Terp women hit bottom in ACC

January 09, 1995|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Sun Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- It doesn't take an expansive memory to recall when things were very different in Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball, where Maryland was riding high near the top ofthe league and Duke was in the basement.

Two years ago, the Blue Devils won three of 16 league games, while Maryland was 11-5 and ACC runner-up.

It's taken only two years for things to come full circle, as Duke (12-1), off an 80-62 victory over Maryland last night at Cole Field House, moved into a first-place tie with Virginia at 3-0 in ACC play. The Blue Devils have won 11 straight.

Meanwhile, the loss -- the third at Cole Field House in 19 years to the Blue Devils -- dropped the Terps (7-6, 0-3) into a last-place tie with Florida State, the worst ACC start in the program's history.

"Maryland is one of the toughest places to play in the league. This is very significant for us. I told our players that this would be a major win for our program," said Duke coach Gail Goestenkors.

The Terps, on the other hand, haven't scored 70 points in a game in their past four contests, and again struggled to find a coherent offensive game plan.

The taller Blue Devils took away much of Maryland's inside game and dared them to shoot from the outside, where the Terps have also had problems throughout the season.

"We're just struggling offensively, as any young team will do," said Maryland coach Chris Weller. "We played hard and at times, we played smart, but there were other times where we didn't play smart and it cost us."

Freshman guard Sonia Chase (McDonogh), who had been sent to the bench after starting early in the season, led Maryland with 12 points.

The Terps, who trailed by six at halftime had chances to draw closer in the second half, but missed key shots and saw Duke pull away.

DUKE -- Kauffman 8-14 2-2 18, Hall 4-6 1-1 9, Day 5-9 4-4 14, Orr 6-11 0-0 14, Scanlon 3-11 0-0 7, Brandau 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 0-2 1-2 1, Blanding 5-7 1-2 11, Melman 2-6 0-0 6. Totals 33-67 9-11 80.

MARYLAND -- Cross 3-11 0-0 6, Camper 2-4 0-0 4, Ohman 5-9 1-1 11, Ferguson 3-6 0-0 7, Purvis 4-12 0-0 9, Williams 2-7 0-0 5, Davis 2-11 4-4 8, Chase 6-9 0-1 12, Cimmier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-69 5-6 62.

Halftime--Duke 40-34. 3-point goals--DU 5-15 (Melman 2-4, Orr 2-5, Scanlon 1-5, Brandau 0-1); UM 3-7 (Ferguson 1-1, Williams 1-2, Purvis 1-3). Rebounds--DU 43 (Kauffman 14); UM 35 (Cross 6). Assists--DU 18 (Kauffman 5); UM 13 (Ferguson 8). Total fouls--DU 12; UM 13. Fouled out--none. A--724.

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