."
Duke still undefeated
Krystal Thomas scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help No. 3 Duke beat visiting Georgia Tech, 69-32. Tricia Liston added nine points off the bench for the Blue Devils (18-0, 4-0 ACC), who defeated the Yellow Jackets (16-5, 4-1) for the 32nd consecutive time.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.