UVa Falls To Sixth-Ranked Maryland In ACC Quarterfinals
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Virginia women’s basketball team fell to sixth-ranked and third-seeded Maryland, 70-58, in the quarterfinals of the 2012 ACC Tournament on Friday (March 2) at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Virginia, the No. 6 seed at the tournament, now has an overall record of 22-10. The loss snapped a four-game Cavalier winning streak. Maryland improved to 26-4 overall and advanced to the semifinals.
Senior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) scored 19 points and Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) added 16 points.
Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) finished with nine points.
The Terps dominated on the glass and from behind the arc to avoid the upsets that claimed the league’s top two seeds earlier in the day. Maryland, which leads the ACC and ranks second nationally with a +14.2 rebounding margin, out-rebounded Virginia 48-23. The Terrapins made 7-of-10 3-pointers, led by freshman Brene Moseley’s 3-for-4 performance from long distance (and 13 overall points).
Virginia trailed 40-20 at halftime.
Virginia finished the game 22-for-63 from the field for a 34.9 shooting percentage. Maryland was 24-for-50 from the field (48 percent).
The field for the 2012 NCAA Tournament will be announced on Monday, March 12.
• Maryland improved to 47-25 all-time in the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Terrapins’ victory total is the second-most behind North Carolina’s 55 wins.
• The Terrapins ended a two-game tournament losing streak, having fallen in the 2011 quarterfinals to Georgia Tech and the 2010 semifinals to Duke. Under Coach Brenda Frese, the Terrapins have a 12-8 tournament record and one championship (2009). Overall, Maryland has won nine tournament titles, but the first eight came between 1978 and 1989.
• Maryland leads the tournament series with Virginia 7-5.
• Virginia’s all-time tournament record is 34-32, including 20-12 in the quarterfinal round.
• The Terrapins outrebounded the Cavaliers 48-23. For the season, they are beating their opponents by an average of 14.6 rebounds per game. That figure ranks second nationally this year and will be an ACC record if it stands. The existing conference mark is the plus-14.3 average by the 2007 Terrapins.
• Friday’s final quarterfinal contrasted with the first three, all of which were decided by seven or fewer points. This becomes the fourth ACC Tournament with three or more quarterfinals decided by seven or fewer points. The previous occurrences: 2010, 2005 and 1983.
• Friday’s game represented the first ACC Tournament meeting of Terrapins and Cavaliers in 17 years. The Terps claimed a 68-46 win in the 1995 quarterfinals. The clubs faced off in 11 of the first 18tournaments before the relative unfamiliarity.
• The time span between meetings was the second-longest among any two conference members in that time. The only longer gap is between Clemson and Wake Forest, which met for the first and only time so far in 1981.
• The Terps set a new program record for three-point field goal percentage in an ACC Tournament contest, going 7-for-10 from behind the arc. The previous record was 60 percent (3 of 5) in the 1994 quarterfinals.