No. 4 Maryland Needs Double OT To Top Georgia Tech, 99-95

Maryland only got two bench points in win

Jan. 20, 2008

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -Crystal Langhorne had 31 points and 15 rebounds, and Marissa Coleman scored Maryland's first five points in the second overtime to carry the fourth-ranked Terrapins to a harrowing 99-95 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday.

Laura Harper scored 24 and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds for Maryland (22-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Terrapins overcame 25 turnovers to earn their 12th straight win in a game that featured 23 lead changes and 18 ties.

Alex Montgomery scored 26 and Janie Mitchell and Iasia Hemingway had 20 apiece for the Yellow Jackets (16-3, 3-2).

Coleman started the second overtime with a basket, but Jacqua Williams answered with a 3-pointer for Georgia Tech to make it 95-94. After Coleman sank three free throws, Mitchell misfired before Langhorne clinched it by making two free throws with 4.1 seconds to go.

Coleman finished with 24 points in 49 minutes. She went 11-for-12 at the foul line, and Maryland finished with 36-for-44. Georgia Tech made only half its 12 free throws.

The Yellow Jackets had the last shot in regulation and in the first overtime, yet failed to connect on both occasions.

In regulation, Mitchell sank a 3-pointer under pressure to tie it at 82 with 10 seconds to go. Then, after a Maryland turnover, Williams' jumper bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

The Terrapins made only two baskets in the final eight minutes of regulation but had 13 points at the foul line.

Georgia Tech scored the first six points in the initial overtime, but a 3-pointer by Coleman and a three-point play by Langhorne brought Maryland back. It was 92-all before Coleman missed a 3-point try, and Williams was fouled getting the rebound. But she botched the front end of a 1-and-1 with 1.6 seconds left.

Maryland trailed 43-40 early in the second half before Langhorne made a layup and Marah Strickland connected from beyond the arc to spark a 13-3 run that put the Terrapins up 53-46.


 

 

But Georgia Tech wouldn't crumble. Williams made a layup and Montgomery followed with seven straight points to put the Yellow Jackets back in front. Hemingway then stole the ball from Kristi Toliver at midcourt and drove in for a layup to cap the 11-point spree.

The Terrapins followed with four straight free throws to tie the game for the 12th time.

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