Three times this season Maryland has faced times ranked higher than itself in the national polls. Feb. 17 marked the third time the Terps were embarrassed by the higher ranked team. Duke was the victor this time, winning at home 84-63.
Like the losses to Connecticut and Notre Dame, the Blue Devils blowout was on national television. Maryland shot only 32 percent from the floor. Duke, on the other hand, shot 53 percent for the game and eight-of-13 from beyond the arc. The Blue Devils held a 44-37 advantage on the boards.
The Terrapins closed to 53-48 with just under 11 minutes remaining, but Duke followed with three straight threes and a pair of free throws to make it 64-48 with 8:17 left. The Devils never looked back.
Duke guards Alexis Jones and Richa Jackson attacked the Terps for 22 and 19 points, respectively. Elizabeth Williams owned the paint pulling down 11 caroms and 17 points. Tricia Liston contributed another 12 points.
Seven times this month Maryland press releases introduced Alyssa Thomas as a “National Player of the Year candidate.” After Monday’s game she was just “preseason ACC Player of the Year.” Thomas led the Terps with 14 points and 12 rebounds, but she shot only five-of-16. Where was the rest of the team when Thomas was double- and triple-teamed?
Lexie Brown added 13 points, but only shot four-of-15. Alicia DeVaughn added 10 points and eight boards.
Earlier in the day, Associated Press ranked Duke 7th and Maryland 8th in the latest poll. Duke improved to 23-3, 10-2 in the ACC. Maryland fell to fourth in the conference at 20-5, 8-4.
The Apprentice School rallied from an 11-point second half deficit to top[ Washington Adventist 71-70 Feb. 17 in Takoma Park.
Kelsey Daniels hit a lay up with 49 seconds left to put the Builders ahead 70-68. Shanae Hilliard added what would become the game winning free throw with 23 seconds giving the Builders 71-68 lead.
Apprentice (19-4) extended the lead to five with 3:50 left to play, but WAU battled back by scoring eight straight points and tying the game at 68-68 with 49 seconds on the clock on a jumper by Rashawnda Carter. Carter drove baseline with 14 seconds remaining to make the score 71-70, but a turnover in the final seconds sealed WAU’s fate.
Carter shot 10-for-16 from the field and led the Shock with 22 points. Re’gene Watson finished with 20 points. Courtney Cayard contributed 17 points. WAU fell to 9-16.
Hilliard led her team with 22 points and five assists, while Daniels had 20 points and eight rebounds. Courtney Collins added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Apprentice.