Heels fall, Terps show their strength
That’s it. There’s no one left – neither men’s nor women’s. The last remaining undefeated team fell last night as the UNC women lost 68-65 to Maryland in overtime.
The No. 6 Terrapins will inevitably move up in the polls as they conquered the No. 1 and as Tennessee, No. 5, lost to LSU last night as well. As for the Heels, well … they might be able to keep their top spot in the polls since they beat Duke earlier in the season.
The Tar Heels led by 10 at halftime, but point guard Ivory Latta had picked up three fouls with more than seven minutes left in the first half. Latta still managed to finish with 21 points and teammate Camille Little contributed 24. Erlana Larkins put on quite a show as well, with 17 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and three steals – all within 32 minutes. Larkins and Alex Miller both left the game with injuries.
Despite the seemingly good statistics of the Carolina players, they struggled at the foul line and shooting 13 for 27 and committed 25 turnovers. One of those missed free-throws by Latta allowed Maryland’s Ashleigh Newman to take possession and hit a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.
Come overtime, Latta had another chance to put her team ahead. After making a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left to bring the Heels within one point, she missed a final 3-pointer at the buzzer. She claimed she was fouled, but the officials said it was all ball.
You have to hand it to the Terrapins. They have received very little attention this year despite proving how strong they are. Their only losses this season were against Tennessee and Duke, and come next Monday, they may have a chance to avenge the Duke loss at Cameron Indoor. They have three players averaging 15 points or more (Crystal Langhorne, Shay Doron and Marissa Coleman) and four players averaging nearly six or more rebounds a game.
They’re tough. Watch out Duke.