Virginia Upends No. 11 Maryland, 60-57
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – The Virginia women’s basketball team upset 11th-ranked Maryland, 60-57, on the road Sunday at Comcast Center. Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) led all scorers with 17 points, while Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) added 13 points – including two free throws in the final seconds that sealed the victory for UVa.
The win, the second-consecutive for the Cavaliers, improved UVa’s record to 15-12 overall and 4-7 ACC play. It was Virginia’s first win over a ranked opponent since defeating then-No. 21 TCU at the Paradise Jam on Nov. 27.
The loss dropped Maryland’s record to 20-5 overall, 6-4 in conference play and 11-2 at home.
The Terrapins (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) led 55-52 with 3 minutes left before Moorer scored on a drive, Simone Egwu (Odenton, Md.) added a layup and Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) hit a jumper in the lane to make it 58-55.
After Anjale Barrett scored for Maryland, Edwards made two foul shots for the Cavaliers with 11.2 seconds left. Barrett then launched a 3-point attempt under pressure that bounced off the backboard an instant before the final buzzer sounded.
Franklin finished with 11 points for Virginia.
Alyssa Thomas scored 14 for Maryland. It was the second-straight loss for the Terrapins, who shot 39 percent and committed 17 turnovers.
The Terrapins won the first game between the teams last month in overtime, and the rematch was similarly close.
A three-point play by Alicia DeVaughn put Maryland up 28-27 with 16:17 left, its first lead since 1-0. The Terps expanded the margin to six points, but Virginia promptly went on an 11-4 run to move back in front.
Neither team led by more than four points the rest of the way.
The Terrapins had more turnovers (nine) than baskets (eight) in falling behind 25-23 at halftime.
Maryland got off to a horrid start, missing nine of its first 10 shots and committing four turnovers. The Cavaliers also had trouble finding the basket, however, and led 8-3 with nine minutes elapsed.
After a 3-pointer by Edwards made it 17-7, Maryland’s Diandra Tchatchouang connected twice from beyond the arc during a 16-6 spurt that tied it.