Maryland's women changed offenses and attitudes and outscored scrappy North Carolina, 25-16, in the final 6:20 for a 93-82 basketball victory at Cole Field House last night.
The Terrapins (7-1) were paced by center Kris Kirchner's 16 points. The Maryland victory overshadowed the play of Carolina's Cathy Shoemaker, who scored 28.
Betsy Bailey had 14 points and Debbie Stewart and Jane Zivalich added 13 each for Maryland. The Terps lost starting point guard Lynn Callander with what was believed to be a sprained ankle.
Callander was scheduled for X-rays last night. Her status is uncertain for Saturday's game at Madison Square Garden against sixth-ranked LSU.
"North Carolina is the kind of scrappy, short team that tends to really hustle," Zivalich said. "In the second half, we just had to buckle down, dive for loose balls and go after the boards."
Maryland changed from its 1-4 offense to what it calls a countinuity offense late in the game, posting Kirchner and Stewart low to help the inside game and making use of its height advantage.
Maryland, ranked third in the nation, pulled away from UNC in the final minutes, scoring eight of its last 10 points at the foul line.