Wake Forest thrashes Maryland women, 72-57 Loss is Terps' fourth in row, fifth in seven

February 01, 1996|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- The Wake Forest women's basketball team made up a 20-point second-half deficit at North Carolina on Monday night only to lose at the buzzer, and might have been expected to be emotionally flat last night against Maryland.

Instead, it was the Terps who gave the desultory, listless performance in a 72-57 loss to the Deacons.

In losing their fourth straight, and fifth in the last seven games, Maryland (8-10, 2-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) shot poorly (37 percent from the field), played sloppily (18 turnovers) and looked flat, a combination that almost always will spell a loss.

"I just don't think we played well at all. I'm very disappointed in our team's play," said Maryland coach Chris Weller.

The Terps played the game without their leading scorer and rebounder, sophomore forward Stephanie Cross, who was suspended by Weller before last night's game for "failure to meet team practice standards," according to a news release.

Weller would not elaborate on the suspension, and would not say whether Cross, who is averaging 13.5 points and 7.4 rebounds a game, would be allowed to play Saturday at Georgia Tech. A loss to the Yellow Jackets could drop the Terps into eighth place in the league, with three games next week against Duke and Clemson, two of the ACC's top four teams.

The Deacons (11-8, 4-5) shook off whatever residual effects there were from Monday to beat the Terps on both ends of the court, grabbing their third straight win at Cole Field House.

Wake Forest blistered Maryland especially on the front line, where junior center Tracy Connor had a game-high 20 points on 10-for-13 shooting, and nine rebounds.

Connor, the ACC's fifth leading scorer and second-leading rebounder whose career has been hobbled by injuries, failed to touch the ball for the first seven minutes, thanks to a combination of Maryland zones that denied her the ball.

"We didn't spend a lot of time working on zones and when they went into a 1-2-2 and then a 2-3, we had trouble adjusting," said Wake Forest coach Karen Freeman. "Once we got into a rhythm and got into sync, it was a little different."

Said Connor: "It took some pushing from Coach Freeman in practice to get me going. A lot of times, she tells me to make my presence known."

Unfortunately for Maryland, Connor got the message.

WAKE FOREST -- Mulholland 5-15 2-2 12, Hodge 6-14 0-0 12, Connor 10-13 0-2 20, Seawright 2-3 4-5 8, Hollifield 2-3 0-0 4, Carpenter 3-4 0-0 8, Kelley 0-1 0-0 0, Walker 0-2 0-0 0, Coleman 1-1 4-4 6, Helms 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 30-57 10-13 72.

MARYLAND -- Davis 0-5 0-0 0, Gibson 6-16 4-5 19, Ohman 2-3 4-4 8, Purvis 3-10 0-0 6, Chase 6-13 0-0 12, Cimmier 2-2 0-0 4, XTC Anderson 2-6 2-2 6, Bretz 0-1 0-0 0, Rasmussen 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 22-50 10-11 57.

Halftime--WF 36-26. 3-point goals--WF 2-4 (Carpenter 2-3, Hollifield 0-1); M 3-7 (Gibson 3-5, Purvis 0-1, Anderson 0-1). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--WF 33 (Mulholland 12); M 33 (Ohman 9). Assists--WF 22 (Hollifield 11); M 15 (Gibson 8). Total fouls--WF 11, M 12. A--717.

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