MIAMI, DEC. 28 -- Sixth-ranked Virginia advanced in the Orange Bowl Classic with a 78-69 victory over Miami, and Maryland lost a close one to drop into the losers bracket today in a tournament of nationally ranked teams.

The No. 16 Terrapins were just a three-point shot away from sending their game against No. 8 Rutgers into overtime, but lost, 79-76.

Led by guard Daphne Hawkins (20 points), the Cavaliers (7-0) held a 16-14 lead with seven minutes left in the half. After intermission, Virginia went on an 18-8 scoring run, led by Kirsten Anderson's eight points. That helped them to a 25-point lead with 14:09 remaining. Anderson finished with 17 points on seven-for-10 shooting from the field.

Maria Rivera (32 points) rallied Miami with three straight three-pointers with a little over seven minutes left in the game. Her three-pointer with 57 seconds left brought Miami within eight. Virginia's Kathy McConnell was fouled on an inbounds pass and sank the first of a one-and-one and Miami got no closer.

Donna Holt had seven steals and five assists for the Cavaliers. The win was the 200th for Virginia Coach Debbie Ryan.

Virginia plays fifth-ranked Iowa, a 73-69 upset winner over second-ranked Auburn, at 5 Tuesday.

Maryland meets No. 20 Illinois, a 90-75 loser to No. 1 Texas at noon Tuesday in the consolation bracket. Texas faces Rutgers at 7:30.

Down by 48-31 at halftime -- the largest deficit of the game -- the Terrapins (6-1) scored the first six points of the second half and rallied to within two on four occasions.

With six minutes remaining in the game, Maryland sophomore guard Edna Campbell was called for an intentional foul on Rutgers' Telicher Austin, who made the second of two free throws for the eventual final score. But with the new intentional foul rule, Rutgers was able to maintain possession after the second free-throw attempt. A turnover gave Maryland a final chance to tie the game, but Campbell missed a jumper at the buzzer. She was not in three-point range.

"Rutgers' experience in postseason play showed -- particularly in the first half," said Maryland Coach Chris Weller. "I told our team {at halftime} to not try to get it all back right away. . .and creep back into the game. We were staying away from the zone in the second half. We went man-to-man. But things kept snowballing against us. I am pleased we didn't back off."

The key for the Knights (5-0) was the strong inside game of Sue Wicks, a 6-foot-3 senior forward. Wicks scored a game-high 34 points, including 24 in the first half, and got 16 rebounds.

Maryland was without one of its leaders, junior guard Deanna Tate, who fouled out with 12:54 left in the game. Tate, who was averaging 15.8 points and six rebounds, had 11 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes. Maryland was led by junior forward Vicky Bullett, who scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds, both team highs.

"I was concerned with maintaining the concentration we had in the first half," said Rutgers Coach Theresa Grentz. "We were patient, but in the second half we did not run our offense . . . we didn't rebound the ball."

Rutgers outrebounded Maryland, 43-35. However, the Terrapins were stronger in the second half. Also, four three-pointers in the second half -- three by freshman guard Carla Holmes and the other by senior guard Lisa Brown -- were critical to Maryland's comeback attempt.

Rutgers shot 49.2 percent from the field. Maryland was good on 44.4 percent, up from 39.3 percent in the first half.

Clarissa Davis led Texas (8-0) with 29 points and 15 rebounds.

Dee Dee Deeken scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Fighting Illini (5-2).

American 62, Lehigh 56:

Trailing most of the game, the Eagles went ahead to stay, 54-52, on a basket by Kia Cooper with 4:28 remaining in a quarterfinal game of the La Salle Invitational in Philadelphia. American's Beth Shearer scored 26 points and made a tournament-record 18 consecutive free throws. Cooper finished with 16 points.

The Eagles (2-7) will play Northeastern Tuesday at 3.