With 12:02 remaining in last night's Duke-Maryland women's basketball game and the seventh-ranked Terps holding a commanding 58-18 advantage, most ot the lights suddenly came on in an almost empty University Hall.
As far as Duke (1-4) was concerned, the lights only reflected the Blue Devils' problems. The ACC cellar-dwellers were no match for the Terrapins, who did as they pleased in routing Duke 103-39, in a first-round game of the first women's ACC tournament. The Terps now are 14-1.
Maryland routed Duke by 70 points in the regular season, so the lopsided score was no surprise. The Duke women's program received very lttle financial aid and it clearly shows. Only a freshman guard, Kathy Friend, showed any basketball skill in the 40-minute farce.
Maryland led, 16-0, and had limited Duke to only three shots, two of them air balls, in the opening five minutes before Friend entered the game. The 5-foot-8 Friend hit a long onehander to put her team on the board with 14:35 left in the first half.
Friend hit five more 18-footers and a pair of free throwns in the ensuing 14 minutes to personally account for 14 of her team's 16 first-half points
The Terps were having a field day-Point guard Tara Heiss dished off several assist and scored eight points to help Maryland get off to its quick lead.Debbie Jones scored 10 points and Jane Zivalich dropped in two baskets during the 11-minute blitz that sent Maryland roaring ahead, 30-2.
"We've been working hard on our defense. We went through some sport where we showed improvement and went through spots where we made the same mistakes," Maryland Coach Chris Weller said. "I was pleased everyone got to play. In case we reach the final, depth will be important."
I didn't make any difference who was in the game for Maryland. Twelve of the 13 players scored, five of them in double figures.
Weller put in her reserves with nine minutes left in the first half and the Terps holding that 28-point lead, but nothing changed. Mary Briese bit three baskets and Gail Hook and Krystal Dimrey added two each to stake the Terps to an overwhelming 48-16 lead at the half.
"They were just too tall and too strong for us. All we can do is sit back in a 2-3 zone and do the best we can," said Friend, who led all scorers with 20 points. "We're the shortest team in the ACC, and with only player 6 feet, you're not going to get too many rebounds."