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FIfty-Fifty split with Duke WLAX gets the Rec WBB the frown

The Duke Blue Devils women’s basketball team came to Comcast Center on Sunday and clearly demonstrated that their fifteen point win in Durham two weeks ago was neither an accident of play nor a benefit of kind officiating. The game looked promising at the outset as the team took the floor in the women’s version of the Pride uniforms in front of a raucous crowd of over 15,000. The Terps took an early 5-4 lead on a traditional three point play from Alicia DeVaughn but Duke raced the ball up court and scored on an easy layup to retake the lead in a matter of seconds. Maryland responded when Chloe Pavlech dropped in a teardrop jumper with the shot clock winding down. After a missed jumper by Duke, the Terps would take their largest lead of the day on a sequence that featured three missed three point jumpers and three offensive rebounds. Unfortunately for Marylnad fans, the missed jumpers rather than the offensive rebounds represented the game’s motif. The Devils scored four straight to take back the lead. Tianna Hawkins responded with a jumper off a nice feed from Thomas to give the Terps their last lead of the day at 11-10. Duke then went on a 9-0 run to take an eight point lead. The teams traded baskets but after a Malina Howard jumper brought the Terps to within six at 21-15, Duke ran off seven straight to push the lead into double digits at 28-15 with six and a half minutes left in the first half. While the Terrapins had a few open looks, Duke built their lead on solid defense and smooth execution on offense that also took the crown out of the game. The teams essentially traded baskets to the end of the half and the Terps faced a 12 point deficit at the break. A look at the stat sheet painted a picture of the Devils’ dominance. Duke shot 47% from the floor, out rebounded the Terps by three, and had a 20-12 edge in points in the paint. And with respect to tat motif I mentioned earlier, Maryland shot 0-9 from behind the arc.

The Terps showed some energy on the offensive end of the floor at the start of the second half but Duke answered basket for basket and Maryland couldn’t cut into Dukes’s lead until an offensive put back by Hawkins pulled the Terps within eight forcing Duke to call a time out with just over sixteen minutes to play. Whatever the coach told them worked as the Devils came out of the time out to score seven straight and bump the lead to fifteen. Duke would extend that to their largest margin of the game at 17 with eleven minutes to go. Trailing 54-37, the Terrapins finally went on a significant run of their own scoring nine straight with three consecutive baskets from Alyssa Thomas capped off by Katie Rutan’s first made three pointer of the game. That shot cut the Duke lead to eight with just under eight minutes remaining and had Comcast rocking. The Terps would come no closer. Duke responded with a 5-0 run to effectively put the game on ice taking a 59-46 lead with four and a half minutes to go. Maryland began to foul but Duke was perfect from the line down the stretch and left Comcast with a comfortable 75-59 win. Maryland travels to Tallahassee to face the Seminoles Thursday night before closing out the regular season at home on Sunday against Wake Forest.

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The Terrapin women’s lacrosse team fared much better taking care of the Blue Devils by a score of 15-6 at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. Duke won the opening draw and worked the ball for an excellent shot opportunity but Kasey Howard made a big save. After their first shot hit the post, Maryland took a lead they would never relinquish when junior Beth Glaros scored on a free position shot. Duke appeared to control the next draw but Maryland knocked the ball loose and freshman midfielder Taylor Cummings out hustled and out raced a Duke player to the loose ground ball and earned herself an easy one on one against the Duke goalie in the process. Maryland two Duke nothing. Duke cut the lead in half on a nice one on one move against a Terp defender with 23:33 left in the half. The Devils wouldn’t score again for over 23 minutes. Maryland meanwhile would stretch the lead to 3-1 on an outstanding attack from the top of the circle by sophomore Brooke Griffin; then to 4-1 just thirty seconds or so later when Jen Mendez scored off an assist from Katie Schwarzmann; then to 5-1 when, after the Terps won their second straight draw, scored on a free position shot; then to 6-1 on Griffin’s second goal of the game with the assist to Aust; then to 7-1 on another free position goal from Griffin; then to 8-1 when Schwarzmann found Griffin who flashed a quick pass to sophomore Kristin Lamon who scored from point blank range; and finally to 9-1 off another free position shot by Glaros. Duke finally broke through the stout Maryland defense to score with nine seconds to go in the half. Although I’ve focused on the offense, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Terrapin effort on defense and in controlling ground balls. The Terps played hard aggressive defense no only protecting the goal but in the midfield as well frequently forcing Duke into long unproductive passes as well as several turnovers. Maryland pitched a shutout in the first half getting to eight ground balls to Duke’s none.

The late first half goal seemed to give the Devil’s some life coming out of the locker room as they would score the first two goals – the first just 47 seconds in and four of the first five to cut Maryland’s lead to four at 10-6. Even facing this mini Duke run and a more aggressive opponent going after ground balls, Maryland remined quite patient looking for their scoring opportunities. They found one when Schwarzmann hit a flashing Kelly McPartland to boost the lead to five with just over eight minutes left. The Terps went back up by six on a terrific one on one move by Aust coming from behind the cage and scoring from a tough angle. After strong effort by Schwarzmann to control the draw, the lead again became seven when McPartland found Cummings for the Terps fourth goal of the half. Leading 13-6, Maryland had a golden opportunity when the Duke goalie stepped out of bounds with control of the ball. They didn’t miss it as Griffin found Schwarzmann for the easy score. The Terps closed out the scoring with three and a half minutes to go as Cummings hit fellow freshman Halle Majorana with a nice feed for the goal. Howard was solid in goal for the Terrapins posting seven saves. The Terps travel to Charlottesville Friday night to take on the Virginia Cavaliers.

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I’m running out of steam here so I will briefly mention that the Maryland baseball team again swept a double header from Oakland taking the opener 8-0 and winning the night cap by a score of 4-3 in ten innings.

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The softball team didn’t fare well on its trip to the west coast dropping all five of their contests. They faced ranked teams in four of the five games and did show some fight at the end. After dropping their first three games by lopsided scores, the lost by one to 16th ranked UCLA and also by one to eighth ranked California.



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