Duke moves in on Terps women, 90-61

No. 17 Blue Devils win first at Cole since '94-95 season

January 03, 1999|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Despite consecutive wins last week, the signs were not promising for the Maryland women's basketball team as it prepared to play host to No. 17 Duke yesterday at Cole Field House.

The Terrapins faced a team playing its best basketball this season -- coming off a road win at No. 9 UCLA -- and motivated by thoughts of its first win at Maryland since 1994-95.

If it sounds ugly, that's because it was. In the final chance for six Duke seniors to pick up their only win on the road against the Terps, the Blue Devils rolled, 90-61, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

"They were fired up and looked pretty good," Maryland coach Chris Weller said of a game that was competitive for the first 10 minutes before the Blue Devils used a 29-3 run to pull away.

"This was the only place in the ACC that the seniors hadn't won at," Duke senior guard Hilary Howard said. "We wanted to face our demons and play well here."

Of late, Duke (10-4, 2-0) has been playing well everywhere, winning its last five games by an average of 35 points. Ranked No. 4 to begin the season, the Blue Devils found themselves not only out of their depth -- with losses to Connecticut, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Tennessee -- but also suffering, with injuries to players like Payton Black, Peppi Browne, Nicole Erickson and Lauren Rice.

"There's not as much pressure as being the No. 4 team in the country," Howard said. "We're just getting over our injuries and starting to play the type of basketball that we hoped to be playing in November."

Browne started yesterday while the other three were part of a bench that contributed 51 points, helping to break open a game that Maryland (2-10, 0-3) tried to keep close.

After going scoreless in the first two minutes, the Terps used the efforts of Deedee Warley and Marche Strickland to take an 8-4 lead with 15: 34 left in the first half.

It was still just 16-13 Duke with 9: 25 left in the half before the Blue Devils started to take control.

The turning point came when Warley -- who scored 11 of her 19 points in the first half -- came out of the game after collecting her second foul with 6: 33 remaining.

"That hurt us big-time," Weller said. "We can't have her getting in foul trouble because we aren't deep enough to have that happen."

The effects of Warley's absence -- mainly a lack of scoring -- were evident as Duke raced out to a 42-19 lead with 1: 34 left in the half on the way to a 45-22 halftime advantage.

Starter Michelle Gorp scored 11 of her 17 points in the first half and reserves Krista Gingrich (13 points), Erickson (12 points) and Black (nine points) combined for 23 points by halftime.

"I don't know if it was coming back from the West Coast, but it seemed like we were fatigued a bit," Duke coach Gail Goestenkors said. "Our bench came in and ignited us."

DUKE -- Parent 4-5 0-0 8, Browne 1-5 1-2 3, Van Gorp 8-14 1-1 17, Howard 3-6 0-0 7, Schweitzer 2-4 3-3 7, Medhanie 2-2 0-0 4, Gingrich 4-7 3-4 13, Erickson 4-4 0-0 12, West 0-1 0-0 0, Black 4-11 1-2 9, Rice 1-3 1-2 3, Hayes 2-3 1-3 5, Jones 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 36-69 11-17 90.

MARYLAND -- Warley 8-12 3-6 19, Gibson 7-17 0-0 16, Bogunovic 1-1 0-0 2, Brown 3-8 2-2 10, Strickland 5-15 0-0 10, Perry 0-3 2-2 2, Agba 0-0 0-0 0, Gabriel 1-3 0-1 2, Melbourne 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 25-63 7-11 61.

Halftime--Duke, 45-22. Three-point goals--D 7-11 (Erickson 4-4, Gingrich 2-3, Howard 1-2, Schweitzer 0-1, West 0-1); M 4-15 (Brown 2-6, Gibson 2-7, Strickland 0-1, Perry 0-1). Rebounds--D 48 (Van Gorp 8); M 30 (Gabriel 9). Assists--D 27 (Schweitzer 8); M 20 (Brown 8). Total fouls--D 14; M 17. A--1,365.

Pub Date: 1/03/99

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