Maryland women stung by GW

January 13, 1994|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Maryland and George Washington women's basketball teams have been mirror images of late, searching desperately to correct what has gone wrong.

It seems the Colonials, off their 77-67 victory over Maryland last night, found the answer at the Terps' expense.

The Colonials (6-4) ran, pressed and generally humiliated Maryland in a game that was made close only by late three-pointers, long after the matter had been decided.

After the game, the George Washington players, who have long been overshadowed by Maryland's program in the Washington area, claimed superiority.

"When you think of this area, the school that's focused on is Maryland," center Tajama Abraham said. "Maybe now that will change."

"I think we're the best team around this area," forward Darlene Saar said.

George Washington coach Joe McKeown said: "It's probably as big a win as we've had here at GW. This is a game I thought our kids really wanted, and they proved that."

Both teams fell out of the Top 25 this week, after they were each upset in road conference games, but the Colonials looked like the team more interested in regaining national respect.

"The last four games, we played like chickens with our heads cut off," Abraham said. "Today, we just settled down."

Though GW guard Debbie Hemery scored 24 points to lead both teams, it was Saar and Abraham who were the prime instruments of Maryland's downfall.

The Terps did themselves in as well, committing 24 turnovers and shooting 36 percent.

Saar and Abraham, who combined for 30 points and 20 rebounds, out-hustled the Terps (7-5), consistently getting down the floor first for easy baskets and numerous second chances.

"They flat-out beat us in transition, frankly. They were just much quicker than we were," said Maryland coach Chris Weller, who did not allow her players to speak with media members after the game.

Maryland's Bonnie Rimkus had 18 points, and teammate Monica Adams had 15, but they were the only players who distinguished themselves in a game in which the Colonials led by as many as 18.

The Terps played probably their worst half this season in the first half, as one turnover led to the next, one bad shot was succeeded by another and one defensive breakdown preceded an even worse defensive lapse.

Maryland continually allowed George Washington free passage along the baseline and the Colonials happily obliged as Abraham scored 12 points, all within 5 feet of the basket and rarely with a player guarding her.

And when Abraham picked up two fouls, reserve center Martha Williams scored eight points. The two players shot a combined 10-for-11, boosting the Colonials' first-half field goal percentage to 56 percent.

MARYLAND -- Andrew 1-10 5-6 7, Rimkus 7-18 1-6 18, Adams 5-10 5-6 15, Ferguson 1-3 2-2 4, Camper 2-4 4-4 8, Purvis 4-11 0-0 10, Williams 2-4 0-0 4, Anderson 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 22-61 18-26 67.

GEORGE WASHINGTON -- Saar 6-11 3-5 15, Sawyers 0-2 2-2 2, Abraham 7-7 1-4 15, Hemery 8-15 6-9 24, Lonergan 1-3 2-3 4,

McCrea 0-2 0-0 0, Neville 0-2 0-0 0, Cermignano 3-6 0-0 8, Weir 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-56 15-25 77.

Halftime--GWU 41-25. 3-point goals--UM 5-14 (Rimkus 3-9, Purvis Williams 0-1, Andrew 0-1); GWU 4-13 (Cermignano 2-3, Hemery 2-4, Lonergan 0-2, Sawyers 0-2, Saar 0-1, McCrea 0-1). Rebounds--UM 39 (Andrew 10); GWU 41 (Saar 13). Assists--UM 11 (Ferguson 7); GWU 19 (Hemery 5). Total fouls--UM 20; GWU 22. Fouled out--Andrew, Ferguson, Williams. A--1,112.

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