Terps women stop ACC tourney drought

Maryland edges Wake, faces No. 2 UNC today

College Basketball

March 02, 2002|By James Giza | James Giza,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Maryland women's basketball team simply wasn't used to this.

A 26-point, second-half lead? In the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament? The Terrapins sauntered into the Greensboro Coliseum yesterday looking for their first win in postseason conference play since 1998, meaning that none of them, seniors included, had ever known that simple pleasure.

And the excitement was almost too much for them to bear.

Overcoming a serious case of butterflies, the eighth-seeded Terps narrowly avoided another one-and-done showing, escaping with a 72-66 win against No. 7 seed Wake Forest.

And so, it was relief that permeated Maryland's locker room afterward.

"We got a little nervous," said a smiling Deedee Warley, the Terps senior forward who scored a game-high-tying 12 points, eight of them on free throws. "It's been a while since we won in the first round, so I think we were just overwhelmed."

Said Maryland coach Chris Weller: "We tried to visualize the win and we had a much more exciting celebration at the end than this one."

The Terps (13-16) face second-seeded North Carolina (22-7) today at 4:30 p.m. in the second round, an opportunity they can credit in large part to a huge second-half run.

After Wake forward Tracy Alston hit a jumper 10 seconds into the second half to cut Maryland's lead to 29-28, the Terps ran off 25 unanswered points. Forward Renneika Razor had eight points during that stretch, as the Terps turned long rebounds and defensive stoops into easy transition buckets.

"We were just trying to run them and get as many fast-break points as possible," said point guard Vicki Brick (McDonogh), who scored 12 points and handed out five assists.

But the Demon Deacons answered with a run of their own, outscoring the Terps 24-8 to cut the lead to 60-52 with 3:31 left in the game.

The deficit got down to seven points with 1:35 to go, but the Terps hit six of 10 free throws down the stretch, including three from Brick, to seal the win.

"We never lost our poise, and I'm very proud of that," said Weller, who is one win away from 500 for her career.

MARYLAND-Razor 4-6 3-4 11, Harrell 4-4 2-2 10, Warley 2-6 8-10 12, Brick 3-4 6-8 12, Strickland 2-5 2-3 6, Daniels 0-6 0-2 0, Smith 3-6 2-2 9, Melbourne 4-5 4-6 12. Totals 22-42 27-37 72.

WAKE FOREST-Alston 4-4 1-1 9, Listenbee 1-4 3-4 5, Robinson 4-11 0-0 8, Harris 0-0 0-0 0, T. Brown 3-11 4-6 11, B. Brown 2-7 4-5 9, Klopfer 0-1 0-0 0, Bjorklund 1-2 0-0 2, Johnson 3-6 0-2 9, Bell 1-2 0-0 2, Hill 3-9 1-2 10, Ferrell 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 22-59 14-22 66. Halftime-Maryland 29-26. 3-point goals-Maryland 1-9 (Smith 1-3, Brick 0-1, Strickland 0-1, Daniels 0-4), Wake Forest 8-25 (Johnson 3-6, Hill 3-6, B. Brown 1-3, T. Brown 1-7, Klopfer 0-1, Bell 0-1, Ferrell 0-1). Fouled out-Listenbee. Rebounds-Maryland 35 (Razor 8), Wake Forest 30 (Robinson, Hill 6). Assists-Maryland 12 (Brick 5), Wake Forest 12 (Harris, B. Brown 4). Total fouls-Maryland 20, Wake Forest 24.

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