11-0 run gives Terps 7th win a in row UM women trim Howard for Dial Classic title, 59-48

Davis scored 16 in 2nd half

December 15, 1997|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- After a quiet 20 minutes where she made only one of five shots, Maryland senior forward Kalisa Davis saw room for improvement as her team prepared for the second half.

She gladly delivered, scoring 16 second-half points and keying an 11-0 run as Maryland fought past Howard, 59-48, in the final of the Dial Classic yesterday.

The win was the seventh in a row for Maryland (7-2), which gets a week of rest before playing at Duke on Dec. 22.

"I was pleased that in second half, we showed a lot of pressure defensively," Terps coach Chris Weller said, "and that we showed more poise than we did in the first half, taking the ball inside to Kalisa."

Davis, who finished with 19 points and eight rebounds, struggled in the first half, "rushing my shots, shooting with the palm of my hand and not following through."

As Davis sputtered, so did Maryland, shooting 27.3 percent from the field and being out-rebounded by Howard, 23-15.

The Bison (2-2) led most of the first half, led by reserve guard Darria Boyd, who scored 11 first-half points. Boyd's three-pointer with 2: 09 left in the first half put Maryland ahead, 23-19.

In the early portion, Maryland was kept afloat by the play of Sonia Chase (McDonogh), whose scored 14-point, 10-rebound performance earned her the tournament's MVP award.

It was Chase who scored 10 first-half points, including five points in the last 43 seconds to give the Terps a 25-24 halftime lead.

The first eight minutes of the second half resembled the first half, with the teams exchanging the lead eight times.

Then Davis took over despite playing with an injured finger on her shooting hand.

"Inside three feet, she's dangerous," Howard coach Sanya Tyler said of Davis, who used her bulk to clear that space and score eight points in a five-minute span, helping Maryland turn a one-point deficit into a 12-point lead. "Either you take a charge or get out of the way."

Two free throws by Davis with 8: 30 remaining gave Maryland a 48-36 lead, ensuring that Howard's futility streak against the Terps would run to 23 games.

Maryland also managed to force 26 turnovers that resulted in 21 of its points.

All of which pleased Weller, who has seen her team go on its winning streak without point guard Tiffany Brown, who suffered a knee injury last month and may be back for the Duke game.

"It's a big accomplishment when your short-handed," Weller said. "It would be nice if we were a little deeper, but we're not."

In the consolation game, Hartford used 13 points and 11 rebounds from Eryn Ivnik to defeat Mississippi Valley State, 62-60.

Pub Date: 12/15/97

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