Virginia's finish ruins Terps' effort

Shooting for 3rd straight, UM women fall short, 69-55

February 09, 1999|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- No. 18 Virginia scored the final 11 points of the game, holding the Maryland women without a point for nearly four minutes en route to a 69-55 win in front of 993 fans at Cole Field House last night.

Buoyed by 23 points and a career-high 12 rebounds from Deedee Warley, the Terps (5-17, 2-10 ACC) managed a game effort at what would have been their third straight win.

Warley and Kelley Gibson combined for eight points in a three-minute span as Virginia (16-6, 9-3) saw its onetime 10-point lead cut to 58-56 with 3: 50 left.

But Erin Stovall, who led the Cavaliers with 19 points, hit a three-pointer with 3: 15 remaining, and her teammates hit eight of 12 free throws the rest of the way.

"We all know that this was not a 14-point game," said Maryland coach Chris Weller, whose team started fouling in earnest with little more than two minutes left and with Virginia leading 61-55.

"There was a time when it could have worked. But they hit their foul shots."

The teams entered the game with different tastes left over from their previous contests. The Terps won their first road game of the season against Wake Forest on Saturday, while the Cavaliers were outscored 33-5 and wasted an 18-point lead over the last 12: 34 during a home loss to ACC leader Duke last Thursday.

"We managed the game much better tonight," Virginia coach Debbie Ryan said. "It was important that we continued to score and it was good that we learned that lesson. Every time out, we were reminding them."

Virginia opened poorly on offense, hitting only one of its first nine shots. Maryland turned the ball over at a fervent pace, but led for most of the first half because its 43 percent shooting was better than the Cavaliers' 35 percent.

Gibson, who scored 16 points for the Terps, hit a jump shot with 8: 11 remaining in the first half as Maryland took a 16-12 lead. That lead reached five points when Marche Strickland made a three-point play at the 7: 09 mark.

But, similar to the end of the game, the Cavaliers scored the last nine of the first half, turning a 25-18 deficit into a 27-25 halftime lead.

With four turnovers in the first three minutes after the break, the Terps yielded a 12-4 run that left them behind 39-29 after a Lesley Brown basket with 15: 55 left.

VIRGINIA -- Brown 2-4 0-0 4, Foote 5-12 3-4 13, Walker 5-12 3-5 13, Stovall 6-15 5-7 19, Robinson 3-6 1-2 7, Quarles 0-2 0-0 0, Kravchenko 1-2 0-0 2, Volnaya 3-6 0-0 7, Hosac 1-5 2-2 4, Lias 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-64 14-20 69.

MARYLAND -- Warley 9-13 5-5 23, Gibson 6-17 2-2 16, Bogunovic 2-7 0-1 4, Brown 0-3 3-4 3, Strickland 1-6 3-3 5, Perry 0-0 0-0 0, Agba 0-0 0-0 0, Gabriel 0-0 0-0 0, Ferris 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 20-51 13-15 55.

Halftime--Virginia 27-25. 3-point goals--Virginia 3-15 (Stovall 2-7, Volnaya 1-3, Hosac 0-2, Foote 0-1, Robinson 0-1, Quarles 0-1), Maryland 2-8 (Gibson 2-6, Brown 0-2). Fouled out--Brown. Rebounds--Virginia 39 (Foote 8), Maryland 38 (Warley 12). Assists--Virginia 17 (Robinson 9), Maryland 15 (Brown 6). Total fouls--Virginia 17, Maryland 17. A--993.

Pub Date: 2/09/99

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