No. 5 Carolina women overpower Terps, 106-76


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- It was the Maryland women's basketball team's most lopsided loss to North Carolina in the 36-game series history.

Not even senior forward Bonnie Rimkus' 38 points could ease the sting of a 106-76 drubbing by the No. 5 Tar Heels before 4,106 at Carmichael Auditorium yesterday.

With the loss, Maryland falls to 13-10. The Terps are 7-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, tied with Duke for fourth place and 2 1/2 games behind third-place Clemson.

"I don't know what to say after a game like that," Terps head coach Chris Weller said. "They played very well. . . . They're a very good team. They were particularly good tonight."

Weller called it the best game a North Carolina team has played against the Terrapins.

The Tar Heels (22-2, 12-2) were able to neutralize 26 Terrapins offensive rebounds.

Weller said that before the game, she saw the new offensive rebounding scheme the Terps were trying as something that would keep them close or the means to a blowout if North Carolina got hot. The two teams pulled down 38 rebounds each, but it didn't help Maryland.

"We got some offensive boards, but we didn't score on them," Weller said. "We got the offensive rebounds,which I thought was meant to get the offensive rebound and score. It wasn't meant to get an offensive rebound and have it blocked or shoot it up again and get that rebound."

The Tar Heels didn't have as big as rebounding advantage as they had in the teams' first meeting -- 48-41 -- but they compensated by shooting a season-high 64 percent.

Freshman Marion Jones led North Carolina with 29 points on 12 of 15 shooting. The Terps had planned to let Jones shoot, and the guard kept hitting.

"Other teams had been playing them in a triangle-and-two, and I guess they finally figured it out," Weller said.

"They weren't respecting us as shooters, so we took the shots," said Charlotte Smith, who scored 11 points, nine in the first half.

Rimkus, who shot 7-for-18 Friday against Duke, dominated in the second half, shooting 10-for-18 and scoring the Terps' last nine points.

Rimkus shot 4-for-12 in the first half, but she said playing more of an inside game in the second half helped.

"I did a lot of things better [in the second half]," said Rimkus, who set a career high with her third 30-point game of the season.

The game was close for the first four minutes, but only because North Carolina couldn't pull away. The run that put the game out of reach started with a long two-pointer by Jones at 3:52 and ended at 6:20 with three-pointers by junior forward Stephanie Lawrence -- who was 5-for-5 from beyond the arc -- and senior guard Tonya Sampson within a 29-second span.

When it was over, North Carolina held a 25-13 lead.

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