UM women ousted by N. Carolina, 78-53

Heels blitz Terrapins in ACC quarterfinal

March 03, 2002|By Ian Gordon | Ian Gordon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The halftime adjustments just didn't work yesterday for the Maryland women's basketball team during its 78-53 loss to North Carolina at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The Terps finished the first half of the ACC tournament quarterfinal trailing by nine points.

The eighth-seeded Terrapins had stayed close to the second-seeded Tar Heels throughout the first half, and, despite a late 6-0 run by North Carolina, Maryland entered the second half closer than it had in two losses to North Carolina this season.

But apparently, the troubles the Terps had before the break were just the beginning of Maryland's problems. North Carolina began the second half with a 17-2 run and never looked back.

"Right before the half, we took some ill-advised shots that let them get going," Maryland coach Chris Weller said. "We talked about it at halftime, and it seemed like maybe that put a damper on us, I don't know."

Maryland (13-17) struggled to find any offensive rhythm out of the second-half gate. The Terps made just one of their first seven second-half shots until Marche Strickland hit a three-pointer with 12:43 left in the half.

But by then, the game had all but slipped away from the Terps.

The Tar Heels (23-7) used an inside-out combination to free up open looks for guards Coretta Brown and Nikki Teasley (St. John's at Prospect Hall). Brown dropped in 23 points, and Teasley led Carolina with 25 points on 7-for-12 shooting.

In turn, the success of North Carolina's perimeter players allowed center Candace Sutton to consistently exploit one-on-one matchups with the Terps' post players. Sutton finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

"Our guards kind of let down in terms of keeping pressure on their perimeter players, and they were able to get the ball into Sutton," Weller said.

Carolina out-rebounded Maryland, 45-23, and held a 21-8 advantage in the second half.

"I knew that rebounding would be a major, major key," North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell said.

Early on, though, the Terps hung close while both teams struggled to find their shooting strokes.

As the half progressed, the Tar Heels edged ahead of the Terps, and soon thereafter, Teasley started to take over on the offensive end.

Said Strickland: "I think we fought harder last night than we did today. We had to come out with the same intensity today as we did yesterday, and we didn't."

MARYLAND--Harrell 4-8 2-2 10, Warley 4-8 0-0 8, Brick 3-9 2-2 8, Strickland 2-9 4-4 10, Razor 2-7 0-0 4, Daniels 1-3 0-0 3, Agba 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 1-4 0-0 3, Melbourne 0-3 7-8 7. Totals 17-51 15-16 53. NORTH CAROLINA--Thomas 1-2 0-0 2, Sutton 9-17 1-3 19, Brown 10-21 0-0 23, Metcalf 2-5 0-0 4, Teasley 7-12 9-11 25, Laaksonen 0-0 0-0 0, Chambers 0-1 0-0 0, Bell 0-0 0-0 0, McBee 0-1 0-0 0, Baptist 2-3 0-0 4, Davis 0-0 1-2 1, Coughran 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-63 11-16 78. Halftime--North Carolina, 37-28. 3-point goals--Maryland 4-8 (Stricklan 2-4, Daniels 1-2, Smith 1-2), UNC 5-13 (Brown 3-7, Teasley 2-4, Chambers 0-1, Metcalf 0-1). Rebounds--Maryland 23 (Brick, Harrell, Razor, Warley 4), UNC 45 (Baptist, Sutton 10). Assists--Maryland 11 (Brick 7), UNC 11 (Teasley 5). Total fouls--Maryland 16, UNC 17.

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