Maryland Survives Coppin State

Nebraska holds off Xavier, Louisville dispatches Miami-Ohio
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2008 7:19 PM CDT
Maryland's Crystal Langhorne (1) goes up for a shot against Coppin State's Whitney Cunningham (34) during the second half of an NCAA women's basketball tournament first-round game, Sunday, March 23, 2008,...   (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
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(Newser) – It looked like the Maryland Terrapins were in danger of being only the second top-seed to ever fall in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the AP reports. Unlikely Coppin State battled for the duration, at one point holding the lead, and the 16th seed kept the game close until Maryland ran away late to finish with a double digit victory, 80-66.  In other women's tourney action:

  • Nebraska also nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.  They held on against Xavier, 61-58,  to win their first NCAA game in a decade, despite almost blowing a 15 point second-half lead
  • It wasn't much easier for Louisville, who thanks to Chauntise Wright's 21 points and Angel McCoughtry's 20-point effort survived Miami of Ohio, 81-67.