Maryland women keep focus, win, 77-67

Duke looms, but Terps first take care of Wake

February 11, 2005|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - With a pivotal game against Atlantic Coast Conference-leader Duke looming, the Maryland women's basketball team could have been looking past Wake Forest, second to last in the league, last night.

The Demon Deacons proved to be tough, but the visitors could not climb out of a 19-point hole in the second half as the No. 19 Terps avoided embarrassment by winning, 77-67, before 3,366 at Comcast Center.

Four Maryland players recorded double-digit point totals - freshman center Crystal Langhorne led the way with 15 points and seven rebounds - as the Terps (17-5 overall and 6-4 in the ACC) extended their winning streak to four games and moved into a fourth-place tie with Florida State (20-5, 6-4) in the conference standings.

Maryland can now focus on Sunday's showdown with the No. 3 Blue Devils (22-2, 8-1), who visit the Comcast Center at 3 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast nationally by ESPN2.

But sophomore guard Shay Doron said the Terps weren't thinking about Duke last night.

"We need to take care of every game, whether [the opponent is] in first place or in last place," said Doron, who had 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists. "We definitely weren't looking past Wake Forest."

Besides Langhorne and Doron, Maryland got 12 points and seven rebounds from freshman forward Jade Perry and 12 points in 19 minutes from freshman guard Ashleigh Newman.

Newman, a reserve who scored a career-high 21 points in the Terps' 87-82 win at Clemson last Sunday, was 5-for-8 from the field and connected on the team's only two three-pointers.

"I definitely have my confidence up now," Newman said. "Just coming off the bench and being a spark, I know that helps the team."

Maryland converted 49.3 percent of its field-goal attempts, while the Demon Deacons shot just 37.3 percent. Wake Forest (13-9, 2-7) rebounded from a 70-51 deficit late in the second half and trimmed the lead to eight when sophomore guard Porsche Jones (18 points) hit a three-pointer with two minutes left.

But senior Terps guard Anesia Smith and Doron made back-to-back jumpers and the Demon Deacons were headed for their fourth straight loss.

Wake Forest junior guard Liz Strunk also scored 18 points, but Deacons coach Mike Petersen said the Terps had too many weapons.

"They're a real good offensive team," said Petersen, whose squad has dropped five of its past six games with Maryland. "They've got great balance. They can score inside and on the perimeter. ... When you've got a lot of ways to score, then you become very hard to guard."

WAKE FOREST - Johnson 3-9 0-0 7, Ferrell 4-12 2-2 10, Jones 5-9 7-7 18, Strunk 8-19 1-1 18, Bond-Young 3-14 0-0 9, Tate 1-1 0-0 3, Brown 1-1 0-0 2, Bennett 0-1 0-0 0, Bell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-67 10-10 67.

MARYLAND - Perry 6-11 0-0 12, Langhorne 7-11 1-3 15, Doron 6-14 2-2 14, France 2-11 0-0 4, Smith 4-8 0-0 8, Newman 5-8 0-0 12, Carr 3-4 0-0 6, Noirez 2-4 2-2 6. Totals 35-71 5-7 77.

Halftime-Maryland, 41-32. 3-point goals-Wake Forest 7-24 (Bond-Young 3-11, Jones 1-1, Tate 1-1, Johnson 1-4, Strunk 1-7), Maryland 2-10 (Newman 2-4, Doron 0-3, France 0-3). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Wake Forest 36 (Ferrell 13), Maryland 42 (Doron, Smith 8). Assists-Wake Forest 16 (Bond-Young 5), Maryland 21 (Smith 10). Total fouls-Wake Forest 9, Maryland 11. A-3,366.

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