Women's Basketball ACCtion: Monday, January 14
Jan. 14, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Marissa Coleman scored a career-high tying 30 points, and No. 4 Maryland pulled away to an 85-70 victory over 10th-ranked Duke on Monday night before 15,531 fans, the fifth-largest crowd in Atlantic Coast Conference history.
It was the 10th straight win for the Terrapins (20-1, 4-0), who blew a 13-point lead in the second half but never trailed. Kristi Toliver scored 19 of her 21 points after halftime, Crystal Langhorne finished with 16 and Laura Harper added 13.
Coleman made a 3-pointer, a layup and two free throws in a 13-0 run that made it 81-68 with 2:09 left. The junior forward went 9-for-13 from the floor and 8-for-11 at the line.
Maryland had lost nine straight at home against Duke (13-4, 2-1). The Terrapins outscored the Blue Devils 33-10 at the foul line.
Carrem Gay and Jasmine Thomas each scored 17 for the Blue Devils, whose eight-game winning streak ended.
Down 13 early in the first half, Duke used its second 10-0 run of the game to close to 47-44. Maryland upped the advantage to 9 points, but simply couldn't pull away.
Baskets by Gay and Thomas made it 60-55, and after Toliver answered with a long 3-pointer as the shot-clock was about the expire, Gay made a three-point play to keep Duke within 5.
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Christy Brown posted a career high 20 points and Sthefany Thomas added 19 in leading the Clemson women's basketball team to an 85-73 road victory over Wake Forest on Monday night.
The Lady Tigers (8-10, 1-2 ACC) were 8-of-9 from the foul line in the final 1:10 to secure their first conference win of the year. They shot a season-high 52.5-percent (32-61) from the field for their 85 points, which were the most Clemson has scored this season.
D'Lesha Lloyd recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and is now 23rd on the Clemson career scoring list. The senior from Columbia, SC has totaled 938 as a Lady Tiger. She was 7-for-8 on Monday night and converted both of her free throw attempts.
In their most productive first half of the season, the Lady Tigers posted 42 for a one-point edge at the break. Clemson scored on its opening three possessions and led by as many as 12 early in the contest. The Deacs cut margin to just three with nine minutes remaining and tied the game at 32 apiece at the 4:00 mark.
Wake Forest lead by two with just seconds left in the half before Lele Hardy drove up the court to drain a three as time expired for her first field goal of the game.