UM women slip by Virginia, 63-60

THE BALTIMORE SUN

COLLEGE PARK - The Maryland women's basketball team didn't breathe easy until the final buzzer sounded.

Virginia freshman guard Takisha Granberry couldn't corral a loose ball to take a potential game-tying three-point attempt with 1.5 seconds left, and the No. 16 Terps managed to give 4,742 fans a 63-60 win at the Comcast Center last night.

Maryland (13-3 overall, 3-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) improved to 9-0 at home and followed a road loss with a victory at home for the second time this season.

The Terps, who upended then-No. 5 North Carolina on Jan. 9 after losing at Virginia Tech, dropped a 95-91 overtime decision at Florida State on Sunday.

Maryland won despite missing 16 of 33 free throws and committing 23 turnovers. The Cavaliers committed just 11 turnovers.

"I think I would've preferred getting my teeth drilled by the dentist," Terps coach Brenda Frese said jokingly to begin her post-game conference. "It was a tough night, but they kept their composure, and they were able to pull out what was not a pretty game tonight."

Maryland led 60-53 after sophomore guard Shay Doron made a jumper with 1:12 left in the fourth quarter, but it couldn't widen the gap against the Cavaliers (13-5, 3-2). After senior guard LaTonya Blue (St. Frances) and Granberry hit back-to-back baskets, the Terps missed three of six attempts from the free-throw line.

A layup by freshman guard Sharnee Zoll (13 points and six assists) cut the deficit to 63-59, and sophomore center Siedah Williams was fouled with 1.5 seconds left.

Williams made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second. Blue (11 points, four rebounds) tapped the ball back to Granberry (13 points), but she couldn't handle the pass and the clock expired.

Doron led all scorers with 21 points but reinjured a strained right shoulder at the 10:29 mark of the fourth quarter when she and Granberry collided after Doron grabbed a defensive rebound.

Doron, who sat out for about five minutes during which Virginia enjoyed an 8-3 run to tie the game at 45, scored 10 points in the final 5:23 of the game.

"I just have to play through it," said Doron, who injured the shoulder at Georgia Tech a week ago. "If I can't shoot, I can do other things. Hopefully, I can contribute in other ways."

Freshman center Crystal Langhorne had 16 points and 17 rebounds, and sophomore guard Kalika France posted 14 points and eight rebounds.

"I just felt like we never got on track tonight," Virginia coach Debbie Ryan said. "I'd like to say that was because of Maryland's defense, but we missed a lot of easy shots early, and I think that got into our heads a little bit."

VIRGINIA - Blue 5-18 0-0 11, Logan-Friend 4-7 0-0 9, O'Reggio 0-2 0-0 0, Zoll 5-11 2-4 13, McGuire 1-6 0-0 3, Williams 2-8 1-2 5, Granberry 3-8 5-6 13, Teamer 1-3 0-0 2, Sardin 2-6 0-0 4, Kreager 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 23-74 8-12 60.

MARYLAND - Perry 1-8 0-0 2, Langhorne 6-10 4-10 16, Doron 7-11 6-11 21, France 5-13 3-4 14, Smith 0-2 2-6 2, Newman 0-3 0-0 0, Carr 0-1 2-2 2, Noirez 3-6 0-0 6, Gilchrest 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-54 17-33 63.

Halftime-Virginia 27, Maryland 26. 3-point goals-Virginia 6-22 (Granberry 2-5, McGuire 1-6, Blue 1-5, Zoll 1-4, Logan-Friend 1-1, Kreager 0-1), Maryland 2-4 (Doron 1-3, France 1-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Virginia 38 (Williams 11), Maryland 56 (Langhorne 17). Assists-Virginia 11 (Zoll 6), Maryland 13 (Smith 8). Total fouls-Virginia 23, Maryland 12. A-4,742.

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