Maryland women win 5th straight

February 14, 1994|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Sun Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Yesterday's Maryland-North Carolina State women's basketball game was hardly a thing of beauty, for spectators or participants.

But since the Terps have been winning ugly all season, yesterday's 71-63 victory over the Wolfpack was nothing out of the ordinary.

The Terps shot 43 percent from the field, committed 16 turnovers and nearly surrendered a 14-point second-half lead. N.C. State was hardly better, shooting 36 percent from the field and committing 22 turnovers.

"It was an ugly game offensively in the second half," said Wolfpack coach Kay Yow. "I mean, goodness. It just didn't make for a good spectator game."

But Maryland (13-8, 7-4) continued to show a resourcefulness that has been in abundance during a five-game winning streak that has moved it into fourth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, one game behind third-place Clemson.

So, while the Terps didn't earn any style points, they got the job done.

"It was kind of a rough game, but that's indicative of how much it meant to both teams," said Maryland coach Chris Weller.

Yesterday's game was the kind of contest the Terps were blowing a month ago.

The Terps blew a 10-point second-half lead to the Wolfpack in Raleigh Jan. 22 and lost, 57-56.

Yesterday, what had been a 57-43 Maryland lead with 8:34 left became a 59-55 Terps advantage with 3:31 remaining, as the Wolfpack (11-10, 4-7) choked off Maryland's inside game and began to convert on its end despite shooting 26 percent in the half.

"I thought we had a chance in the last three minutes, but we didn't take advantage," said Yow.

Off a television timeout at the 3:31 mark, the Terps hit two shots -- Michele Andrew's jumper from the foul line with one second left on the shot clock and Bonnie Rimkus' lay-in 27 seconds later -- to boost their lead to eight points.

From there, the Terps, who are shooting 84 percent from the free-throw line in the last three minutes this season, closed out the Wolfpack by hitting eight of 11 down the stretch.

Freshman guard Lillian Purvis, who had a game-high 20 points, provided the second-half offensive spark for Maryland. Rimkus, who had 15 points in the first half, had four after intermission.

Purvis scored 16 second-half points and was 6-for-6 from the line, including four foul shots in the last 36 seconds. native continually found gaps in the Wolfpack zone, especially on the left wing, and was 5-for-10 in the second half.

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