Maryland dominated inside play to extend a four-point halftime lead and defeat Georgetown easily, 67-47, last night in a women's college basketball game at McDonough Arena.
The Terrapins, who have not lost to Georgetown in seven games under Coach Chris Weller, improved their season record to 6-1. The Hoyas fell to 4-3.
The Terrapins were led by Chequita Wood's 19 points and Carolin Dehn-Duhr's 19 points and 10 rebounds. Deana Tate had 12 points.
Jenny Bendall had 12 points for the Hoyas, who shot 34 percent from the floor. Maryland shot 50 percent, 60 in the second half.
In the latter half, the Terrapins used the fast break, which has given them success this season. In addition, Georgetown, which shot well in the first half, began to miss.
"We had communication problems in the second half on the defense," said Georgetown Coach Cheryl Thompson. "So it came down to the mental part of the game. When they went to the press, we held up our running game. We should have taken it to them."
Leading, 28-24, at the half, the Terrapins exchanged baskets with the Hoyas until center Dehn-Duhr scored from the base line for a 34-28 margin. The Hoyas missed two shots, Wood scored on a layup and Georgetown called time.
After the timeout, Ann Gothard put in a rebound to bring the Hoyas back to 36-30. But from then on, the Hoyas shot poorly and the Terrapins pulled away on an 8-2 run on good passing that resulted in layups by Wood, Tate and Dehn-Duhr.
Evelyn Smith made a 15-foot jumper to get the Hoyas within 44-34. Maryland answered with 12 straight points.
Earlier, Bendall came in for the Hoyas and scored on two baskets from the outside to bring her team within 19-16. And after Beth Knight's turnaround jumper, the Hoyas were down by only one.
Georgetown went up, 24-23, when Bendall made two free throws after stealing a pass and getting fouled inside. The Terrapins answered with the final five points of the half. Wood scored on a rebound and Brenda Mason made a free throw and a layup.
Georgetown's Thompson ventured, "We just missed our shots. It's exam week, and I just think it affected the players."