MD-UNC: Tar-rific Finish

By Jeff Lippman - March 03, 2007

With a minute to go, after a Latta steal and lay up and the Heels up 71-67, Shay Doron came back in.

Her heart and determination knows no limit. She is the definition of competitor.

But the Heels have Latta, no less intense, no less competitive.

Doron had an open look at a three, but LaToya Pringle came out of Chapel Hill to get a piece of it, a la Hakim Warrick for Syracuse when they won the national championship. With 32.3 remaining, Maryland fouled Latta, who drained both to up the Carolina lead to 73-67.

Kristi Toliver dribbled down court on the ensuing possession and pulled up for a quick three that fell just short of the rim. Alex Miller grabbed the rebound and was fouled and hit both shots.

Maryland is giving it all they have, but that doesn't look to be enough on this day.

After a Langhorne lay in and a Camille Little free throw, Kristi Toliver nailed another big three pointer to bring the Tar Heel lead down to four, 76-72.

Latta hit two more big free throws with just over seven seconds remaining.

An Ashleigh Newman three-point miss later, North Carolina wins and advances to meet the Wolfpack.

It was another excellent game in ACC country. After two days of blowouts, the drama was not in short supply on this afternoon.

Leading the way for the Tar Heels was--who else?--Ivory Latta, who finished with 19 points and five assists. Jessica Breland came up big with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting. LaToya Pringle had the block of her career on Doron. Erlana Larkins played great with 12 points and 10 boards.

You just can't say enough about the Tar Heels effort. But you can't say enough about the Terps' either.

Led by Marissa Coleman's 18 points and eight boards, the Terps never gave up. I still say that Maryland woke up during this one and they'll make a deep run in the NCAA tournament, but for now, it's the Tar Heels and Wolfpack tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. for all the marbles in Greensboro.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 06:33 PM on March 03, 2007

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