No. 8 Maryland women fall to No. 7 Duke, 84-63

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 17, 2014 at 9:10 pm •  Published: February 17, 2014
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas ran out of chances to win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. So did No. 8 Maryland.

The Big Ten-bound Terrapins struggled at both ends of the court against No. 7 Duke, losing 84-61 on Monday night in the final scheduled meeting between the rivals.

"I'm definitely going to miss seeing Maryland and Duke play," Thomas said, "but I'm sure they'll meet up again."

Thomas, a senior, lost all four of her visits to Duke while Maryland was denied its first victory at Cameron since 2008.

The Blue Devils won this one with defense: Elizabeth Williams had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and blocked three shots while taking "more elbows than an overworked plumber," coach Joanne P. McCallie said.

Duke became just the fifth team to outrebound Maryland, establishing a 44-37 advantage on the boards, and held the Terrapins to a season-worst 32 percent shooting.

"I can't remember the last time we had a full, 40-minute defensive effort" like this, Williams said.

Thomas had 14 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for Maryland (20-5, 8-4 ACC).

She missed eight of her first nine shots, but managed to make three in a row to help the Terrapins close to 53-48 with just under 11 minutes remaining.

Duke followed with three straight 3s — one by Tricia Liston, two by Jones. Liston added two free throws to make it 64-48 with 8:17 left.

Maryland didn't get closer than 11 after that.

"We got hesitant with our shot," coach Brenda Frese said. "Too many players thinking about their shot when it wasn't falling in, and obviously, when you score 63 points on the road, you're not going to win a lot of games. ... You've got to be able to solve something at one end of the floor or the other."

Freshman Lexie Brown had 13 points and Alicia DeVaughn added 10 for the Terrapins, whose final scheduled game at Cameron came two nights after their men's team bid farewell to the famously hostile arena.

Unlike that matchup — in which coach Mark Turgeon was serenaded with "Sweat, Gary, Sweat" chants not heard since Gary Williams retired three years ago — there was noticeably less venom in this one.

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