Duke holds 2-1 lead over Maryland this season
BOSTON -- For the fourth time this season, Duke and Maryland will meet on Tuesday. This time, though, the winner will emerge with its first national championship. Until then, here's a quick look at this season's series, which Duke leads 2-1, though Maryland won their last matchup -- on what will be exactly a month ago come Tuesday -- to snap a 14-game skid against the Blue Devils.
Overall, the two programs have played 61 times, with the Terps taking a 32-29 edge into the national championship game (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET). Duke, however, has won 17 of their last 19 contests, including three victories over Maryland last season. Duke's Monique Currie is averaging 22.3 points against the Terps this season, while Maryland star Crystal Langhorne is averaging 13 points and 5.3 rebounds in the series.
No. 4 Maryland 78,
No. 2 Duke 70
March 4, 2006
|The Terps snapped a 14-game losing streak to the Blue Devils to reach their first ACC tourney final in 13 years. Crystal Langhorne tallied 13 points and 10 boards while Laura Harper added 17 points, Marissa Coleman had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Kristi Toliver 16 points. But Maryland blew a 15-point lead as Duke scored 16 unanswered points, several coming off of Toliver turnovers as she struggled against Duke's second-half defense, which alternated between a man-to-man defense and zone trap. In the end, though, Harper and Langhorne dominated inside to put Maryland back on top for good. Duke, which had three players in double digits, shot 28-for-78 from the field (36 percent) and grabbed two fewer rebounds while turning the ball over 11 times to Maryland's 17 turnovers.|
No. 2 Duke 90,
No. 6 Maryland 80
Feb. 13, 2006
|Four days after upsetting previously unbeaten and No. 1-ranked UNC in Chapel Hill, the Terps couldn't quite pull off a second straight upset as Monique Currie poured in a career-high 31 points (she had had just two points in her previous outing, against Virginia) and Mistie Williams added a double-double in Duke's win. Early on, Maryland led by as many as 10 points -- the Blue Devils' largest deficit of the season at that point -- and was up 41-33 at the break after shooting 48 percent from the field. Duke slowly chipped away at the lead, and the score was tied nine times before Jessica Foley hit a 3-pointer with about 7 minutes remaining, then uncharacteristically drove for a layup to jumpstart an 11-0 run, including five points from Currie, to seal the win. Duke, which committed just nine turnovers, played the final 13 1/2 minutes without point guard Lindsey Harding, who suffered a shoulder bruise and had to leave the game. But sophomore Wanisha Smith stepped in to contribute 15 points and Foley added 12. The Terps' Crystal Langhorne (16 points), Kristi Toliver (19) and Marissa Coleman (20 points) all reached double figures.|
No. 2 Duke 86,
No. 6 Maryland 68
Jan. 8, 2006
|For the first time in her college career, Maryland's Crystal Langhorne failed to grab a rebound (even more unbelievable is the fact she played 38 minutes and still wasn't able to secure one board). Instead, the inside story belonged to Duke post Chante Black, who put in a career high with 19 points. Black's performance was the X-factor, especially after Duke starter Alison Bales played just three minutes in the first half after drawing her third foul. Also, Duke point guard Lindsey Harding came up huge, tying Black for game-high honors with 19 points (a career high for her, too) as the two combined to hit 11-for-11 from the field in the first half, which was all Duke after Maryland led briefly at 11-10. Duke, which forced Maryland into 24 turnovers, led by 17 at halftime (and never let the Terps get closer than nine points) after shooting 19-for-31 (61 percent) in the first 20 minutes. Kristi Toliver and Shay Doron led Maryland with 12 points apiece.|
* Rankings refer to the team's spot in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll at the time of the game.
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