Chris Moreland, a 6-foot-1 freshman forward from Alexandria, Va., scored 13 of her team-high 20 points in the second half this afternoon as Duke (6-1) defeated Maryland (4-2) for the first time, 68-58.
Maryland, losing its ACC opener, had won 11 in a row against Duke.
"I was disappointed in our entire starting lineup," said Chris Weller, the Maryland coach. "You saw how many times we dropped the ball and they were not forced turnovers . . . we have the talent to do much better than we did."
Moreland, Duke's leading scorer and rebounder, finished with a game-high nine rebounds as the Blue Devils dominated the boards, 34-25.
Candy Mikels, a 6-foot senior, had 15 points and nine rebounds for Duke. Chequita Wood, a 5-11 junior from Falls Church, Va., led Maryland with 21 points and eight rebounds.
Duke led the entire second half after a 30-28 halftime margin. The Blue Devils sank 28 of their 35 free throws, compared with 12 of 16 for Maryland.
"This opens the door for more victories," said Duke Coach Debbie Leonard. "In the past, I think Duke had a mental block against Maryland. We would play them well for most of the games and we've had chances to beat them, but we folded in the last two minutes."