DURHAM, N.C. -
The seventh-ranked Maryland women's basketball team dropped a 71-56 match at No. 5 Duke Monday night in a physical battle between the ACC's top two teams.
Alyssa Thomas and Katie Rutan notched 14 points each, but it wasn't enough for the Terrapins (19-4, 10-2 ACC). Katie Rutan had 14 points and hit four 3-pointers as the Terps rallied from 10 points down.
Duke's Chelsea Gray scored 28 points. Tricia Liston had 17 points off the bench while Gray reeled off seven in a row midway through the second half after the Blue Devils (22-1, 12-0) trailed late.
After falling behind in the first half, the Terps closed the first half on a 10-3 sparked by a Rutan jumper to trail just 31-28 at the break.
Coming out of halftime, a Rutan three tied it two minutes into the second half. It stayed a one possession game and Chloe Pavlech's 3 with about 10:45 left gave Maryland the lead at 44-42. Three possessions later, Gray hit a three to take the advantage back.
Maryland cut it to five with just over five minutes to go. With 3:51 to play, head coach Brenda Frese was escorted out of the game and associate head coach Tina Langley took over on the sidelines. Gray hit the four free throws that followed to give Duke a 63-50 lead.
Liston twice pushed Duke's lead to double figures, the second time coming on her jumper with just under 5 minutes left in the half that made it 28-18. The Terps clawed back and cut it to 30-28 on Malina Howard's running jumper in the final minute, and it remained tight until Gray led the Devils' final run.
Next, the Terrapins will return home to host Clemson (6-17, 2-10) Thursday at 7 p.m. in their annual Play4Kay Pink Game to support breast cancer awareness. All breast cancer survivors can get in free by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 301-314-1517. The game will be shown live online for a fee on TerpsTV Premium.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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