Young Wake Forest falls to No. 6 Maryland 76-49

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm •  Published: January 9, 2014

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Jen Hoover had just been yelling for two hours, and her hoarse voice cracked as she tried to explain what went wrong for Wake Forest in a lopsided loss to Maryland.

It was, essentially, a familiar tale. The Demon Deacons didn't have enough depth or experience to compete with the nation's sixth-ranked team, and the result was a 76-49 defeat on Thursday night.

"We're a work in progress. We've been saying that all along," said Hoover, now in her second year as the Wake Forest coach. "We have six freshmen and a couple upper classmen. We'll keep pushing each other every day to get better."

Dearica Hamby had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Demon Deacons (9-6, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), but no other player reached double figures. Chelsea Douglas, who scored 48 two games earlier against Florida International, went 1 for 12 from the floor and finished with seven points.

Wake Forest has lost two straight following a five-game winning streak.

Maryland (14-1, 2-0) placed four players in double figures, led by Shatori Walker-Kimbrough with 15. The Terps' bench outscored Wake Forest's reserves 45-14.

"They throw a lot of different looks at you, whether it's athleticism or toughness or sheer talent," Hoover said. "You can tell they have a lot of different pieces. A very unselfish team that plays well together."

The Terrapins led by 15 at halftime and stretched the margin to 21 with 14 minutes left en route to their 16th consecutive win over the Demon Deacons.

Alyssa Thomas had 11 points, five rebounds and six assists for Maryland, ending her run of 13 successive double-doubles. Alicia DeVaughn contributed 11 points, Chloe Pavlech added 10 and the Terrapins had assists on 23 of their 31 baskets.

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