Terps women rip Morgan, 86-62, behind Warley's 31

Brown hands out 18 assists in breaking school mark

February 04, 1999|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- One of the oft-stated laments of the Maryland women's basketball team since the return of Kelley Gibson and Tiffany Brown has been that it wishes it could have its first five games back.

That was when the Terps lost to five teams from sub-major conferences -- UNC-Greensboro, Loyola, Howard, Hampton and Western Michigan.

With Morgan State visiting last night, Maryland had a chance to get one back, which it did, winning, 86-62, in front of 507 at Cole Field House.

Deedee Warley had career highs of 31 points and 10 rebounds, and Brown handed out a career-high 18 assists as the Terrapins (4-16) picked up their first win since beating Florida State on Jan. 17. Brown's assist total -- including 12 in the second half -- broke the 18-year-old school record shared by Debbie Lytle and Tara Heiss (1978).

Most of her passes were to Warley, whose second-half performance was pivotal after Maryland limped into halftime with a 31-27 lead. Her previous career high of 23 points was equaled by her output for the second 20 minutes against Morgan (6-13), which struggled to defend the post, also allowing Branka Bogunovic to finish with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

In a span of 4: 26, Warley scored 14 points during a 15-4 run that lifted the Terps to a 62-41 lead with 8: 44 left.

"I don't think we were playing hard," Warley said of the first half. "We went into the locker room and had a little talk. When we came out, we were ready to go."

Morgan fell behind 13-4 with 13: 49 left in the first half, but rallied behind Lisa Mickens, Lesley Crowder and Chanelle Scott, who scored six points apiece before halftime. Crowder scored two as the Bears used a 9-0 run to tie the game at 23 on a three-pointer by Clarissa Elam with 3: 11 remaining.

"I thought we played a good 28 minutes," said Morgan State coach Darcel Estep, who identified the inability to stop Warley and Bogunovic as key to her team's downfall.

Maryland coach Chris Weller, whose team stayed with No. 9 Duke for 32 minutes before fading on Monday night, said anxiety over an anticipated win may have been responsible for a sloppy first-half performance.

"We were impatient in trying to get a win," Weller said. "We didn't really play good team ball, but Tiffany did a good job. The plan was to get the ball inside because we had an advantage that we weren't exploiting."

Morgan State was led by Monique Liddell, who had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Elam with 11 points.

MORGAN STATE -- Parham 0-2 0-0 0, Liddell 5-10 3-3 13, Meekins 0-2 0-0 0, Mickens 2-6 4-4 8, Cornish 0-4 0-0 0, Elam 4-11 1-2 11, Beckles 2-8 1-2 5, Smith 4-11 1-1 9, Crowder 3-8 1-2 7, Harris 0-2 1-2 1, Scott 3-6 2-3 8. Totals 23-70 14-19 62.

MARYLAND -- Warley 12-17 7-8 31, Gibson 1-6 5-10 7, Bogunovic 9-18 3-4 21, Brown 2-3 0-0 4, Strickland 1-4 4-4 6, Perry 3-5 3-4 9, Gabriel 1-2 0-0 2, Ferris 2-4 0-0 4, Melbourne 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 32-60 22-30 86.

Halftime--Maryland, 31-27. 3-point goals--MS 2-12 (Mickens 0-2, Cornish 0-1, Elam 2-5, Beckles 0-1, Smith 0-2, Crowder 0-1); M 0-1 (Brown 0-1). Rebounds--MS 37 (Liddell 13); M 46 (Bogunovic 12). Assists--MS 12 (Mickens 3, Beckles 3, Smith 3); M 28 (Brown 18). Total fouls--MS 21; M 18. A--507.

Pub Date: 2/04/99

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