No. 19 North Carolina St. 63, Maryland 61
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) _ No. 19 North Carolina State rallied with the help of a disputed basket and beat Maryland 63-61 on Umeki Webb’s layup at the buzzer Friday night to reach the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Webb had missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity with three seconds left and the scored tied at 61, but got another chance when Maryland (13-14) threw the ball away on its inbounds pass.
North Carolina State (19-8) then inbounded from the right of its basket with two seconds remaining and Nicole Mitchell hit Webb cutting in from the left side off a screen for the game winner, which sent the Wolfpack into Saturday’s semifinals against No. 12 Duke.
Chasity Melvin led North Carolina State with 33 points, including a key basket with 47 seconds left on a shot that appeared to have left her hand after the shot-clock buzzer had sounded. The Maryland coaches and players screamed in protest, but the basket stood, cutting Maryland’s lead to 60-57.
Webb, who finished with 19 points, made a layup and scored on a drive to tie the score at 61 with 15 seconds left. She then got the rebound and was fouled after Maryland’s Lillian Purvis missed from the right corner and Rachel Cimmier misfired on a putback attempt.
Sonia Chase’s 15 points and 14 rebounds led Maryland, which rallied from 10 points down in each half to take the lead. Kim Bretz added 14 points, including three 3-pointers.
Maryland rallied from a 10-0 deficit to lead 29-27 at halftime on Bretz’s 3-pointer from the right corner. Melvin scored 16 points in the first 8:36 of the second half to help North Carolina State build a 49-39 lead, but Maryland came back again.
A 13-0 run that included a 3-pointer by Bretz pulled the Terrapins into a 52-49 lead, they led 60-55 after Kelly Gibson made two free throws with 1:19 left.