Maryland eliminates Utah from NCAA tourney, 71-56

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- With help from their Maryland teammates and a spirited crowd, Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver enthusiastically celebrated one final victory on their home court.

Coleman had 18 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, Toliver scored 17, and top-seed Maryland advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament with a 71-56 victory over Utah on Tuesday night.

The Terrapins (30-4) will next play Vanderbilt (26-8) in the semifinals of the Raleigh Regional. Maryland beat the Commodores 80-66 last year in the third round.

Utah (23-10) probably would have had trouble defeating the Terrapins under any circumstances. But the Utes had to play in an arena where Maryland had won 35 straight and before 10,065 fans intent upon seeing Toliver and Coleman shine in their last home game.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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