TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A group of Florida State students, clad in gold T-shirts with red Superman logos splashed across the front, started harassing Kristi Toliver during warm-ups and even moved from one end of the court to the other to ensure that the Maryland senior guard could hear their taunts when she was on offense.
But Toliver silenced them in the end with a dagger of a shot at the buzzer. Less than five seconds earlier, the 15th-ranked Seminoles had taken a two-point lead on a put-back by a freshman reserve. But Toliver flew down the floor and launched an off-balance three-pointer from the right side. The ball splashed through the hoop, Toliver kept her hands in the air as the buzzer sounded and the students - who only moments earlier had been celebrating - recoiled in shock. Once the officials double-checked the replay and certified 13th-ranked Maryland's 72-71 victory, the Terrapins danced at center court.
Maryland (17-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) handed Florida State (18-5, 6-1) its first league loss, before an announced 2,885 inside the Tucker Center.
Whitney Hand matched her career high with 20 points for the Sooners (19-2) in Oklahoma City.
Shekinna Stricklen scored 19 for the Lady Vols (16-5).
MOUNT ST. MARY'S 70, QUINNIPIAC 64:: Brianna Gauthier (St. Mary's) tied a career high with 21 points to help the Mount (9-12, 4-7 Northeast) upset the host Bobcats (12-8, 6-5).
: SALISBURY 76, ST. MARY'S 59:: The Sea Gulls (5-15, 5-6 Capital Athletic) dominated the boards against the visiting Seahawks (6-13, 4-7).
Salisbury, led by junior Kylie Hall's 18 rebounds, out-rebounded St. Mary's 47-28.
HOOD 69, GALLAUDET 56:: Jen Willison led the host Blazers (4-16, 2-9 CAC) with 20 points.
WESLEY 54, STEVENSON 49:: The Wolverines (12-7, 8-2 CAC) used a 17-4 run to erase a seven-point deficit against the visiting Mustangs (4-16, 2-9).
ST. MARY'S 79, SALISBURY 64:: The Seahawks (16-4, 9-2 CAC) used a 9-2 run in the first half en route to beating the host Sea Gulls (9-11, 6-5).
WESLEY 91, STEVENSON 64:: The visiting Wolverines (14-5, 10-0 CAC) made eight three-pointers and shot 55.7 percent from the field in their win over the Mustangs (5-15, 4-7)
Off the court
AP women's poll: : Connecticut, the lone unbeaten team at 21-0, was a unanimous No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for the 10th straight week.
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