The unranked Virginia women's basketball team threw a scare into third-rated Maryland last night at Cole Field House, but a 19-4 stretch midway through the second half gave the Terrapins a 90-75 victory.
Virginia (9-3) moved from a halftime deadlock at 41 to a 61-56 lead on Debbie Young's five-footer with 11:55 to play. Then, Lea Hakala, just off the plane from her native Finland, and sharpshooting Jasmina Perazic took over.
Marcia Richardson highlighted the turnaround with two foul shots and a layup, then Belinda Pearman scored inside to give Maryland its biggest lead, 75-65, with 6:15 remaining. The Cavaliers continued to turn the ball over and take poor shots and the Terrapins pulled away.
Coach Chris Weller of Maryland wasn't totally happy with her team's ninth victory against no defeats. "There were some good points, but we took some shots we shouldn't have and our rebounding left a lot to be desired," Weller said. "They made us look silly often. They were the only team which had someone flying against us, so they got some easy baskets. During that stretch when we played well, we went from a full-court press to three-quarters because our press wasn't working and we needed to get some rebounding."
Perazic led four Terrapins in double figures with 23 points. She also led with eight rebounds. Substitute Hakala had 11 points in the second half. Cathy Grimes, formerly of T.C. Williams High School, was high scorer for the Cavaliers with 25, and former Holy Cross Academy star Chrissy Reese had her best game in two seasons with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Debbie Young had 14 points and 12 rebounds as Virginia outrebounded Maryland, 43-29.