Terps women edge No. 13 Duke Chase's shot with : 05 left gives Maryland 54-53 win

January 31, 1998|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- One Duke player and one Maryland player each thought her shot was dead on at the end of their ACC women's basketball match last night.

Hilary Howard, the Duke player, was wrong, missing the front end of a one-and-one with 15.9 seconds left and her team ahead by a point. Ten seconds later, the Maryland player, McDonogh product Sonia Chase, was right, nailing a 15-foot jumper to beat No. 13 Duke, 54-53.

Chase, who led the Terps with 18 points and five rebounds, brought her team to .500 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (12-8, 5-5) after its second home win over a ranked team in as many chances.

Maryland had clawed back from two double-digit deficits in the first half and quieted the Howard-led offense of Duke (14-6, 7-3) that shot 64 percent in the first half.

Chase led both comebacks, and had just hit a driving layup to leave the Terps one down. So it made sense that after Howard missed the free throw, she got the ball.

According to Maryland coach Chris Weller, Chase was supposed to drive. Period. But after she got the ball from Tiffany Brown, it didn't go that way.

"I saw [Michele] VanGorp, and said to myself, 'I'm not going there,' " Chase said, referring to the 6-foot-6 Duke center.

"But that's Sonia's shot," Weller said, interrupting her 5-11 swingman. "Those mid-range jumpers are her shots."

Given breathing room on the left wing by Duke freshman Georgia Schweitzer, she buried that mid-range jumper.

Down 36-30 at halftime, Maryland battled back to tie the game at 46-46 on a Chase basket with 8: 40 remaining. But Duke answered with a three-pointer by Nicole Erickson and a layup by Howard to take a 51-46 lead with 6: 03 left.

Kalisa Davis hit two shots in the last five minutes to narrow Duke's lead.

Of all people, Weller did not want to foul Howard, a 76 percent foul shooter who had 13 points. "I've shot thousands of free throws, and I thought it would go in," said Howard. "It was right on target, but it didn't fall."

DUKE -- Browne 5-6 0-0 10, VanGorp 1-1 3-4 5, Howard 6-9 0-1 13, Erickson 3-9 0-0 7, Schweitzer 2-5 0-0 4, Black 5-9 2-2 12, Medhaine 0-0 0-0 0, Rice 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 22-41 7-9 53.

MARYLAND -- Chase 9-13 0-0 18, Davis 4-9 1-3 9, Bogunovic 4-8 0-0 8, Brown 0-2 0-0 0, Gibson 4-12 0-0 9, McIntyre 0-2 0-0 0, Cross 3-8 4-4 10. Totals 24-54 5-7 54.

Halftime--Duke 38-30. 3-point goals--Duke 2-8 (Howard 1-1, Erickson 1-5, Rice 0-2), Maryland 1-5 (Gibson 1-2, Chase 0-1, Brown 0-2). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Duke 21 (Browne 6), Maryland 30 (Bogunovic 9). Assists--Duke 12 (Howard 6), Maryland 9 (Gibson 4). Total fouls--Duke 10, Maryland 13. A--1,386.

Pub Date: 1/31/98

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