WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest's Nicole Levesque hit a three-pointer with 16 seconds remaining last night to give the Demon Deacons their biggest win in women's basketball history, a 67-65 ACC upset of No. 7 Maryland.
With the score tied at 61, Levesque made the front end of a one-and-one with 1:07 remaining to give Wake its first lead in more than 12 minutes. Maryland's Katrina Colleton countered with two free throws for a 63-62 Terrapin lead with 58 seconds left.
Wake called time to set up a driving lay-up by Levesque that put the Deacons back in front, 64-63 with 41 seconds to play.
Maryland's Jessie Hicks made two more free throws to give the Terps a 65-64 lead with 27 seconds to go.
Levesque's winning three-pointer, the Deacons' eighth compared with none for Maryland, came from the left side behind a double screen on Lena Patterson by Wake's Tracy Connor and Laura Coakley.
But Levesque wasn't through. At the Maryland end, Colleton rushed a jumper that bounded long. Levesque, at 5 feet 4 the smallest player on either team, wrestled for control of the ball from the 6-4 Hicks. Time expired before a jump ball could be called.
Wake Forest (12-5 overall, 4-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) won for only the third time in 29 games against the Terps. Maryland (14-4, 6-3) fell out of second place in the ACC and now trails North Carolina and Virginia, which have two losses each.
Maryland was the highest-ranked opponent the Wake women ever have defeated, prompting a post-game romp on the court by fans reminiscent of the men's upset of North Carolina three days earlier. The fans last night, however, numbered just 953.
"This means we're on the right track," said Wake first-year head coach Karen Freeman. Last year the Deacons were 10-18 overall, 1-15 in the league.
"I've known all year we're an intelligent team," Freeman said. "If we can stay fundamentally sound and make good decisions for 40 minutes, we can play with anyone."
Maryland's loss marks the first time the Terps have lost back-to-back games on Tobacco Road since 1987, when Maryland finished 15-14.
"Wake Forest played a good game," said Maryland coach Chris Weller. "They dominated us on the inside. Our inside game has been struggling for the last several weeks. Everybody's been talking about our inside game, but I think we better start talking about some of our opponents."
Hicks played only the first five minutes of the first half, even though she wasn't in foul trouble, and then came back to play the final 15 minutes. Maryland finished the game with a lineup that included Hicks, 6-4 Bonnie Rimkus and 6-3 Monica Adams, but what the Terps gained in interior position, they gave up in ballhandling and shooting accuracy.