WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25
UNC rallies for win
Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 12:50 a.m.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Coretta Brown hit a driving layup at the buzzer as No. 7 North Carolina rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half to defeat Maryland 83-82 Monday night.
Nikita Bell scored a career-high 30 points for the Tar Heels (17-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed 55-44 early in the second half and 79-74 with 1:58 left.
Chrissy Fisher had 20 points, Renneika Razor 19 and Terri Daniels 18 for the Terrapins (8-11, 2-6). Razor put Maryland up 82-81 with a driving layup with nine seconds left, and she was fouled on the play.
Razor missed the free throw, setting the stage for Brown's game-winner from the left side of the lane.
Down 79-74, the Tar Heels pulled even with 1:25 remaining on a 3-pointer by Brown and two free throws by Bell. After a Maryland miss, Bell made a layup to put North Carolina up, but the lead wouldn't last.
Brown finished with 17 points, as did teammate Candace Sutton.
Coming off a 101-52 loss to top-ranked Duke, the Terrapins played much better against the Tar Heels, but still lost their fourth straight.
After blowing an 11-point lead, Maryland used successive 3-pointers by Fisher to go up 67-62. It was 71-68 when Sutton fouled out with 5:04 left, raising the Terrapins' hopes for an upset.
The Tar Heels entered with a plus-12.1 rebounding differential - the best mark in the nation - but Maryland collected nine offensive rebounds and held a 22-19 edge on the boards in taking a 43-37 halftime lead.
North Carolina scored the first eight points and led 18-12 before Maryland's Vicki Brick hit a short jumper to spark a 12-3 run that included two 3-pointers by Fisher.
After the Tar Heels took a 31-30 lead, the Terrapins closed the half with a 13-6 run, including a layup by Razor at the buzzer.
Getting 3-pointers from Daniels and Fisher, Maryland used a 12-7 burst at the outset of the second half to go up by 11.
The Lady Techsters (15-2) won their 13th in a row. They have won 141 straight games against unranked opponents.
Aarica Ray had 14 points and eight rebounds for Louisiana Tech. Erica Smith added 13 points, Amber Obaze had 12 and Toya George 11.
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