No. 16 Maryland 69, No. 7 Duke 47

Maryland fans learn at an early age how important it is to beat

Duke.

When Maryland coach Brenda Frese woke up Thursday morning, she

asked one of her 3-year-old twins, ”Do you know what today

is?”

Frese expected her son to answer, ”It’s my birthday.”

Instead, Tyler said, ”You play Duke?”

Lynetta Kizer scored 17 points, and the 16th-ranked Terrapins

beat No. 7 Duke 69-47 Thursday night to drop the Blue Devils into a

three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

”We played a real dominating 40 minutes,” Frese said. ”It’s

always a special win when we can beat Duke.”

It was the Terrapins’ most lopsided win over the Blue Devils

since an 82-51 rout in 1993, and it gave Maryland a 38-37 lead in

the rivalry. The Terrapins also avenged last month’s 71-64 defeat

at Duke.

”It means a lot. Anytime we can beat Duke, that’s always

best,” Kizer said.

The Terrapins (21-5, 7-4) let a 12-point lead dwindle to 39-38

before pulling away. The victory enabled Maryland to avoid its

first three-game skid of the season.

Duke (23-3, 9-2) shot only 35 percent, committed 20 turnovers

and was outrebounded 42-31.

”Not a great game for us and a terrific game for Maryland,”

Duke coach Joanne McCallie said. ”We turn the ball over 20 times,

22 second-chance points for them, get outrebounded. That pretty

much explains it.”

After starting the season with 20 straight wins, the Blue Devils

are 3-3 in their last six games.

Jasmine Thomas led Duke with 12 points but committed eight

turnovers.

”From a senior, from a point guard, that’s unacceptable,”

Thomas said. ”Your team feeds off what you’re doing, and if I’m

careless with the ball, I think that trickles down.”

Allison Vernerey also scored 12. Chelsea Gray, who had totaled

43 points in her last three games, was sick and did not make the

trip.

The defeat dropped the Blue Devils into a tie atop the ACC

standings with Miami and Florida State.

”There is no excuse for the way we played tonight,” McCallie

said. ”There is absolutely none.”

Successive layups by Alyssa Thomas put Maryland up 35-23 with 17

minutes left. Soon after that, Jasmine Thomas scored five points

and Chloe Wells contributed two baskets to a 13-2 spree that got

Duke to 39-38.

Tianna Hawkins answered with two straight layups for the

Terrapins, Diandra Tchatchouang drilled a 3-pointer and Dara Taylor

bounced a jumper off the glass for a 48-38 lead.

That began a 30-9 run to the final buzzer.

Alyssa Thomas had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Hawkins scored

10 to help the Terps bounce back from successive losses to Miami

and Virginia.

An ugly first half that featured 22 turnovers and 19 field goals

ended with Maryland holding a 27-19 lead.

Eager to break an annoying pattern of slow starts, the Terrapins

instead went scoreless for nearly 4 minutes and fell behind

7-0.

But Duke couldn’t get a grip on the basketball, and Maryland

used a 14-1 run to take a 25-17 lead. Sixteen of the Terrapins’ 27

first-half points followed a turnover by the Blue Devils.

Duke went 7 for 19 from the floor with 14 turnovers before

halftime but stayed close because Maryland shot only 36 percent and

missed all five of its foul shots.