Cindy Noble, Tennessee's all-America center, scored 17 points in the second half, including two free throws with eight seconds left in overtime, as the seventh-ranked Volunteers held off a determined Maryland team, 93-91, last night in a nonconference women's basketball game at Cole Field House.
Scoring almost at will around Maryland's ineffectual 2-1-2 zone, the 6-foot-5 senior made 15 of 19 shots from the floor and finished with a game-high 34 points. She was 12 for 13 in the second half, when the Volunteers (8-3) opened a 13-point lead before Maryland closed with a furious rally.
The 14th-ranked Terps (6-3) were led by 6-1 sophomore Jasmina Perazic, who scored 17 of her 26 points in the second half to key Maryland's comeback. Perazic sent the game into overtime with a 16-foot jumper from the left side with eight seconds left that tied the score at 81-81. But Maryland, as had been the case during regulation time, could not contain the taller, stronger visitors during overtime. After the teams traded baskets for the first three minutes, Noble scored off a rebound with 1:32 left to give Tennessee an 89-87 lead.
Freshman Mary Ostrowski made it 91-87 with a hook shot with one minute left. The Terps cut it to two, 91-89, when Freshman guard Marcia Richardson (20 points) scored on an exceptional drive around the leaping Noble with 36 seconds left. But Maryland foolishly fouled Noble with eight seconds left, only two seconds before the 30-second clock was to expire. She converted both free throws on the one-and-one situation to insure Tennessee's victory.
Maryland outshot the Volunteers from the floor, 42 for 70 (60 percent) to Tennessee's 35 for 61 (57.3 percent). But Tennessee made 23 free throws to seven for the Terps, and also outrebounded them, 38-20.
"I think Tennessee deserved to win because they played a little more consistently than we did," said Maryland Coach Chris Weller. "We didn't play real well. Our lack of poise hurt us at the end. We didn't remember a few things that we should have."