No. 10 Virginia 106, No. 12 Maryland 103
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) _ Reserve Jeffra Gausepohl sank six foul shots in the last 43 seconds, giving No. 10 Virginia a 106-103 triple-overtime victory over No. 12 Maryland in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Monday night.
After Gausepohl, a freshman center who scored 14 of her career-high 15 points in the three overtimes, made her last two free throws with 10 seconds left, Maryland’s Monica Bennett missed a desperate 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
It was the Cavaliers’ third ACC tournament title in the last four years. Virginia (24-5) was led by Heather Burge with 22 points and tournament most valuable player Dena Evans, who played all 55 minutes, a Virginia record, and scored 19.
Maryland (22-7) lost in its bid for its ninth ACC championship in 10 finals appearances. Bennett had 25 points, Katrina Colleton 24 and Jessie Hicks 23 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks.
Maryland guard Lena Patterson, who forced the third overtime with a 3- pointer at the buzzer to tie it at 91-91, had a chance to tie it again late in the third overtime.
She rebounded a loose ball, scored to make it 104-103, and was fouled with 17 seconds left. But she missed the foul shot and Gausepohl sealed the victory with two foul shots with 10 seconds remaining.
Evans appeared to take the win for Virginia with five seconds left in the second overtime with two free throws that made it 91-88. But Maryland’s Patterson banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer forcing the third extra period with her first points of the game.