Virginia women beat Terps, 68-56, extend home streak

January 19, 1994|By Rob Daniels | Rob Daniels,Contributing Writer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Maryland entered last night as the last women's basketball team to beat Virginia on its home court, and the Terrapins retain the honor. But that last loss was two years ago.

Jeffra Gausepohl, a 6-foot-6 center who helped Virginia beat the Terrapins in last year's ACC title game, scored a career-high 29 points last night, as the 12th-ranked Cavaliers beat the Terps, 68-56, for their 34th straight win at University Hall.

Even though it was held to a season-low 18 points in the first half, Maryland (8-6, 3-2) considered the performance a step in the right direction after last week's 10-point loss to George Washington. Still, Gausepohl helped put the Terps in a 16-point second-half hole.

Maryland got within 55-50 in the final three minutes, but the comeback ended shortly thereafter when Virginia's Jenny Boucek scored once and assisted Gausepohl on a layup.

Virginia (12-2, 5-0) then hit nine of its last 10 free throws. The Cavaliers were outscored from the field 45-42 but made 26 of 31 foul shots.

"We're better than we were last week," Terps coach Chris Weller said. "I think we showed we can play at this level.

"We didn't handle Gausepohl well. When we got into foul trouble, we were going to be struggling all that more."

Center Monica Adams fouled out after scoring a team-high 17, and forward Michele Andrew was called for four fouls.

Bonnie Rimkus finished with 15 points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds, but the Cavaliers' collapsing defense held her scoreless for 25 consecutive minutes after she had hit for nine points.

"Of course, it was difficult," said Rimkus, who scored 32 against Wake Forest for 32 on Saturday. "Virginia's a great team.

"I think we played OK. We decided we're going to stay positive and be enthusiastic," said Gausepohl, whose six free throws in the third overtime knocked off the Terps last year, scored Virginia's last 10 points of the first half. Rimkus' nine points had helped Maryland gain a 14-14 tie, but a 16-4 run by the Cavaliers made it 30-18 at halftime.

Virginia dared Maryland to shoot from the outside, and when the Terps declined, Rimkus' life became more difficult. Without their leading scorer contributing consistently, they fell behind 51-35 when Wendy Palmer scored two of her 12 with 9:28 left.

The Cavaliers were content to keep going inside, and they only attempted one three-point field goal.

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