No. 16 Maryland staggers No. 7 Duke
Kizer scored 17 points and pulled down nine boards
The Associated Press
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Lynetta Kizer scored 17 points, and No. 16 Maryland 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.
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. 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 and Allison Vernerey had 10. 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.
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.
Maryland coasted to the finish in avenging a 71-64 loss at Duke last month. It was the Terrapins' most lopsided win over Duke since an 82-51 win in January, 1993.
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.