Maryland Falls Short of Rival Duke

The women's basketball team dropped their second straight home game, this time to Duke 58-57.

After seeing their 48-game home winning streak come to an end against Miami last week, the Maryland Terrapins women's basketball knew they were facing another tough test when the rival Duke Blue Devils visited the Comcast Center.

It was very slow offensively for both teams at first, but when both teams got going they battled until the final minute.

Neither team reached double-digits in points until almost the 10-minute mark in the first half, when Duke took an 11-7 lead. Things began to pick up offensively for both teams, however, as Duke cruised in to a 27-25 halftime lead.

The first eight minutes of the second half showed more competitive basketball for both sides, as the teams stayed very close together on the scoreboard. At the 12-minute mark, however, it seems like the Blue Devils might run away with it, as they went on a 10-4 run and pulled out to an 11-point lead.

The Terrapins fought back though. They went on a 9-0 nothing run of their own, pulling themselves back to almost even with Duke, eventually taking a 54-53 lead with just under two minutes to play. The Blue Devils pulled away from there though, scoring five unanswered points in the final 1:30 to win 58-57.

The loss was extra bitter for the Terps, as they beat Duke in every major stat category except for points on the scoreboard. Maryland out rebounded Duke by five, and had a team shooting percentage almost eight points higher than the Blue Devils.

The problem the Terrapins ran into was turnovers. They committed 19 in the game, which ultimately lead to a Blue Devil victory.

The Terrapins will play their next game at Virginia Tech on January 28 at 7:00.


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