The #14 Maryland Terps only hit one three-pointer all night against the Virginia Cavaliers, but it was undoubtedly the biggest shot of the game. Diandra Tchatchouang’s three pointer with 14 seconds left in regulation sparked Maryland to a 77-75 overtime win in Virginia Friday night.
Not only did she force overtime but Tchatchouang also hit the game winner off a layup with six seconds left in overtime. Virginia’s last-ditch three point attempt rattled out of the rim as the Terps picked up their second straight ACC win.
The sophomore forward’s huge three shot salvaged a poor second half for the Terps (15-3, 2-2 ACC), who managed to pull away late in the first half for a 34-27 advantaged and seemed to be wearing down Virginia (11-9, 0-4 ACC).While they were able to maintain a steady nine-point lead throughout the second half, around the 12 minute mark, up 50-41, the Terrapins went cold.
Scoreless for nearly five minutes, allowing Virginia to take a 51-50 lead, the Wahoos had taken all the momentum off sloppy Terrapin play. But Maryland scrapped back and some key defensive plays forced the Cavaliers into some costly turnovers, 17 on the night, that allowed the Terps to steal the game.
Maryland was led once again by freshman Alyssa Thomas with a double double of 18 points and 12 boards. It was her third in four games. Lynetta Kizer was second with 16 points followed by Kim Rodgers (11 points). The Cavs were led by Chelsea Shine and Whitny Edwards who scored 15 and 13 respectively.
The Terps return home for a pivotal ACC matchup against the North Carolina Tar Heels which will be aired on ESPN2, Sunday Jan. 23.
Player of the Game: It’s hard to pick against a player who not only hit the game winner in OT but who also hit the shot that sent it into overtime. Diandra Tchatchoung was a point and rebound short of a double double (nine points, nine rebounds) but that hardly seems to matter when her clutch three and layup were the difference in this tight win.