Monday, March 9, 2009

LADY TERPS WIN ACC TOURNAMENT

The third-seeded Duke women had one final chance to match top-seeded Maryland in the finals of the ACC Tournament on Sunday afternoon, and their senior sharpshooter launched a long three-pointer from the left side. But Abby Waner's shot was off, and as Maryland freshman Lynetta Kizer cradled the rebound in her hands, the Terrapins started to celebrate a 92-89 overtime victory.

Maryland's two senior stars—Marissa Coleman (#25) and Kristi Toliver—who had made no secret of their desire to win the program's first ACC tournament championship since 1989 started to celebrate. Seconds later, when the game was officially over, balloons and streamers dropped onto the Greensboro Coliseum court.

Coleman scored 28 points and Toliver added 24. Both players were named to the all-tournament team, and Coleman was the tourney MVP.

Duke rallied from six points down over the final 80 seconds of regulation and sent the game into overtime on senior Chante Black's one-handed putback with less than three seconds on the clock.

Coleman and Toliver scored Maryland's first nine points of the extra period as the Terrapins took a 90-87 lead. Maryland broke Duke's pressure by throwing the ball over the top to redshirt freshman Kim Rodgers (12 points), and she went for a lay-up, was fouled and made both free throws with 12.9 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Maryland's Demauria Liles, left, and Marissa Coleman, right, remove the champions sign after their 92-89 overtime win over Duke in an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference women's tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, March 8, 2009.

(AP Photos/Chuck Burton)

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