Terps women overwhelm Wolfpack, 92-52 Rimkus leads rout with 23 off bench

January 31, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- In one respect, the North Carolina State women's basketball team achieved some measure of success against Maryland last night.

The Wolfpack managed to hold center Jessie Hicks more than 16 points below her average of 18.6.

But that was the extent of the N.C. State highlights, as the No. 8 Terps pounded out a 92-52 victory over the Wolfpack before 3,476, the fifth-largest crowd to see a Maryland women's game at Cole Field House.

The 40-point drubbing was the worst administered by a Marylandteam to an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent in 15 years of league play, surpassing a 100-64 win over Duke in 1988-89, the last season the Terps went to the Final Four.

The victory moved Maryland (14-3, 6-2) back into a first-place tie with North Carolina, pending the outcome of the Tar Heels' game today with Georgia Tech.

Hicks, a candidate for All-America honors, got into early foul trouble and scored just two points, her worst performance since she was held to two against Old Dominion in January 1991.

"They did a very good job of neutralizing Jessie," said Maryland coach Chris Weller. "We go to Jessie when she is an obvious mismatch, and generally she is. But when they double-team her, we have to go other places."

Thanks to forward Bonnie Rimkus, who had 23 points and eight rebounds off the bench in just 25 minutes, and 16 points each from Malissa Boles and Michele Andrew, the Terps found those other places.

"Maryland just outplayed us at every position and at both ends of the court," said Wolfpack coach Kay Yow. "They played all phases of the game. We didn't and you see the results."

Said Weller: "We seemed to be very comfortable and very enthusiastic. That's what we have to do. We have to quit worrying about what other teams' strengths are and just do what we do."

The Terps shot 51 percent, with four players in double figures and all but two of their players scoring. Plus, the Maryland bench outscored the entire Wolfpack team 58-52.

"Our bench really came alive for us and did some really nice things,"said Weller.

That effort was led by Rimkus, who had been benched in the past three starts.

Last night she was sharp inside and outside, hitting the trademark jumper that had marked her play earlier in the season, and connecting on tough shots inside.

"I had been in a little bit of a slump, but it felt good tonight," said Rimkus.

On defense, the Terps shut down the Wolfpack's talented backcourt of Tammy Gibson and Danyel Parker, daring N.C. State to beat them from the inside.

The Wolfpack couldn't, and were outscored 30-1 during one nine-minute stretch spanning the halves.

"I would attribute that [Wolfpack's offensive woes] to Maryland's perimeter defense," said Parker. "They put a lot of pressure on us."

Said Yow: "When you don't have a good inside game, it closes down your perimeter. The lack of an inside game really hurt us tonight, and Maryland was the cause of that."

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