Clemson all-America forward Barbara Kennedy scored more than half her team's points, 41, but the ninth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team came back and defeated unranked Clemson, 95-76, last night in an ACC game at Cole Field House.
"Clemson is the most underranked team in the nation," said Maryland Coach Chris Weller. "We had to play real good to win."
The Tigers (10-4) scored six points in the last 29 seconds of the first half to lead, 37-32. But Maryland (10-3) came out in the second half showing no respect to the players wearing the orange tiger paws on their faces.
Two minutes into the period, Maryland scored six straight points to take a 46-41 lead. Forward Debbie Lytle topped off the spree with a base-line drive and a triumphant high-five.
"The change came in the way Maryland came back in the second half," said Clemson Coach Annie Tribble. With five minutes remaining, Kennedy cut an eight-point Maryland lead to one.Maryland took off on a 10-0 run to 80-69 with two minutes remaining.
"We're as good as a lot of teams in the top 20. We're definitely in the top 15," said Tribble. Clemson defeated eighth-ranked North Carolina State, 94-75, last week.
Guards Jasmina Perazic and Marcia Richardson led Maryland with 26 and 19 points, respectively. Richardson has scored 79 points in the last four games.
Myra Waters, Lytle and Lydia McAliley each scored 14 for Maryland.