No. 1 Maryland loses 2nd straight, as No. 23 Clemson rolls, 72-55


CLEMSON, S.C. -- Shandy Bryan had 14 points and 11 rebounds and three other players scored in double figures, as No. 23 Clemson shocked Maryland, 72-55, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at Littlejohn Coliseum yesterday afternoon.

Maryland is certain to lose its No. 1 ranking after losing to Virginia on Tuesday night and now having lost more games in two starts than it did in its first 21.

"Basically, Clemson played a great game," Maryland coach Chris Weller said. "Maryland is overrated. However, we have a lot of talent on our team. Clemson is a team that is coming on strong and is definitely a team heading for the NCAA playoffs. I think Clemson is a better team than we are."

Said Clemson coach Jim Davis: "This was an impressive win for our basketball program. Maryland has a fine group of athletes. This group is probably the best in the conference and maybe in the nation. They have quality depth."

The Tigers opened up a 13-2 lead in the first four minutes of play. The Terps tied the game at 17 with 8:37 to go in the first half before Clemson took a 30-23 halftime lead.

After halftime, Clemson built a 15-point lead, 46-31, with 12:54 to go as Dana Puckett hit a three-pointer from the right center. In the next 3:48, Clemson built its largest lead of 21 points, 54-33, as both Rhonda Jackson and Bryan each scored four points.

Clemson did not let Maryland come any closer than 15 points for the rest of the game.

Maryland was led by junior center Jessie Hicks with 27 points and 15 rebounds and Dafne Lee (Walbrook) made all five of her shots from the field and contributed four assists.

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