North Carolina upends Maryland for first conference win, 0) 64-61
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The University of Maryland (15-10, 8-4) was upset by North Carolina (11-13, 1-10) in an Atlantic Coast Conference game yesterday, 64-61, before 2,753 at Carmichael Auditorium.
A three-point goal by Leigh Waddell at the halftime buzzer turned out to be the winning margin, as both teams scored 32 in the second half. Earlier, Carolina had jumped out to a 15-2 lead, but Maryland rallied to tie it with 17 seconds left in the half.
The Terps, who have lost two straight and play No. 1 Virginia on Wednesday, could not get control in the second half, as the Tar Heels used a solid half-court defense and avoided mistakes. Senior center Kim Oden provided the offense with 16 of her game-high 18 points, plus all eight of her game-high rebounds.
Ana Marjanovic hit six of eight from the field and scored 16 to lead Maryland. Bonnie Rimkus and Katrina Colleton added 12 apiece. The Terps shot 50 percent in climbing back into the game, then went 12-for-35 after halftime. Both teams shot 40 percent for the game, and Maryland had a 44-33 rebound margin.
Hofstra 69, Towson State 60
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Freshman Monica Morgan scored a game-high 21, as Hofstra University (2-23, 1-9) ended a 15-game losing streak with an East Coast Conference triumph over Towson State (7-16, 3-7).
Hofstra pulled away from a 33-30 halftime lead and went up by as many as 13 in the second half.
Senior Leslie Schlegel had 20 rebounds to improve on her ECC-leading average of 12.1, and Tonya Yandrisevitz added 19 points, getting 15 of them on 5-for-10 three-point shooting.
Guard Tara Rottet had 25 points for Towson State, which dressed only eight players as the result of injuries.
UMBC 67, Rider 59
Four players had a hand in the University of Maryland Baltimore County's 10-0 start, and the Retrievers were not challenged seriously the rest of the way. The win enabled UMBC (16-9, 8-2) to regain a share of first place with Delaware in the East Coast Conference. Rider (11-14, 8-3) dropped a half-game behind.
Missy Quille led UMBC with 19, trailed by Felice Pinkney with 12 and Angel Webb with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Debbie Snyder had 17 points for Rider.
The Retrievers built a 33-16 halftime lead, stretching it to 49-28 with 14:25 left. Rider sliced it to 51-40 with 10 minutes remaining, and to 62-56 inside of the final minute before Quille and Webb shot the home team out of danger at the foul line.
First-place South Carolina State (17-8, 10-2) dominated Morgan State (5-18, 3-9) in shooting and rebounding and coasted to a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory at Hill Field House.
Dedrina Steele, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, led the winners with 20 points and 12 rebounds, followed by 6-foot Keshia Campbell with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Two other 6-footers came off the bench for the league-leaders. The Bulldogs shot 43 percent from the field to 28 for Morgan State and had a 55-48 rebound edge. Tracy Lewis was the top scorer for Morgan with eight points.
Mount 80, FDU 62
HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Junior center Vanessa Blair scored 29 and pulled down nine rebounds to lead Mount St. Mary's (15-8, 10-4) to a runaway Northeast Conference win over Fairleigh Dickinson (8-14, 5-7). The Mount enters the last week of action one game behind first-place Monmouth in the NEC standings.
The visitors made 14 of their first 22 shots and led, 33-16, after a basket by Melanie Bell with 6:03 left in the half. Blair had 10 points through the game's first 12 minutes to lead the surge. It was 39-29 at the half.
The Knights drew within 43-39 at 16:06, but Mount St. Mary's took off on another run to put the game away. Maggie Meagher scored 12, and Bell and Diana Matula each had 10 for the winners. Felicia Griffin led FDU with 15.
Notre Dame 73, Gallaudet 68
The College of Notre Dame (9-12) used a zone defense in the second half to force visiting Gallaudet to shoot from outside, then combined superior rebounding (a final 55-44 edge) with better shooting to beat the Washington school (12-13). The result of the change was an 18-6 run to pull away from a halftime tie at 32. Toyah Houck led Notre Dame with 24 points and 21 rebounds, and Beth Beall added 16, including six in the second-half spurt. Connie Franks scored 30 for Gallaudet, including 10-for-10 at the foul line.
York 78, Goucher 58
Jamie Floyd's 28 topped three scorers in the 20s for York (11-10). Goucher (10-10), which received 20 points from Renie Amoss and 17 points and 16 rebounds from Jennifer pTC Kammueller, was within 42-35 at the half, then shot only 17.5 percent from the field in the second half.
CU 100, St. Mary's 36
WASHINGTON -- Tawanna King scored a school-record 37 to lead Catholic University (9-16). Leslie Anthony had 12 points and 18 rebounds for St. Mary's (1-19).
All.-Pitt 70, Essex CC 41
PITTSBURGH -- Melissa Balog had 11 points for Essex Community College (5-22) at CC Allegheny-Pittsburgh (19-1).
Western Md. canceled
WESTMINSTER -- Western Maryland's season ended earlier than scheduled when the game at Elizabethtown was canceled. Elizabethtown defeated Lycoming on Thursday to pull into a second-place tie with Juniata in the Middle Atlantic Conference-Northwest, necessitating a playoff yesterday between the two teams to determine the section's second representative in this week's conference playoffs.
Western Maryland, which had just eight players for most of the season, won its last two games to finish 11-12. It was the Green Terrors' seventh consecutive campaign with at least 10 wins.