Tenth-ranked Maryland women beat Clemson 95-43

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 9, 2014 at 3:33 pm •  Published: February 9, 2014
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Smith isn't complaining.

"I have to say, I'm not sad to see Maryland leave the ACC," she said.

Nikki Dixon led Clemson with 13 points and Chancie Dunn added 10. The Tigers have lost six of eight, all within the conference.

"We turned the ball over 27 times and they didn't press us," Smith lamented. "But their defensive tenacity, and the way they get up in your face and take things away, made it very difficult for us."

And still, Smith didn't even believe she saw the Terps at their best.

"Honestly, I really didn't feel like they were playing 100 percent," she said. "I felt like they were playing about 70 percent, but their 70 percent is like most team's 100 percent."

Clemson trailed 4-2 before the Terrapins rattled off 12 straight points. Over the first seven minutes, the Tigers missed five of six shots and committed four turnovers.

A 3-pointer by Katie Rutan and a layup by Jones made it 23-6 before Dunn sank two straight jump shots. Dunn scored eight of Clemson's first 10 points, but it became apparent quickly that the Tigers were decidedly overmatched.

After Clemson closed to 23-12, Thomas made three baskets in a 10-0 spurt that built the margin to 21 points. At that point, Thomas outscored the Tigers 15-12.

With Thomas on the bench, Clemson closed to 39-23 at halftime. But Jones opened the second half with two straight layups, and after Dixon scored, a 3-pointer by Maryland's Katie Rutan made it 46-25.

Maryland finished with 39 baskets and 29 assists.

"Another dominant performance," coach Brenda Frese said. "I really liked how we shared the basketball today as a team."