Avenging 40-point loss, 'Pack trips Terps women

February 14, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA — RALEIGH, N.C. -- Maryland women's basketball coach Chris Weller groped for the words to profess her disgust after the Terps' stunning 74-72 loss to North Carolina State yesterday, two weeks after they had dispatched the Wolfpack by 40 points.

Ultimately, the look in her eyes spoke volumes.

"That's how important it is in this league to be ready to play and play your heart out. You just don't have the luxury of taking it easy," said Weller.

The middle of February is a bit late in the season to be talking about finding heart and character, but the ninth-ranked Terps (17-5, 8-4) were deficient in both areas.

After trailing by as much as 13 in the first half, Maryland led by 10 with 4:45 remaining, and the Wolfpack (11-10, 5-6) appeared finished.

Instead, N.C. State used the energy of a noisy crowd and the pent-up embarrassment of its 92-52 humiliation at College Park to make a 14-2 end-of-game run and rally back from a 70-60 deficit.

"The team that left College Park was very upset and hurt inside," said Wolfpack point guard Danyel Parker. "We didn't feel like Maryland was 40 points better than us and we played with a bit of that [emotion]."

Parker's 20 points and game-high nine rebounds were crucial, but even her play took a back seat to that of senior center Teri Whyte, who had a career-high 22 points and dominated Maryland's Jessie Hicks inside.

"That may be the best I've ever played," said Whyte, who had three points at College Park. "It was intense and the defense was really good. I'm so excited."

And rightfully so. Whyte hit the winning free throws with 34.6 seconds left, though she gave her coach, Kay Yow, and the Reynolds Coliseum faithful heart palpitations by missing the front ends of two one-and-one free-throw chances in the last 20 seconds.

Maryland, however, failed to convert on either. Reserve guard Monica Bennett, who had a career-high 19 points to lead the Terps, threw a pass away with 20 seconds left and watched her potential game-tying shot rim out at the buzzer.

"We got the lead and they kept playing us harder and harder," said Maryland's Katrina Colleton, who had 12 points.

Though the loss likely knocked the Terps out of the top 10 and cost them a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference lead with North Carolina and Virginia, it appeared the inconsistent Wolfpack needed and wanted the win more.

Said Yow: "Within that game were a lot of battles and had we lost the game then we could have consoled ourselves a little by having won some of the battles. To win the game and have won other battles is icing on the cake."

Specifically, the Wolfpack, which led most of the game, erased deficits in rebounding and shooting from the first game, and exploited Maryland's desire to get the ball to Hicks, who fouled out with 15 points and just three rebounds.

The bulk of the credit for Hicks' frustrations goes to Whyte, a 6-foot-5 senior who has been mostly disappointing in four years here.

"Coach has been emphasizing Jessie Hicks to me," said Whyte. "I wanted to play smart defense and I wanted to make her work on defense as well."

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