Duke 75, Maryland 64. January 14th, 2001. Cole Field House.
I didn't see this game, but I will pass on a few notes. Alana Beard
continues to outdo herself, break Chris Moreland's 16-year old single game
frosh scoring record by netting 33--with 29 coming in the second half.
Alana has also already broken the frosh season steals record, with her 61
surpassing Katie Meier's 58. And current Duke coach Joanne Boyle's overall
season season mark of 75 is in extreme danger. For her efforts, Alana
named both ACC Player and Rookie of the Week. This is the first time
this has ever happened in the history of the conference.
As to the game itself, Georgia Schweitzer had an awful stomach flu that
would have kept most mortals at home. Instead, she played 33 minutes and
had 4 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds. Not her usual high-impact offensive
game, but she kept control of the team and ran things well.
The first half started out tight, with Duke holding only a 1 point lead
five minutes into the half, but Duke's guards staked them to a 9 point lead.
The scoring was very balanced, with Mosch, Beard and West taking turns
hittingshots. A Tillis three gave Duke a 28-20 lead with about three minutes to
go, but Duke went through another one of their flaky periods and allowed
the Terps to tie the score. Three turnovers, missed layups and lots of
fouls, combined with some good foul shooting and scoring off a steal helped
the Terps get right back into it. While Matyasovsky missed a three with
four seconds left in the half, LaNedra Brown got the rebound and a three
point play to give Duke a boost going into the half.
While Coach G reminded the team that they had the Terps down and let them
back into the game, Alana Beard truly heard the call. With Georgia ailing,
Alana was 10-10 from the floor and 9-10 from the foul line, as Duke took
control of the game five minutes into the half. Beard and Craig had all 12
of Duke's second half points and staked the Devils out to a 43-34 lead.
Duke slowly started to stretch out that lead as Maryland started to miss
a lot of shots. Duke led 55-39 with about eight minutes left, but once
again allowed Maryland to slowly creep back into the game. The Terps got
into a rhythm and would cut the lead, only to see Beard strike back with
a jumper. But turnovers, hot three point shooting by the Terps and some
missed Duke free throws (only 16-27 on the afternoon) saw the Terps only
trailing by 6 with a minute left. But a Schweitzer free throw, combined
with a Brown rebound after the miss and dish to Beard, allowed Alana to put
Duke up by 9 again. Duke recovered from their free throw woes to finish
9-10 from the line down the stretch, with Beard going 6-6.
Craig finished with 10 points but 0-4 from the line, disappointing after
her recent turnaround. Matyasovsky came off the bench to score 8 points,
grab 4 boards and block a shot. Both Parent and Tillis fouled out. Georgia
will need to get healthy very quickly for this Thursday's tilt with NC State,
losers in OT to UNC in the Dean Dome. These contests are always wars, and
this one should be no exception, even though NCSU is still missing stars
Kaayla Chones and Terah James. Duke's inside play must improve, which means
cutting down on fouls and taking better shots.