Melvin powers N.C. State past Terps women, 98-57 Forward scores 29 before big family cheering section

January 03, 1996|By Ohm Youngmisuk | Ohm Youngmisuk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK -- All the incentive in the world was awaiting North Carolina State's Chasity Melvin last night against Maryland in their Atlantic Coast Conference women's season opener.

First there was the business of avenging last year's three-point loss to the Terps. Second, Melvin's mother and 14 other family members had come to the game from their home in Baltimore County.

Melvin, who is from Roseboro, N.C., did not disappoint her family, friends and team as the 6-foot-3 sophomore forward scored 29 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the No. 14 Wolfpack over the Terrapins, 98-57, before 524 at Cole Field House.

"The big difference for me tonight was that a part of my family was here tonight and they have never seen me play," said Melvin, a first-team preseason All-ACC selection. "I get really hyped when I got fans. Our team is real confident right now, especially after tonight. Last year, we really didn't get up for the game [against Maryland]. Tonight we were just really pumped."

The Wolfpack (9-1) played a flawless game, beating Maryland (5-5) in every phase.

Maryland was out-rebounded 47-26 while allowing N.C. State to shoot 66 percent from the field. The Wolfpack amassed 30 assists behind a solid transition game, and its defense held Maryland to 36 percent shooting from the floor.

"N.C. State showed us how to play," said Maryland coach Chris Weller. "They showed us what intense defense and good quick offense was. We struggled with consistency on the offensive end. They were too good tonight. They totally controlled all aspects of the game tonight."

Maryland was led by sophomore forward Kalisa Davis' 14 points and six rebounds. Stephanie Cross and Sonia Chase added 13 points each.

While four Wolfpack players scored in double digits, it was a total team effort by N.C. State that hurt Maryland. Junior forward Umeki Webb's performance -- 12 assists, nine points and eight rebounds -- symbolized Maryland's inability to stop N.C. State.

"This was our best passing game by far," said N.C. State coach Kay Yow. "This was our best showing this year. We put all parts of the game -- transition, defense and offense -- together well tonight. When you have some individuals like Chasity, a lot of good things happen."

The Terrapins might have been a little fatigued after their recent West Coast trip in the ACC/PAC-10 Challenge. After playing well in losses to Southern Cal, 68-62, and UCLA, 82-70, Weller was hoping her team would rebound.

"I was [disappointed]," Weller said. "We had a great tournament in California. We played really well. I think we might have got a little too satisfied."

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