Maryland wins title in overtime

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

The Terrapins rallied from a 13-point deficit to top ACC rival Duke.

BOSTON -- Overtime belongs to Maryland. So does the NCAA championship.

Kristi Toliver hit a 3-pointer at the end of regulation to cap a 13-point comeback, then the freshman made two free throws with 35 seconds left in overtime on Tuesday night to give the Terrapins a 78-75 victory over Duke and their first NCAA women's basketball title.

Maryland (34-4) is 6-0 in overtime games this season -- the first five on the road and the last in the championship to complete the second-largest comeback in a women's title game. It was the first time the championship was determined in overtime since Tennessee beat Virginia in 1991.

Jessica Foley made two free throws with 18 seconds left in regulation to give Duke (31-4) a 70-67 lead, then Maryland coach Brenda Frese called timeout to set up a play.

Toliver, who had 12 turnovers in the semifinal victory over North Carolina, brought the ball down and veered over to the left side before putting through the 3 with 6.1 seconds left.

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