UM women just miss upsetting Tar Heels

Up by 11 in second half, Terps fall to No. 7 UNC on shot at buzzer, 83-82

January 28, 2003|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese has lamented in recent weeks her team's inability to bounce back.

Her charges apparently listened last night, because they kept bouncing throughout their game against No. 7 North Carolina. The only thing the Terrapins couldn't answer was the 12-foot bank shot Coretta Brown hit at the buzzer that lifted the Tar Heels to an 83-82 victory at Comcast Center.

It would have been the school's first win over a top 10 opponent since a Feb. 27, 1998, victory over then-No. 7 North Carolina State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Despite the fourth straight defeat, the performance was vastly improved over what Maryland (8-11, 2-6 ACC) displayed in a 101-52 loss to top-ranked Duke five days ago.

"We had a decision to make: whether we were going to fold for the rest of the season or come back and compete," said Frese. "That shows what kind of winners we have to come back and battle the way we did for this game."

Not bad for a team that couldn't score for the game's first five minutes. The Terps recovered from that, getting two three-pointers apiece from Chrissy Fisher (team-high 20 points) and Terri Daniels, and 15 first-half points from Renneika Razor, while taking a 43-37 lead at the break.

"It was a blast," said Daniels, who finished with 18 points. "In the last two practices, we've worked on having more fun, just trying to get each other more excited and have more energy."

Maryland led by 11 points on Fisher's three with 16:24 left to play. Big deficits were no big deal for North Carolina (17-2, 6-1), which trailed by 15 to Western Michigan in the second half before winning Thursday.

Sure enough, the Tar Heels took a 60-59 lead on a basket at the 11:48 mark by Nikita Bell, who had a game-high 30 points.

Maryland had taken a 64-62 lead on a basket by Fisher and held on until the final minute. That's when Bell's layup put North Carolina ahead 81-79 with 47 seconds left. One free throw by Daniels and a layup by Razor (19 points) gave the Terps their final lead with 9.8 seconds left. Razor was fouled on the play, but she missed the free throw.

That left matters up to Brown, who finished with 17 points and sliced through the Maryland zone before launching her shot high off the glass.

"Coretta is an All-America player because of what she was able to do at the end of the game," said North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell.

NORTH CAROLINA - Thomas 1-4 0-0 2, Bell 12-19 6-7 30, Sutton 4-7 9-13 17, Brown 7-13 0-0 17, Atkinson 2-7 0-0 4, Metcalf 3-11 1-1 8, McBee 0-2 0-0 0, Baptist 1-4 0-0 2, Snell 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 31-67 17-23 83. MARYLAND - Razor 8-14 3-6 19, Ross 3-7 0-0 6, Oliver 4-16 0-0 8, Daniels 4-9 6-7 18, Brick 3-6 0-0 6, Carr 1-2 1-2 3, Smith 1-2 0-0 2, Fisher 7-10 0-0 20. Totals 31-66 10-15 82.

Half -Maryland 43, North Carolina 37. 3-Point goals-NCarolina 4-14 (Brown 3-7, Metcalf 1-4, Atkinson 0-1, McBee 0-1, Bell 0-1) Maryland 10-14 (Fisher 6-7, Daniels 4-7). Fouled out-Sutton, Oliver. Rebounds-NCarolina 37 (Bell 8), Maryland 39 (Daniels 7). Assists-NCarolina 17 (Metcalf 5), Maryland 22 (Daniels 8). Total fouls-NCarolina 18, Maryland 20. A-2,311.

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