RALEIGH, N.C. -- N.C. State's Tammy Gibson scored seven of her 25 points in the final three minutes, including a pair of clinching free throws with 17 seconds to play, lifting the Wolfpack to an 86-83 upset of third-ranked Maryland last night.
Gibson, a sophomore guard who was named the ACC Player of the Week for her career-high 30 points a week ago at Duke, converted a backcourt steal for two and then hit a three-pointer, as the Wolfpack (16-10, 7-8) overcame a 10-point deficit in the final four minutes.
"The game was lost in a 10-second stretch," said coach Chris Weller, whose Terps (22-4, 12-3) lost for the third time in their past five games.
The 10-second turnaround began when State's Rhonda Mapp, the ACC's top scorer and rebounder, hit a three-pointer to pull the Wolfpack within 81-77 with 3:05 to play. Gibson stole the inbounds pass and put it back up for an 81-79 game before Maryland could call time out with 2:56 remaining.
"I don't feel like we played poorly, but silly mistakes killed us," Weller said. "We're going to talk about this one a lot on the bus."
Malissa Boles, Maryland's leading scorer with 23, scored the Terps' last basket with 2:38 to play for an 83-79 lead. Gibson hit her fourth three-pointer of the game to make it 83-82 with 2:17 remaining.
Maryland got one shot before a layup by Teri Whyte gave the Wolfpack its first lead since 8:26 of the first half, 84-83 with 1:33 remaining.
The Terps got two more opportunities, but Limor Mizrachi stepped in the backcourt for a turnover -- the Terps' 24th, a season high -- and Boles was called for going over Gibson's back.
After Gibson's one-and-one, Mizrachi got off a desperation three-pointer, but Whyte rebounded for the Wolfpack.
Reynolds Coliseum fans poured on the court. State had outscored the Terps 15-2 in the final four minutes.
Since the Feb. 11 loss to Virginia, the Terps' two wins -- over Duke and Georgia Tech, teams they beat by more than 20 earlier in the season -- were by fewer than 10.
Maryland's loss assured No. 1 Virginia (13-1 in the ACC) a tie for the regular-season title. The Cavaliers could wrap it up tonight against No. 25 North Carolina.
Jesse Hicks, Maryland's Naismith Award finalist, got her fourth foul with 14:49 to play. She left the game and finished with a season-low six points and five rebounds in 18 minutes.