The sixth-ranked Maryland women rallied in the final minute today to upset Rutgers, 69-66, ending the third-ranked Knights' Athletic Center win streak at 49 games. The Terrapins have won 11 straight.
Maryland (16-2) was the last team to defeat Rutgers (12-3) at the Athletic Center, four seasons ago, 96-88. The 11 straight victories for Maryland tied a team record set four years ago when the Terrapins advanced to the final game of the national championship.
Maryland Coach Chris Weller said, "In the second half we were forced to use the press and that really pulled us back."
The Terrapins have not used the press since leading scorer Jasmina Perazic sprained her ankle two weeks ago. But Perazic enabled the Terrapins to put the press back to work, playing 32 minutes as a reserve and scoring 18 points.
Maryland's Debbie Lytle, who scored 10 points, made a layup with 48 seconds left. Marcia Richardson's two free throws in the final seconds clinched the victory.
Maryland had taken its first lead of the game, 59-58, with 4:46 remaining, after outscoring Rutgers, 12-2. The Terrapins increased the lead to 65-60 with 2:20 left, but Rutgers scored six straight points for a 66-65 advantage with 1:12 left.
Myra Waters led Maryland with 20 points. Terry Dorner had 23 for the Knights.
Maryland is at home against top-ranked and defending national champion Louisiana Tech Monday night at 7:30. Tech had its winning streak of 54 games ended by Old Dominion Friday night.