This time, Terps women fall respectably

68-57 loss to N. Carolina big step up from Dec. 30

College Basketball

February 01, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - It could be said the University of Maryland women's basketball team has significantly closed the gap.

Just not quite enough against the likes of North Carolina.

The Tar Heels provided an opening with a slow start last night, but the Terrapins were unable to take full advantage and thus wasted a fast second-half start in a bid to come back, falling, 68-57, at Cole Field House.

"The first time, we lost by 27. This time, we lost by 11, so we're obviously headed in the right direction," said Terps coach Chris Weller. "We just have to keep working on doing that, staying focused ... it's been a big improvement since the last game."

To get even in the all-time series at 26 games each, the Tar Heels needed to put in a full night's work - with the Terrapins showing no quit, but not enough firepower and not enough accuracy from the free-throw line.

Maryland finished hitting just 13 of 24 from the line to fall to 10-11 overall and 3-7 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

North Carolina senior guard Nikki Teasley, the St. John's-Prospect Hall grad, flashed a crossover dribble that had the fans in awe, but it was her three-point shooting, steady play at the point and her late-game defense against Terps senior guard Marche Strickland that most frustrated the Terps.

The Tar Heels (16-6, 6-4 in the ACC) have now won two straight since a three-game slide.

"It was a big win for us," said Teasley. "We went through a stretch there where we lost three straight, so it was important for us to get this game and it was important to me because it's my last year.

"I think the whole right side in front of the Maryland bench was my family, so I'm just happy we came up with the win," she added.

Trailing 36-25 at the half, the Terps scored the first eight second-half points behind Strickland, who finished with a team-high 15 points.

NORTH CAROLINA-Thomas 4-7 2-4 10, Teasley 4-7 1-4 12, Sutton 2-9 0-0 4, Brown 7-11 2-2 19, Metcalf 0-3 0-0 0, Laaksonsen 0-0 1-2 1, Chambers 0-1 0-0 0, Bell 2-8 0-0 4, McBee 2-6 4-5 8, Baptist 3-7 4-4 10. Totals 24-59 14-21 68. MARYLAND-Razor 0-2 1-4 1, Harrell 5-14 1-2 11, Melbourne 1-5 2-2 4, Daniels 2-4 0-0 5, Strickland 7-15 1-1 15, Brick 2-2 1-2 5, Washington 0-1 0-2 0, Smith 1-6 0-0 3, Warley 3-5 7-11 13. Totals 21-54 13-24 57. Halftime-North Carolina 36-25. 3-point goals-North Carolina 6-14 (Teasley 3-4, Brown 3-6, Metcalf 0-2, Chambers 0-1, McBee 0-1); Maryland 2-10 (Daniels 1-2, Strickland 0-5, Smith 1-3). Fouled out-none. Rebounds-North Carolina 40 (Baptist 9); Maryland 39 (Harrell 8). Assists-North Carolina 18 (Teasley 6); Maryland 16 (Razor 7). Total fouls-North Carolina 26; Maryland 21. A-2148.

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