For the second consecutive game, the 12th-ranked University of Maryland women's basketball team trailed at halftime and needed an early second-half rally to take control of its game against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.

The Terrapins (17-4, 9-1 in ACC) used a 23-6 run in the early stages of the second half en route to an 84-67 win over Clemson last night at Cole Field House.

And for the second consecutive game, the Terrapins were led in scoring by forward Christy Winters.

The sophomore forward from Reston, Va., scored 24 points and teamed with guard Lisa Brown to score all but 10 of Maryland's second-half points. The duo scored every point during the 23-6 run.

"We don't have a lot of options and Christy {Winters} lost her starting position for a while because she needed to improve her strength," said Maryland Coach Chris Weller.

"She's been in the weight room almost every day and it's been paying dividends for us recently."

Vicky Bullett scored 16 points and had 14 rebounds. Brown scored 15 and Deanna Tate 10.

The Tigers (14-6, 6-5) were paced by Karen Ann Jenkins' game-high 26 points. Cheryl Nix and Ramona O'Neal had 11 apiece.

Weller wasn't pleased with the Terrapins' effort during the first half and she voiced that displeasure to her players.

After the Terrapins' game-deciding run early in the second half, she continued to shout at her players throughout the course of the game.

"I don't care if we don't click on offense, but I do expect intensity on defense," said Weller. "We're not the Texases or the Tennessees yet, because we're not as polished as they are, but if we're ranked as high as we are, we should play at that level if we expect to stay there."

Howard 80, Bethune-Cookman 64:

The Bison (11-9, 5-2) made 16 of 17 second-half shots from the foul line and Vannessa Graham scored 25 points to help break Bethune-Cookman's seven-game winning streak at Howard.

The Wildcats (14-7, 11-3) were led by Gwen Davis' 14 points. Howard freshman Marlene Henderson had 13 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.

George Mason 88, UNC-Wilmington 75:

Junior Cindy Baruch scored 27 points as the the Patriots (14-6, 5-3 in league) earned a Colonial Athletic Association victory over Wilmington (13-7, 3-5) last night at George Mason.

Four George Mason players scored in double figures as the Patriots shot 61 percent from the field.