Freshman reserve forward Vicky Bullett scored 10 first-half points to open up a close game and Wake Forest, with no starter over 6 feet, was outmuscled inside as Maryland beat the Demon Deacons, 72-51, last night before 142 at Cole Field House.
Wake Forest (9-4 overall, 0-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) had been averaging 80 points a game, but the Demon Deacons were outrebounded, 34-13, and shot only 19 percent in the first half as their winless streak against Maryland was extended to 13 games.
Maryland (9-4, 3-1), which committed 15 turnovers in the first half, might have been in trouble had Wake Forest been more authoritative in rebounding.
Bullett finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Terrapins. Carolin Dehn-Duhr had 12 points and Lisa Brown, Subrena Rivers and Chequita Wood each scored 11. Brown also had seven assists and eight rebounds.
Janice Collins led Wake Forest with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Amy Privette, the fifth-leading scorer in the ACC with a 19.5 average, made only seven of 23 shots for 14 points.
Maryland Coach Chris Weller, who spent more time than usual talking to her players after the game, said, "Well, that's the way we've been going this year. We're always off to a slow start. If we win a few more games and beat a team in the top 20, I'm hoping we can get over that hump."
Maryland point guard Deana Tate, who had been averaging 19 points, did not start and did not score in double figures for the second straight game. She scored seven points in 24 minutes.
"She (Weller) felt like she needed the upperclassmen to lead us," Tate said. "She wanted to give everybody a chance."
Both teams played poorly from the start. Maryland took an 18-16 lead with 7:33 left when Bullett, who had 11 rebounds in the first half, sank two free throws.
Maryland then scored 10 straight points, as Bullett scored four and Rivers five. Amy Carter's basket brought Wake Forest within 31-20 at halftime.
In the second half, the Terrapins committed only six turnovers and used the fast break well. The closest Wake Forest got was eight points, 42-34, on Lisa Stockton's inside basket with 14 minutes to play.
"We started playing as a team," said Tate.
Said Weller: "It's good to win. We're at the stage when we're just getting Chequita back and Bullett is coming around."
Wood played in her second game after missing three straight with a knee injury.
*Virginia 96, Clemson 89: Donna Holt scored seven of her 18 points in overtime to lead the fourth-ranked Cavaliers in the ACC game at Clemson.
Clemson's Melinda Ashworth finished with a game-high 34 points, making 18 of 20 free throws. The Tigers fell to 7-6 overall, 1-3 in the ACC.
Holt also had nine assists and six steals for Virginia, which continued the longest winning streak in school history, improving to 14-0 overall and 3-0 in the conference.
The Cavaliers got 16 points each from Nancy Mayer and Daphne Hawkins and 14 points and 14 rebounds from freshman Dawn Bryant. Hawkins, a sophomore from High Point High in Beltsville, set a Virginia career steals record with 170.
*Villanova 85, Georgetown 64: Shelly Pennefather scored 26 points and Karen Hargadon 24 as Villanova won the Big East game at home.
The Wildcats (10-4, 5-1) never trailed, opening with a 10-2 lead.
Ann Gothard had 24 points for Georgetown (5-10, 1-5), which has lost five straight.
*NYU 78, Catholic 63: In Manhattan, Chris Robinson had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Wanda Davis had 12 points and 15 rebounds in leading New York University (11-4) over Catholic.
Maureen Favo scored 24 points and had five rebounds for Catholic (4-2). Lisa Kellaher had 21 points for the Cardinals.
*Howard 82, North Carolina A&T 73: Darlene Beale had 25 points and 13 rebounds and Vikki Kennedy had 15 points for the Bison (5-6 overall, 1-0 MEAC) at home. Yvette Estep had 23 points and Sharon Pratt 20 for the Aggies (3-5, 1-1).
*Lock Haven 63, Navy 49: Tina Martin scored 24 points and Helen Woltman had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Eagles (5-4) in Lock Haven, Pa. Lori Reynolds led the Midshipmen (7-5) with 14 points.
*Marymount 80, Johns Hopkins 63: Kina Brown scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead her school to victory in Baltimore.
Marymount took a 19-point lead midway through the second half behind the scoring of Michelle Miller, who finished with 14 points. Johns Hopkins fell to 0-7.
*Virginia State 54, Bowie State 44: Tonya Burgess scored 13 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, blocked four shots and had two steals as the host Trojans improved to 9-2. The Bulldogs, who fell to 2-8, were led by Valinda Parker's 13 points.