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To beat Maryland, you have to be able to keep up with them on offense. No one is going to beat this team scoring in the 50s or 60s, and that's what ultimately did in Wake Forest despite a gritty Deacons effort. Wake forced 22 turnovers and had a 19-4 edge in points off turnovers, but their 30% shooting and -13 deficit on the boards was too much to overcome. Maryland continued their recent trend of being able to score off the dribble with Alyssa Thomas, hit threes with Laurin Mincy and Brene Moseley and get great production in the post with Tianna Hawkins and Lynetta Kizer. Despite the Terps shooting 50% in the first half, Wake was still within 6 points thanks to 13 offensive rebounds and an 11-4 edge in points off turnovers. Maryland quickly pushed their lead to 10 in the second half and held off a couple of charges by Wake to go up by 16 with eight minutes to go. A technical foul on Lakevia Boykin fired up Wake for one last run and a steal & runout by Boykin brought the Deacs within 7 points. Maryland simply went back to work and got points at the foul line. They held the Deacs to just a single basket in the final four minutes of the game. Wake had 19 offensive rebounds but were only able to convert them into 7 points. That inability to cash in on second chances was what ultimately doomed them, while Maryland's overall efficiency made up for their sloppiness.
What's Next For Wake Forest: The Deacs will now wait nervously at home and hope that their win against Miami is the capper to the resume that they needed to be worthy of an NCAA bid. If not, they will be a strong contender to win the WNIT.
What's Next For Maryland: The Terps will compete for their tenth ACC Championship and will seek to break their tie with UNC for most league titles. They will face a physical opponent that they defeated twice already in Georgia Tech. They'll need to be much crisper against GT than they were against Wake Forest if they want to win and will need to work harder on the boards.
- Alyssa Thomas, MD: 18 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists. On a day when the Terps lacked their usual flow on offense, Thomas stepped up and freelanced a lot of scoring plays.
- Laurin Mincy, MD: 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists. The guard hit a couple of big threes during Maryland's second-half run and chased down a number of long rebounds.
- Tianna Hawkins, MD: 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals. Hawkins played fine interior defense and scored some key baskets.
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