Tar Heels Defeat Terrapins in Double Overtime
Maryland's Crystal Langhorne scored 23 points and 2 rebounds and needs just 2 more points to cross the 2,000 point threshold. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box File Photo
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The #4 ranked Maryland Terrapins Women's Basketball team fell to conference challenger #3 North Carolina in double overtime this afternoon in front of 7,914 fans at Carmichael Auditorium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Laura Harper and Marissa Coleman both scored double-doubles, but the Tar Heel bench depth was too much for the Terrapins in the closing 3 minutes of double overtime.

"Someone told me a long time ago going on the road in the ACC was going to be real tough and we saw it first hand today," remarked Maryland Assistant Coach Daron Park.  "I thought we showed great composure from the opening tip, getting down early and keeping our heads about us and battling back."

Maryland fell to an early 10 point deficit in the first 10 minutes of play as the Terrapins seemed to be shell shocked by the Tar Heel defense.  The Heels played a trap defense on Toliver on nearly every possession, forcing her to pass to Harper or Coleman near midcourt. Crystal Langhorne also struggled in the early going.

The officiating in the first half left the Tar Heels without a single free throw, but that turned around in the second.  Maryland managed to battle back to within 4 points in the first half and closed to within 2 before heading into half time.

But free throws by the Heels left the Terrapins grasping for solutions to stop the Carolina advance.  Despite being up by 4 with less than 10 minutes to play in the game, the Terrapins committed several key turnovers in the closing quarter of the game.

Maryland had far fewer field goal chances in the first half than the Tar Heels (28 to 41), but was slightly more effective from close range  (42.9% vs 41.5%).  The Terp's 3 point shooting in the first half was unusually cold and the Terps only managed 1 out of 10 attempts.

Maryland and Carolina took nearly the same number of attempts in the second half, but Maryland was far more effective than the Heels. Maryland went 15-34 (44.1%) while Carolina dropped to an uncharacteristically low 10-31 (32.3%).  The difference between the Terps and the Tar Heels in the second half came down to free throws. In the first half Maryland was offered 12 free throw attempts and converted on 8 of them while the Tar Heels did not go to the stripe once.  In the second half the Tar Heels were offered 22 shots and converted on 13 of them, while the Terps only sunk 5 of 9 free throws. In overtime the margin increased, with Maryland only shooting 2 free throws while Carolina made 12 of 16 attempts.

The most notable story to take away from the Maryland game this afternoon was Crystal Langhorne's performance.  Despite the loss, Langhorne scored 23 points.  She is now 2 points shy of reaching the 2,000 point plateau.  No other Maryland players in the history of the program have crossed the 2,000 point threshold, and only 15 other ACC players in the history of the conference have achieved the 2k accomplishment.

Maryland returns home to College Park to await the Miami Hurricanes on Thursday evening at 7pm.  The game will be televised on ACC Select.