Bringing greater than normal joy in its wake, the Wake Forest women's basketball team defeated Maryland, 65-47, yesterday at Cole Field House.
Eager to celebrate their first ACC win since beating Florida State on Feb. 23, 1997, the Demon Deacons (4-4, 1-1) sprinted toward their locker room, their screaming a counterpoint to Maryland's alma mater.
"It's been a long time since any of the returning players got a win, so we're really happy to get that first ACC win," Wake Forest coach Charlene Curtis said. "We've got to get over being happy to be close. That has been somewhat of a mind-set. This is a start for us."
Two of the closest misses came last year against Maryland (0-8, 0-2), which overcame late 12- and 16-point deficits.
"Toward the end of [last night's] game, with about three minutes left, we were all talking to each other, 'Remember last year,' " said Wake Forest guard Alisha Mosley, a Mount Hebron product who had 12 points and two steals.
Olivia Dardy scored 17 points and 15 rebounds off the bench for Wake Forest. Her jumper put the Deacons up for good at 21-20 with 5: 16 left in the first half.
Maryland -- led by 18 points by Marche Strickland and 12 from Deedee Warley -- fought hard to keep the game in reach in the first half. But in the final three minutes of the half, the Terps allowed Wake Forest five offensive rebounds and the opportunity to score eight unanswered points for a 31-22 lead at halftime.
Curtis attributed the surge to her team's depth. Twelve Deacons got in the game in the first half, while Maryland only suited up 10, two of whom did not play.
"At the end of the first half, we had better legs," Curtis said. "The effort, because we got it from so many different people, was a plus for us."
The Terps -- who face No. 14 Rutgers next on Dec. 22 -- closed the gap to 35-32 on a jumper by Strickland at 13: 45, but the Deacons promptly went on an 11-2 run, which highlighted Maryland's lack of guards -- because of Tiffany Brown's academic suspension and Kelley Gibson's knee injury.
"In the middle of the second half, they get a couple of transition buckets, based on the fact that we have forwards guarding guards," Maryland coach Chris Weller said.
Washington College 72, Widener 65: Kerry Lomax and Katie Bierzonski each scored 14 points to lead the Shorewomen (6-3) past the host Pioneers (6-2) in the championship game of the Aimee Willard Memorial Tournament in Chester, Pa.
Lomax and Bierzonski were named to the all-tournament team. Freshman Allyson Britton -- who scored 13 -- was named MVP.
Wake Forest 65, Maryland 47
Pub Date: 12/14/98