Maryland women top Virginia 70-66 win puts Terps atop ACC

January 21, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- The three senior regulars on the Virginia women's basketball team have never missed a Final Four, and as such, should be the players who come up big in clutch situations.

Yet, last night, Maryland's three seniors -- Katrina Colleton, Malissa Boles and Jessie Hicks -- with not a lick of championship game exposure, were the ones to seize the moment, as they NTC powered the Terps to a 70-66 win over the Cavaliers.

Colleton scored 18 of her 20 points in the first half to get the Terps going, and Boles made a clutch shot on the run in the lane with 36 seconds left to give No. 5 Maryland a one-point lead over the 10th-ranked Cavaliers.

And Hicks, who scored a game-high 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, got the key rebound with 5.7 seconds left to help nail down the win before a crowd of 7,198, the second-largest in Maryland women's history.

The second half fairly resembled a heavyweight prize fight, with each team landing and taking punches and counterpunches. That was to be expected from two teams whose last three meetings were decided by a total of seven points.

In the end, Maryland was left standing in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

"It was a typical Maryland-Virginia game," Maryland coach Chris Weller said. "It was kind of a fun game to be a part of. We're getting used to being in this situation."

The Terps (12-2, 4-1 in the ACC) nearly squandered an eight-point halftime lead, not to mention their failure to take advantage of foul trouble to Virginia senior centers Heather and Heidi Burge.

But the Cavaliers (11-4, 3-2) had four chances to tie or take the lead in the last 30 seconds, but could not convert. In the crucial sequence, Virginia missed four shots inside of 12 feet, including two layups -- any one of which would have given it the lead.

"I was disappointed in the way we checked out in the second half. We have to do a better job of that," Virginia coach Debbie Ryan said.

Boles converted a three-point play on a tough drive across the lane to give Maryland a 67-66 lead with 36 seconds left.

Said Boles: "I was looking for Jessie to go inside. They [Cavaliers] kind of slacked off. I saw a big hole. I said, 'Well, it's either now or never.' "

The Cavaliers, who made a gritty run to start the half, however, couldn't get the ball down. Senior guard Dena Evans missed a drive. Then, Heather Burge missed a 12-foot follow on the rebound.

Virginia's Charleata Beale gathered in the rebound, but missed the shot. Finally, Maryland's Bonnie Rimkus blocked Amy Lofstedt's shot, and Hicks gathered in the loose ball and was fouled.

Virginia had one last try after Hicks missed her free throw with five seconds left.

But Beale mishandled a pass, and it ticked off her leg out of bounds.

Colleton was nothing short of brilliant in the first half, pouring in 18 points, making two blocks and throwing in a few dazzling moves to boot.

Generally speaking, Colleton was the answer for virtually everything Virginia tried in the opening half. For instance, when Heather Burge hit a turnaround with 12:31 left, Colleton came right back with a 16-footer on the right wing to tie the score at 12.

When Kristen Somogyi blew by Lena Patterson with a pretty head and shoulder fake for a layup, Colleton hit a pull-up jumper at the foul line to give Maryland a 19-18 lead with 8:27 left.

But Colleton wasn't finished. On the strength of two baskets and two foul shots from Michele Andrew, the Terps extended their lead to eight with 4:03 left in the half.

VIRGINIA -- Burge 2-6 0-0 4, Beale 1-7 6-6 8, Burge 9-15 2-3 20, Evans 5-13 1-3 11, Boucek 3-5 0-0 6, Somogyi 1-2 0-0 2, Lofstedt 2-14 1-1 5, Palmer 5-9 0-1 10. Totals 28-71 9-11 66.

MARYLAND -- Andrew 4-10 4-6 12, Camper 0-1 0-0 0, Hicks 9-13 3-6 21, Colleton 9-16 2-3 20, Boles 3-12 5-5 11, Patterson 1-1 0-0 2, Rimkus 2-7 0-0 4, Adams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-60 14-20 70.

Halftime--Maryland, 36-28. 3-point goals--UVA 1-7 (Evans 1-3, Lofstedt 0-4); MD 0-1 (Colleton 0-1). Rebounds--UVA 44 (Beale 12); MD 35 (Hicks 10). Assists--UVA 14 (Beale 4); MD 14 (Rimkus 4). Total fouls--UVA 20; MD 15. Fouled out--Palmer. Technicals--none. A--7,198.

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