Posted January 03, 2013 on AP on Fox
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt briefly let Maryland's best 3-point shooter get away from her. She recovered in time to prevent a sure-thing victory from slipping away. Ruffin-Pratt scored 13 points and blocked a 3-pointer in the final seconds of No. 15 North Carolina's 60-57 victory over No. 8 Maryland on Thursday night. Brittany Rountree also had 13 points and Waltiea Rolle added 12 for North Carolina (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which blew most of an 11-point second-half lead and was just 1 of 7 from the free-throw line in the final minute but won its seventh straight and first in the series since 2010. ''We're excited because it really shouldn't even have been that close,'' coach Sylvia Hatchell said. ''These guys really played hard, and they really played tough down the stretch.'' Alyssa Thomas scored 11 of her 15 points in the final 5 1/2 minutes for Maryland (10-3, 1-1), and her drive with 14 seconds left pulled the Terrapins ...
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