Lisa Brown scored 18 of her game-high 23 points in the second half to lead No. 12 Maryland past No. 19 Wake Forest, 88-80, last night at Cole Field House.

The Terrapins (14-4, 6-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) played erratically during the game's first 10 minutes. The Demon Deacons (16-2, 8-1), held their biggest lead of the game, 30-22, on Lisa Dodd's layin at the 8:57 mark. But the Terrapins outscored Wake Forest, 27-6, for the rest of the half and led, 49-38, at intermission.

"They {Wake Forest} are a better shooting team than we are, but we are quicker and we were fortunate enough to play an up-tempo game late in the first half," said Maryland Coach Chris Weller.

The Terrapins opened their largest lead of the second half, 73-55, on a Carla Holmes' six-foot jumper at 10:27 of the second half. Wake Forest, however, rallied. A layup by Dodd (17 points) with three minutes to play made it 79-74.

Deanna Tate (15 points), who was fouled on the next play, made two free throws, then broke free for an uncontested layup to seal the victory for Maryland.

Vicky Bullett scored 20 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds for Maryland.

Rutgers 91, George Washington 66:

All-America center Sue Wicks had 19 points 11 rebounds and 7 blocks, Telicher Austin scored 24 points and the Knights routed George Washington in an Atlantic 10 Conference game in New Brunswick, N.J.

The ninth-ranked Knights (14-3, 9-0 in the Atlantic 10) remained in sole possession of first place in the conference by defeating the second-place Colonials (13-6, 7-3).

George Washington was led by junior forward Tracey Earley (17 points, four rebounds and four steals).

Virginia 81, North Carolina 73:

Daphne Hawkins scored 18 points, Tonya Cardoza 15 and No. 6 Virginia won an Atlantic Coast Conference game in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Donna Holt added 14 points for the Cavaliers (17-1 overall, 6-0 ACC). Kathy Wilson had 27 points, 10 rebounds for North Carolina (8-9, 2-5).

American 76, Va. Commonwealth 72:

At Bender Arena, with fewer than 20 seconds to play in the nonleague game and American ahead by 74-72, Eagles guard Janine Lorimer was fouled intentionally as she crossed the half court line. Given two free throws, Lorimer made both to put the Eagles ahead, 76-72, with 10 seconds left.

Beth Shearer scored a game-high 30 points for American (7-11). Lisa Stielper had 19 points for Virginia Commonwealth (9-7).

James Madison 73, George Mason 55:

Sydney Beasley led four Dukes in double-figure scoring with 22 points and No. 20 James Madison won a Colonial Athletic Association game at George Mason. James Madison's record is now 16-2 overall and 6-0 in the CAA. The Patriots fell to 10-7, 3-3.

UDC 57, Winston-Salem St. 56:

In Winston-Salem, N.C., guard Arlinda Page made a jump shot with one second left to give the Firebirds (17-2) their 11th straight win.