Terps let lead, game slip away

February 19, 1994|By Tom Madigan | Tom Madigan,Special to The Sun

DURHAM, N.C. -- While the Duke players and fans flooded the court in celebration, the Maryland women --ed toward their locker room.

Who could blame them? They had given up what was once a point lead and lost, 62-60, on an eight-foot jumper by Blue Devils sophomore guard Jen Scanlon with two seconds left.

A crowd of 600 at Cameron Indoor Stadium watched the Blue Devils get off to an 8-4 spurt in the second half and outscore the Terps, 38-22, in the period.

"We have to congratulate Duke. They played a great game, particularly in the second half," Terps head coach Chris Weller said. "When we got a big lead I thought we let down a little bit, but I think that was probably due to the fact that Duke came out of the locker room very determined to get back in the game and did. I think we got a little bit nervous when that happened."

The Terrapins (13-9, 7-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) had gotten off to a quick start in the first half and pushed their lead to 15 with eight minutes left. Senior forward Bonnie Rimkus shot 5-for-12 in the half, but nine of her points came in the first 6:16.

But Maryland didn't dominate as completely as the 38-24 halftime score suggested. Duke shot 36.6 percent from the field on 11-for-30 shooting.

But the Blue Devils came out with a different intensity in the second half.

"We changed into a 30 defense [match-up zone] in the second half and I think it put more pressure on their inside players," said Scanlon, who tied with Duke forward Nicole Johnson with a game-high 16 points.

"They were a lot more intense in the second half," said Rimkus, who along with senior Monica Adams led the Terps with 15 points.

Duke (16-7, 7-6) started its run 1:30 into the second half when Scanlon made a steal and layup to make the score 42-30.

After another Scanlon basket, Duke scored twice more in the next 30 seconds on a basket by Carey Kauffman and a jumper by Nicole Johnson to get to 42-36.

Duke kept it close for the next six minutes before Terps freshman guard Lillian Purvis hit a three-pointer from the right side to put the Terps up by seven at 51-44.

The Terps seemed to take control after that, getting four more points on a pull-up jumper by junior point guard Karon Ferguson and a long two-pointer by Purvis from the right.

But Duke answered with a six-point spurt that brought it to within 55-52. The Blue Devils tied the score with 45 seconds left.

Freshman Kira Orr (Poolesville) took the ball up the right side, through a seam in the Terps' man-to-man defense, and scored to tie it at 60, setting the stage for Scanlon.

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