Terps women flunk board exam in 72-59 loss to North Carolina

No. 13 visitors hit glass for key 10-0, 11-0 spurts

January 20, 2004|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - There was a familiar sight for those who watched the Maryland women lose to No. 13 North Carolina, 72-59, last night at Comcast Center.

It was the Tar Heels out-rebounding the Terps and converting the possessions into points.

This often-repeated scene represented the downfall for Maryland (12-5, 4-2 Atlantic Coast), which could have taken sole possession of second place.

Having already exceeded last year's win total by two with six weeks left in the regular season, the Terps have been foiled by rebounding woes in their four highest-profile games to-date - No. 7 Penn State, Virginia Tech, No. 3 Texas Tech and North Carolina. The margin has averaged minus-16.3 in the four losses, including a 45-32 edge for the Tar Heels, who were led by freshman forward Camille Little's 14 points and 15 rebounds.

North Carolina (14-2, 4-1) had 19 second-chance baskets. It didn't help that the Terps committed 20 turnovers, wasting a 19-point, eight-rebound effort by Delvona Oliver.

"It comes down to rebounding and transition, and we just had an extremely difficult night doing the little things," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "It was a great measuring stick. ... We're disappointed. This hurts, because we're a better team than the way we played."

The Terps came into the game on a 5-1 run, and hoping to finish the job it couldn't last year when North Carolina escaped College Park with an 83-82 win. When Shay Doron's jumper at the 8:01 mark in the first half gave the team a 20-18 lead, an upset seemed possible with Kalika France scoring nine of her 11 points before the break.

But defensively, Maryland's troubles on the boards played a role in two destructive junctures. The first came during a 10-0 run (six on second-chance baskets) that put the Tar Heels up 28-20 at the 5:12 mark.

France's follow of a Doron miss put Maryland within 38-37 with 17:21 left in the game.

But the rebounding demons returned 22 seconds later, when three chances yielded a La'Tangela Atkinson put-back to start a run of 11 straight points for North Carolina.

"We didn't make a great effort in stopping them or slowing them down, in rebounding and transition," France said.

NORTH CAROLINA-Little 4-13 4-6 14, Bell 6-12 0-0 12, Sutton 3-8 5-7 11, Latta 4-9 0-0 10, Metcalf 0-3 3-4 3, Nelms 1-1 0-0 2, Atkinson 5-9 3-4 13, McBee 1-4 2-3 4, Tucker 0-0 0-0 0, Sell 1-1 0-0 3, Davis 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-61 17-24 72. MARYLAND-Washington 1-6 0-0 2, Oliver 7-11 4-6 19, Doron 3-10 0-0 6, France 3-9 3-5 11, Smith 1-3 0-0 2, Brick 1-1 1-2 3, Spence 1-2 2-2 5, Carr 0-0 0-0 0, Ross 0-0 0-0 0, Fisher 1-6 4-4 7, Noirez 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 20-53 14-19 59. Halftime-North Carolina, 38-30. 3-point goals-North Carolina 5-11 (Latta 2-3, Little 2-4, Sell 1-1, Atkinson 0-1, Metcalf 0-2), Maryland 5-16 (France 2-4, Spence 1-2, Fisher 1-3, Oliver 1-3, Doron 0-4). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-North Carolina 45 (Little 15), Maryland 32 (Oliver, France 8). Assists-North Carolina 14 (Metcalf 4), Maryland 9 (Smith 3). Total fouls-North Carolina 18, Maryland 18. A-3,245.

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