- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 5, 2008

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Down 21 points in the first half, Maryland’s upperclassmen took over.

Kristi Toliver scored 28 points, and No. 4 Maryland rallied to beat Virginia Tech 74-71 in overtime last night.

Crystal Langhorne scored 19 points and had 16 rebounds for the Terrapins (24-2, 8-1 ACC). Marissa Coleman had 17 points, and Laura Harper had eight points and 12 rebounds.

“We just stayed composed and battled back,” Maryland assistant coach Daron Park said. “I think you saw what a special group of upperclassmen we have.”

Brittany Cook led the Hokies (13-10, 0-8) with 26 points and 14 rebounds, while Andrea Barbour added 24 points.

The Terps, plagued by 25 turnovers, took the lead for the first time when Harper’s layup made it 66-64 with 3:12 left in overtime. Langhorne then hit a layup, and Maryland held on for the win.

A 3-pointer by Cook with three seconds left made it 72-71, but Toliver was then fouled by Barbour and hit both of her free throws.

The Hokies scored the first 11 points of the game and led 31-10 on a basket by Laura Haskins with 10:13 left.

“It was the biggest natural high,” Cook said. “We came out on fire.”

Virginia Tech coach Beth Dunkenberger said the Hokies “took a huge step” that she hoped they can build on.

“They came out extremely inspired,” Toliver said. “Playing against us, we get everybody’s best shot.”



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