Today the Terps played their second double overtime game in less than a week. Only this time, playing on the road at Carolina, they didn't manage to come away with the win, as the deeper bench of the Tar Heels prevailed, 97-86.
Maryland had opportunities to win this one. They battled back from an early double-figure deficit to take the lead late in regulation. But they allowed that lead, as well as another slim lead in the first OT, to slip away.
Shooting a shocking 5-27 from behind the arc, it's somewhat amazing that the Terps had chances to win this one at all. But despite struggling from long-distance, Maryland didn't give up and managed to find other ways to stay in the ball game. A missed shot here, a turnover there, a foul called (or not called) . . . it was no one player or no one play that opened the door twice for the Heels to come from behind. It seemed the Terps needed just a single play or a single break to put UNC away, but each time Maryland came up short. By the 2nd OT, a tired group of Terrapins (playing without Laura Harper and Jade Perry, who both fouled out) fell behind and were unable to mount any real counter-attack to LaToya Pringle, Erlana Larkins, and their Carolina teammates. Just as the Maryland crowd last Sunday helped to will its team to victory in the 2nd OT against Georgia Tech, the Carolina-blue-clad packed-house home crowd in Carmichael Auditorium provided their team with plenty of energy and support down the stretch.
We suspect that the Terps are less than pleased with how this one ended. We also suspect that a loss like this will make them work harder so it doesn't happen again, and will leave them itching for a rematch . . . perhaps in March in the final of the ACC tournament.