For the past two games, Maryland Coach Chris Weller has been trying to get point guard Marcia Richardson to shoot more from the outside, so opposing defenses would be less prone to sag inside on Maryland's formidable front court.

Richardson didn't need any prodding last night. The 5-foot-8 sophomore scored the game's first points, hit seven straight shots during one stretch and made 10 of 14 for the game, to lead fifth-ranked Maryland to a 75-55 victory over Wake Forest at Cole Field House.

Maryland (17-3, 4-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) struggled on defense early and allowed the Deacons (9-13, 0-6) to stay even throughout much of the first half.

But Richardson's 20-foot shot with nine minutes left in the first half gave Maryland the lead for good, 16-14, and started the Terrapins on a 14-1 run. Maryland led, 36-24, at halftime and the contest never was in doubt.

"I only made four of 13 in the game we lost to (top-ranked) Louisiana Tech," Richardson said. "I didn't know if it was lack of concentration, or what. But I did know I wasn't a four-for-13 shooter. So I concentrated more on my technique and took the shots that I had been passing up."

Richardson's game-high 20 points led a balanced Maryland offense. Debbie Lytle scored 14 points, Bo Pearman had 13 and Myra Waters 10.