UM women fall short again, 64-56 Loss to No. 10 N.C. State is 3rd in row vs. ranked foe

January 16, 1998|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- In the morning before Maryland's game against No. 10 North Carolina State, coach Chris Weller said her team had given good efforts in losses to Virginia and Clemson, but not enough.

Weller had another one to put in the "nice try" file. The Terps were game but fell, 64-56, at Cole Field House last night, their third straight game -- and loss -- against a ranked opponent.

"I think we're a pretty good team," Weller said. "But it's pretty hard to prove it, because we're playing ranked teams, so we have to beat some of them."

Tiffany Brown scored 21 points, including a school record-tying six three-pointers, to pace Maryland (9-7, 2-4). Kalisa Davis added 12 for the Terps, who play another ranked team Sunday -- No. 7 North Carolina.

Maryland kept N.C. State star Chasity Melvin on a short string, but failed to do the same with reserve center Summer Erb, who averages 13 minutes a game.

Melvin had 15 points and 11 rebounds, but Erb scored 25 points, 21 of them in the second half, leading the Wolfpack (15-1, 6-0 ACC) to its fifth straight victory.

"Maybe once in high school," Erb said when asked about the last time she had a similar scoring outburst. "The ball was dropping in my hands and I was finding the rim."

Maryland led 25-23 at halftime, but N.C. State bounced back, and a basket by LySchale Jones put the Wolfpack on top for good, 46-45, with 5: 51 left.

Baskets by Tynesha Lewis, Melvin and Jones gave N.C. State a 53-47 lead with 4: 24 remaining.

Brown hit a three-pointer with 3: 54 remaining and Kelley Gibson made a free throw to make it 53-51 at the 3: 29 mark, but that was as close as Maryland would get. From there, Erb closed the door with the two baskets and several of her 10 rebounds.

"She got big around the boards at the very end," said Weller, whose team was out-rebounded, 41-28. "We let down on rebounding during the last 10-11 minutes. Twenty-one offensive rebounds [for N.C. State]. That's the game right there."

Pub Date: 1/16/98

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