Feb. 22, 2009

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -Ninth-ranked Maryland was already assured its 33rd straight home victory when Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman left to a standing ovation from the crowd of 16,344.

When the two sensational seniors walked off the floor, they had combined to outscore No. 7 Duke.

"You have to compliment the very excellent play of Toliver and Coleman," Blue Devils coach Joanne McCallie said after Sunday's 77-59 defeat. "I don't think I've ever seen a stat sheet with 34 and 24 from two guard spots. That's pretty remarkable."

Toliver's 34 points and Coleman's 24 carried the Terrapins (23-4, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) to their seventh straight win. The victory also capped a marvelous weekend for Maryland basketball - on Saturday, the men's team upset No. 3 North Carolina.

"It was a great weekend to be a Terp," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "A perfect weekend for us all."

After Toliver kept the Terrapins close with 17 first-half points, Coleman provided offensive aid after the break. When the two left with 1:43 left, they totaled 58 points to Duke's 57.

"Let me tell you, I'm going to miss this one of these days when I don't get to be here with these two special seniors," Frese said. "What a game, and what a dominating win."

And it came before the fifth-largest crowd in ACC history. The top 10 crowds have all been at Maryland.

Coleman was 1-for-6 from the floor in the first half. She finished 8-for-15 and became the eighth player in ACC history to have 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

"It was a new half," she said. "I wasn't happy with how I played in the first half. I wasn't there emotionally, I wasn't doing too much. I told myself I was going to come out and have a better second half."

Chante Black and Carrem Gay each scored 13 points for Duke (22-4, 9-3). Jasmine Thomas, the team's third-leading scorer, had 6 points on 1-for-15 shooting.

The Terrapins opened the second half with a 10-0 run to take a 41-33 lead. Coleman got it started with a jumper, and Toliver added another before both seniors connected from beyond the arc.

After Joy Cheek ended Duke's dry spell with a 15-footer, Coleman made three baskets and Toliver had a pair of 3-pointers in a 12-3 spree that made it 53-38 with 13:16 remaining.

The Blue Devils then rattled off eight straight points, but Maryland responded with a 9-0 run that started with a 3-pointer by Toliver and a layup by Coleman. When Marah Strickland made two foul shots with 9:07 left, it ended a run of 27 straight Maryland points by the Coleman-Toliver combination.

"We just did not execute, did not play sharp," McCallie said. "You can't allow that to occur in this type of environment."

The first half featured four ties and seven lead changes before ending with the Blue Devils up 33-31. Toliver went 7-for-12 from the floor, but the rest of the Terrapins were 2-for-20.

Before the game, the Terrapins announced that senior guard Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood has left the team. Wiley-Gatewood, who transferred to Maryland from Tennessee before the 2006-07 season, had started the previous nine games but was averaging only 4.2 points and reached double figures only once in 24 games.

She was replaced in the starting lineup by Strickland, who scored six.