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Terps fall into ACC's basement

COLLEGE PARK — COLLEGE PARK -- On Feb. 11, 1992, more than 14,500 people jammed into Cole Field House to see then-No. 1 Maryland battle second-ranked Virginia for women's basketball supremacy.

Last night, 314 watched the Terps fall into a tie for last place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 69-61 overtime loss to Wake Forest that all but ensured Maryland a place in the play-in game of next month's conference tournament.

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The Terps (10-14, 2-11), whose offense has been spotty at best, again went dry at a critical juncture, with one basket in an 11-minute stretch in which they went from a seven-point lead to a five-point deficit with 6:55 to go in regulation.

But Maryland battled back behind senior Kesha Camper, who had 18 points, and freshman Sonia Chase (14 points off the bench), who scored the Terps' last 10 points in regulation.

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Chase (McDonogh) hit the Terps' last two baskets of regulation, including a pull-up jumper with 19.5 seconds left to force a 54-54 tie.

The Demon Deacons, who could avoid the play-in game for the first time in three years, had three chances to win in the final 14 seconds, but Tracy Connor missed two short turnarounds and Raeanna Mulholland's 15-footer fell short at the buzzer.

But Wake (10-12, 3-9), which has won three of its past four over Maryland, used an 8-2 run to start the overtime to put the Terps away. To get to seventh place, Maryland must beat last-place Florida State and either Virginia, the conference leader, or defending national champion North Carolina, combined with four Wake Forest losses.

The Terps were effective in stopping center Connor, who had 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting, but Val Hodge (19 points) and Mulholland (15 points) hurt them from the baseline or the perimeter to get the win.

"They just went at us pretty good, which is a smart thing to do with only seven players," Maryland coach Chris Weller said.

"We just have to suck it up and deal with it."

WAKE FOREST -- Seawright 4-6 3-8 11, Mulholland 6-12 2-2 15, Connor 4-13 3-3 11, Hollifield 2-2 3-5 8, Hodge 9-15 1-3 19, Hawes 2-3 0-0 4, Walker 0-0 1-2 1 Totals 27-51 13-23 69.

MARYLAND -- Cross 8-19 0-0 17, Cimmier 2-7 1-2 5, Ohman 2-10 2-2 6, Ferguson 0-7 0-0 0, Camper 6-8 6-6 18, Chase 7-11 0-0 14, Purvis 0-2 1-2 1 . Totals 25-64 10-12 61.

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Halftime--Wake Forest, 26-25. 3-point goals--WF 2-5 (Hollifield 1-1, Mulholland 1-3, Hawes 0-1); M 1-3 (Cross 1-3). Rebounds--WF 39 (Connor 12); M 33 (Cimmier 9). Assists--WF 14 (Hollifield 6); M 13 (Ferguson 6). Total fouls--WF 10, M 21. Fouled out--Ohman. Technicals--None. A--314.


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