Women's College Basketball

 
                === Tar Heels hold on to top No. 8 Maryland ===
 
 Chapel  Hill, NC  (Sports Network) - Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Brittany Rountree
 each  scored 13  points to lead No.  15 North Carolina to a 60-57 victory over
 eighth-ranked Maryland in a key Atlantic Coast Conference clash.
 
 Ruffin-Pratt added six rebounds and five assists for the Tar Heels (14-1), who
 overcame  an  early 10-point  deficit to notch  their seventh consecutive win.
 Waltiea Rolle posted 12 points and nine boards in the triumph.
 
 Maryland  (10-3) saw a  six-game win streak come to an end despite a 23-point,
 13-rebound performance from Tianna Hawkins and a 15-point, 16-board effort out
 of Alyssa Thomas.
 
 The  Terrapins owned  a 24-14  lead with  just over  six minutes  left in  the
 opening  half and were ahead by a 35-29 count at the break, but North Carolina
 began  the  second period with  a 17-1  run and built  a 46-36 lead on Latifah
 Coleman's 3-pointer with 13:07 left to play.
 
 Maryland  netted eight  straight  points,  capped by  Thomas'  jumper with  13
 seconds  left, to pull  within 59-57, and had a chance to force overtime after
 UNC's  Danielle  Butts hit just 1-of-2  free throws with 10 seconds remaining.
 However,  Katie Rutan's 3-point try in the final stages missed the mark as the
 Tar Heels held on.
 
 
 
 01/03 21:32:56 ET

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