Less than three hours before Maryland took the court last night against No. 2 Duke, the Terrapins learned that their leading scorer would not be playing. Senior guard Rennieka Razor continued to have problems from the concussion she suffered in the Virginia game on Thursday and therefore was not cleared by the team doctor to play in the final home game of her college career.
Although Maryland certainly could have used Razor against No. 2 Duke, it is doubtful that her presence would have made a difference in the outcome. The Blue Devils easily won, 97-55, before 4,167 at Comcast Center.
"I'm glad that we never quit," Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. "That's hard to do when you have a point spread like that. It's easy to throw in the towel. I'm just proud that we battled the entire time with what we could."
Freshman forward Chrissy Fisher, who started in place of Razor, scored 15 points to lead Maryland (10-16, 4-11 ACC), which finishes its season on Thursday at North Carolina. With its 38th consecutive conference win, Duke (26-1, 14-0) clinched its third consecutive regular season title.
Maryland's chances for pulling off the upset were slim even before Razor, who averages 16.4 points, was sidelined. The Terrapins, who lost by 49 points to Duke earlier in the season, have not beaten a ranked team in two years. Their last win over a top-25 opponent was against No. 17 North Carolina State on Feb. 25, 2001, at Cole Field House.
Duke jumped out in front early and never looked back. The Blue Devils, who have won their last three games by an average of 38.3 points, scored the first 12 points of the game.
"When we first found out [about Razor] we were a little shocked," Fisher said. "I don't think we were expecting [her to sit out]. She went through shoot-around today so that was kind of a suggestion that she was going to play. When we got here and found out, it was a big shock."
Maryland did not make its first field goal until 10 minutes 7 seconds expired in the first half. Angel Ross grabbed the rebound from Fisher's missed shot and made a layup for Maryland's first basket of the game. By that point, Duke had a 19-3 lead.
Maryland made only five field goals, shooting just 18 percent from the field in the first half. The Terrapins, who trailed 41-14 at halftime, had as many turnovers as points in the first half.
Maryland played much better in the second half and became only the fifth team this season to outrebound Duke. Maryland had 42 rebounds to the Blue Devils' 37.
"I'm very disappointed in our overall effort, extremely disappointed," Duke Coach Gail Goestenkors said. "We got outhustled I thought."
* HOWARD 82, NORTH CAROLINA A&T 67: Courtney Kirk and Daisha Hicks each scored 16 points to lead the Bison (11-14, 10-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) in Greensboro, N.C. Howard put the game away with a 25-6 run in the second half after it trailed 54-44 with 15:15 left to play.
The Aggies (6-18, 6-9) had won three straight.