Sixth-ranked Maryland won its eighth straight women's college basketball game, defeating Virginia, 67-62, last night at Cole Field House in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Maryland (13-2, 3-0) played without leading scorer, guard Jazmina Perazic. Forward Myra Waters, injured earlier in the season, made up for the loss with 21 points and seven rebounds, both team highs.
"Myra is coming back, getting stronger and stronger," said Coach Chris Weller.
Maryland center Belinda Pearman totaled 12 points. She made three straight jumpers late in the first half for a 25-19 Terrapin lead. Waters had a rebound and made a short jumper with one minute remaining to give Maryland its biggest lead, 29-19. Virginia's Lyn Anastasio (13 points) made a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer to end the first half.
Virginia's offense was limited throughout. "I was very disappointed, especially in the first half." said Virginia Coach Debbie Ryan. "We got down when we didn't need to be. We dug ourselves a hole, tried to climb out, but couldn't."
The Terrapins scored the first eight points of the second half and Ryan was forced to call a timeout.
But the break didn't help.
With 13 minutes left, forward Debbie Lytle threw an inbounds pass 75 feet downcourt to Waters, who made the easy layup. One play later, Lytle and Waters teamed on an indentical play and Maryland led, 47-31. "Will you guys get together out there," Ryan yelled from the bench.
The Cavaliers (14-4, 1-1) threatened with 6:11 remaining in the game, cutting Maryland's lead to 54-49 on forward Cathy Grimes' jumper.
Anastasio brought Virginia within 62-58 with 53 seconds left. But Maryland guard Marcia Richardson (14 points) intercepted a Cavalier inbounds pass, was fouled and made both shots of a one and one with 18 seconds remaining.
In other games, Nancy Schiavetta scored 23 points and Colleen Cassidy had 16 as Navy (10-4) defeated visiting Lafayette, 73-45; Patty Pfeifer scored 23 points, had 16 rebounds and four assists, leading host Montgomery-Rockville (4-2) to a 59-43 win over Prince George's; at Catholic, Maggie Chapman scored 16 points and had 14 rebounds in a 33-24 victory over Salisbury State.