UM women miss shots, Razor in Duke rout

19-1 deficit only grows as No. 2 wins ACC, 97-55

February 25, 2003|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Just when Maryland's prospects in last night's women's basketball game against No. 2 Duke couldn't get any worse, the news came that the Terps' best player, Renneika Razor, wouldn't play because of a concussion she suffered late in a loss to Virginia last week.

And the game unfolded the way one would expect in the sequel of a 49-point Blue Devils victory, with the favored visitors jumping out to a 19-1 lead over the first 9:56, en route to a 97-55 win over Maryland at Comcast Center.

Freshman Lindsey Harding had 19 points and five assists and national Player of the Year candidate Alana Beard scored 18 points for Duke (26-1, 14-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which earned its third straight league regular-season title with its 38th straight win in the conference.

It was a less-than-gallant end for the Terps (10-16, 4-11), whose road won't get easier against No. 6 North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Thursday night. It was Maryland's final home game, so the school honored Terri Daniels (St. Mary's), Brie Jackson and Razor, who collided with Virginia's Liz Shahin in the final minute Feb. 20.

Headaches persisted into yesterday afternoon and Maryland's medical staff would not clear Razor for the game.

"When we first found out, we were rattled. She went through shoot-around, and that is a suggestion that she would play," said Chrissy Fisher, who led the Terps with 15 points. "It was a shock, but you have to come out and make adjustments and step up and do things."

Without Razor, who averages 16.4 points, the team went 10:07 before making its first field goal of the game.

Though Maryland would shoot 17 percent for the half, Duke didn't get going until it scored 16 points in a three-minute run. Reserve forward Wynter Whitley's jumper at the 8:04 mark gave the Blue Devils a 28-8 lead.

The Terps committed 14 of their 24 turnovers on the way to a 41-14 halftime deficit. Despite 14 points from Vicki Brick and 10 from Crystal Washington, the gap would grow in the second half.

Yet, Maryland coach Brenda Frese lauded her team's effort. "I was proud of how we battled," Frese said. "There's a lot we can draw from this and that should give us some confidence."

DUKE--Beard 6-10 6-8 18, Tillis 2-6 2-4 7, Matyasovsky 1-4 0-0 2, Harding 9-14 1-2 19, Krapohl 3-7 0-0 8, bass 3-5 1-2 7, Mosch 4-6 4-5 12, Smith 1-1 1-2 3, Foley 3-7 1-2 8, Whitley 5-6 3-3 13. Totals 37-66 19-28 97. MARYLAND--Fisher 5-12 2-4 15, Carr 1-3 2-3 4, Oliver 1-7 0-0 2, Daniels 0-6 5-6 5, Brick 5-16 4-4 14, Jackson 0-1 0-0 0, Washington 4-9 2-3 10, Smith 103 0-0 2, Ross 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 18-61 16-22 55.

Halftime--Duke, 41-14. 3-point goals--Duke 4-10 (Tillis 1-1, Foley 1-2, Krapohl 2-5, Beard 0-1, Matyasovsky 0-1); Maryland 3-12 (Fisher 3-7, Oliver 0-1, Smith 0-1, Daniels 0-3). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Duke 37 (Tillis 7); Maryland 42 (Washington 9). Assists--Duke 20 (Harding 5); Maryland 9 (Daniels 4). A--4,167.

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