Terps top Va. Tech, 68-60, in OT

Maryland set to face Florida on Tuesday

Women's NIT

March 19, 2000|By Blair Lovern | Blair Lovern,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The Maryland women's basketball team is getting the hang of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

Maryland knocked off Virginia Tech, 68-60, in overtime last night before 2,524, and advanced to the Elite Eight in its first trip to the WNIT.

The Terps will play Florida in Gainesville on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

"This was the biggest win we've had all year," said Maryland coach Chris Weller. "A lot of people talk about how earlier in the season we beat Duke at Duke, but this was really an important win."

It was the first overtime win for Maryland (16-14) since Feb. 12, 1998. Maryland took an interesting route to the extra period this time.

With the game tied at 54 and a little more than five seconds left in regulation, the Terps grabbed possession.

But freshman Renneika Razor thought there was so little time left on the clock that she lobbed the ball from three-quarters court as her stunned teammates watched. The ball bounced out of bounds, and the Hokies took control. Virginia Tech's Amy Wetzel couldn't move the ball down the court and time ran out.

"I just didn't realize how much time was left," Razor said.

In overtime, Maryland went to DeeDee Warley inside. The 6-foot-2 forward scored six points, and was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. For the game, Warley led Maryland with 24 points and eight rebounds.

"I just posted up like I usually do and got the ball and scored," Warley said. "But I didn't want to be the only one on the team who scored, though."

Three other Terps scored in double figures -- Marche Strickland (14), Tiffany Brown (10) and Razor (10).

Virginia Tech (20-11) committed three turnovers in overtime, and Maryland went on a 10-2 run to end the game.

Maryland took command early, leading by as many as 15 points before the half. The Terps went on a 23-10 run at one point, as their inside game dominated Virginia Tech. They went into halftime with a 30-20 lead.

"We want to take advantage of every moment and just try to play another game," Weller said. "We're a young team, and we've grown a lot this season."

MARYLAND -- Warley 9-12 6-7 24, Melbourne 2-4 0-0 4, Brown 3-5 2-2 10, Brick 2-4 2-2 6, Strickland 5-18 3-5 14, Daniels 0-0 0-0 0, Razor 4-9 2-4 10, Gabriel 0-1 0-0 0, Bogunovic 0-0 0-0 0. totals 25-53 15-20 68.

VIRGINIA TECH -- Jones 2-6 0-2 4, Seaver 0-1 0-0 0, Owings 1-2 0-2 2, Starling 3-11 3-4 9, Wetzel 8-18 2-3 19, Lipton 0-0 0-0 0, Hicks 2-6 0-0 4, Williams 8-12 6-17 22, Strother 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-56 11-18 60.

Half--Maryland, 30-20. End of regulation--54-54. 3-point goals--M 3-9 (Brown 2-4, Strickland 1-5); VT 1-9 (Wetzel 1-4, Starling 0-2, Hicks 0-3). Rebounds--M 29 (Warley 8); VT 32 (Jones 10). Assists--M 5 (Brown 3); VT 14 (Starling 5). Total fouls--M 16, VT 19. A--2,524.

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