No. 5 North Carolina defeats Terps, 73-63 Down 14, Maryland closes to 2 before losing 2nd in row

February 08, 1997|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,SUN STAFF

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The Maryland women's basketball team shook off an initial 10-0 run from No. 5 North Carolina and pulled within two midway through the second half before falling, 73-63, last night at Carmichael Auditorium.

With only eight players available, the Terps (15-6, 6-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) gamely battled back from a 14-point, first-half deficit to put a scare into the conference-leading Tar Heels (20-1, 11-0).

"I was very proud that the team stuck with it and played hard. We played as hard as we have all year against the toughest defense we've faced. I don't think we could have given a much greater effort," said Maryland coach Chris Weller.

Said North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell: "Maryland played us hard. They always do. We got them up there last year, and they came back and got us here, so we know what they're capable of."

Maryland freshman guard Tiffany Brown scored a game-high 21 points off the bench, including a drive with 11: 17 left in the game to cut the Terps' deficit to 49-47.

However, the Tar Heels went on an 11-2 run, paced by two long three-pointers from sophomore Chanel Wright (Western) to give them some breathing space. The Terps, who have lost two straight and meet Duke tomorrow, would only get as close as six points the rest of the way.

Loyola 74, Niagara 63: Jina Mosley had 17 points and seven rebounds as Loyola (6-14, 3-5) topped host Niagara (6-14, 3-5) in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game. The Greyhounds hit 57 percent (27 of 47) from the field.

Vermont 82, Towson State 79: Freshman Holly Harris scored six of her 14 points in overtime as Vermont (15-6, 10-3) rallied from a five-point deficit in the extra session to beat host Towson State (10-12, 6-8) in an America East game. Sonia Keiner led the Tigers with 24 points.

Top 25

No. 2 Old Dominion 77, James Madison 49: Nyree Roberts scored a career-high 26, and host Old Dominion (20-1, 10-0) beat James Madison (14-6, 5-5) for its 36th consecutive victory in the Colonial Athletic Association.

It was Old Dominion's 85th victory in 86 conference games. The last league opponent to defeat the Monarchs was James Madison, 87-80, on Feb. 19, 1995.

Old Dominion led 36-14 at halftime, as James Madison hit six of 20 from the field.

Pub Date: 2/08/97

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