Coleman’s 42 Helps Maryland Advance To Regional Finals, Defeat Vanderbilt 78-74
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)–Marissa Coleman wanted more, so she did more.
The Maryland senior scored a career-high 42 points, including the go-ahead basket with 27.9 seconds left, as the Terrapins rallied from 18 down to beat Vanderbilt 78-74 on Saturday.
The No. 1 seed in the Raleigh Regional used a late 15-3 run to erase an 11-point deficit and didn’t lead until Demauria Liles hit a layup with 2:07 left.
Coleman–who surpassed her previous best of 32 points set a month ago against Boston College–nearly had to beat the Commodores by herself. She finished 15-for-27 from the field, made 10-of-11 free throws, had 15 rebounds and had the ball in her hands on virtually every important possession.
Christina Wirth scored a career-high 28 points to lead No. 4 seed Vanderbilt (26-9). Her free throws with 42.4 seconds left made it 74-all.
Coleman then put Maryland (31-4) ahead to stay on their next trip downcourt with a fallaway jumper over Jence Rhodes.
After Wirth’s jumper over Kristi Toliver rimmed out with about 12 seconds left, Coleman hit two free throws with 9.6 seconds remaining to clinch the Terps’ third trip to the regional finals in four seasons.
Toliver finished with 17 points for the Terrapins, who will play No. 3 seed Louisville on Monday night for a spot in the Final Four.