Devils leave Terps half-empty

Second-half reversal lifts No. 5 women to 66-55 win

February 03, 2002|By Tommy Ventre | Tommy Ventre,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Entering halftime, Maryland coach Chris Weller was feeling pretty good. The Terps women's basketball team was defending well, forcing turnovers and hitting shots at crucial times against No. 5 Duke. It had the Blue Devils on the ropes and was within a point of the lead.

But all that went out the window in the first four minutes of the second half as the Blue Devils stormed out of the locker room on a decisive 10-2 run. That and their newfound intensity carried them to a 66-55 victory before 2,746 at Cole Field House.

Alana Beard led Duke (19-3, 11-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) with a game-high 19 points. Junior guard Renneika Razor paced the Terps (10-12, 3-8) with 16.

"I thought we did a much better job in the second half," said Duke coach Gail Goestenkors. "Defensively, we started picking up full-court a little bit more. They were in a really nice rhythm offensively ... and I think it got them out of rhythm a little bit. Offensively, I think we were looking to be more patient."

Duke guard Monique Currie scored seven of her team's 10 points in the run to open the second half, hitting two layups and converting a three-point play to stretch the lead to 40-31. Maryland got within 48-40 with 10 minutes left, but two straight three-pointers from Vicki Krapohl put the game out of reach. Still, Weller was pleased with her team's play.

"We're disappointed that we didn't get a win, but I think the good news is I think we have clearly in the last two games established what we consider to be positive momentum," she said.

Beard's scoring output was the lowest of her career against Maryland. In three games against the Terrapins before last night, the All-American had averaged 23.5 points and scored more than 30 twice. Switching defensive matchups on her proved effective, Weller said.

Razor was at the center of a tense moment with about three minutes remaining when she took an inadvertent elbow to the face from Currie. Razor was down on the court for about 30 seconds but left under her own power, albeit with a bloody nose. She did not return.

DUKE-Tillis 1-10 2-2 4, Matyasovsky 2-5 1-1 5, Krapohl 4-5 0-0 12, Beard 9-14 1-2 19, Currie 5-8 4-5 14, Mosch 1-2 0-0 2, Gingrich 1-3 1-2 4, Whitley 1-2 4-4 6. Totals 24-49 13-16 66. MARYLAND-Razor 5-6 6-11 16, Warley 5-8 1-5 11, Melbourne 1-3 0-0 2, Daniels 1-8 0-0 2, Strickland 6-12 0-0 13, Brick 0-3 0-0 0, Harrell 0-1 1-2 1, Smith 4-13 1-2 10. Totals 22-54 9-20 55. Halftime-Duke, 30-29. 3-point goals-Duke 5-12 (Krapohl 4-5, Gingrich 1-2, Matyasovsky 0-1, Beard 0-1, Currie 0-1, Tillis 0-2); Maryland 2-10 (Strickland 1-2, Smith 1-4, Razor 0-1, Daniels 0-3). Fouled out-Currie. Rebounds-Duke 38 (Tillis 12); Maryland 24 (Warley 7). Assists-Duke 16 (Tillis, Krapohl 4); Maryland 12 (Daniels, Smith 4). Total fouls-Duke 19; Maryland 10. A-2,746.

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