In probably their biggest game of the season, #16 Maryland Terps blew up the #7 Duke Blue Devils 69-47, their biggest win over the Devils since 1993. The win ends the Terrapins two-game losing streak with a bang.
After a slow start, marred by a sloppy opening first few minutes and quickly going down 7-0, Maryland (21-5, 7-4 ACC) came alive after an Alyssa Thomas jumper, a crucial steal and an Anjale Barrett three pointer all in the span of 30 seconds. With the raucous crowd back in it, the Terps eventually took a 17-16 lead with a little over five minutes left in the game.
Lynetta Kizer had a monster of a game with 17 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Alyssa Thomas had herself another double double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Tianna Hawkins also scored in double digits with 10.
Up 27-19 at the break, the Terps would allow Duke (23-3, 9-2 ACC) to chip away at the lead before a Terp run increased it yet again. Maryland almost let a 12 point lead slip, and eventually had it dwindle down to a 39-38 lead. But they responded with an 11-2 run that pretty much sealed the game up over the top team in the ACC.
Maryland was able to step up their defensive intensity, forcing 20 turnovers for the Devils and out rebounding them 42-31. Pre-season ACC Player of the Year Jasmine Thomas led Duke with 12 points but committed an uncharacteristic eight turnovers.
The Lady Terps have little time to relish the win, having to travel to #12 Florida State Sunday, Feb. 20 at 3 pm. A win in Tallahassee, would be huge for the Terps confidence, going into the postseason.
Player of the Game: Without a doubt this goes to the junior Lynetta Kizer. She was simply put a beast this game; 17 points, nine boards and three huge steals. She provided much needed spark when the team needed it.