COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland women's basketball coach Chris Weller says her team is young and inconsistent. Last night, it succeeded in proving her correct.
After upsetting seventh-ranked North Carolina State 86-85 in Raleigh last weekend, the Terrapins turned in a woeful performance last night, dropping a 74-63 game to 23rd-ranked Clemson.
The Terps (15-9, 8-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) were outshot, outhustled and outmanned as the Tigers (17-7, 7-4) ran and jumped over a listless Maryland team.
"I wish I could explain it, but if I could explain it, we could correct it," said Weller. "We got outhustled. That's either too much or not enough confidence."
Whatever it was, it didn't look good and may have done the Terps a world of harm, possibly costing them a chance at hosting a first- or second-round game in next month's NCAA tournament and giving top-ranked Virginia at least a tie for the regular-season title.
Maryland tried to run on the Tigers and instead ran itself out of the game, committing 24 turnovers.
The Terps shot 44 percent and gave up easy inside baskets to Clemson center Jackie Farmer, who had 19 points and nine rebounds in only her second game back from knee injuries.