CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Marissa Coleman has always prided herself on the proficient way she shoots free throws. But she has struggled at times from the line this season, and after she missed more free throws than she made against North Carolina State last week, she put up hundreds of shots on her own time.
The extra work - 200 free throws on her day off, and 50 to 100 shots on the days the Terrapins had practice - paid off in 11th-ranked Maryland's 85-81 victory over Boston College last night at Conte Forum. Coleman converted all 10 free throws she took, including four in the final 30 seconds as the dozens of girls in the announced crowd of 1,522 shrieked at the tops of their lungs.
The Terrapins (19-4, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) had five players score in double figures, but they leaned heavily on their two senior leaders, Coleman (23 points) and Kristi Toliver (19 points), down the stretch.
"They just continue to put this team on their back," coach Brenda Frese said. "I thought they did a phenomenal job keeping us composed, having great confidence in their teammates."
The Terrapins have fond memories of playing in the Boston area; the city, after all, was the site of their most memorable victory - the 78-75 overtime win over Duke in the 2006 NCAA final. Maryland is also 8-0 all time against the Eagles. Said Toliver: "Boston is my favorite place to come. I wish we could play here every game."
The Eagles (17-7, 5-4) shot 52.3 percent from the field, with Carolyn Swords (who leads the country in field goal percentage) scoring 19 points on 9-for-13 shooting.
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