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Young Wake Forest falls to No. 6 Maryland 76-49

Friday - 1/10/2014, 1:46am  ET

Wake Forest's Kelila Atkinson, right, and Millesa Calicott, behind, and Maryland's Chloe Pavlech, bottom, reach for a loose ball in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014, in College Park, Md. Maryland won 76-49. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Jen Hoover had just been yelling for two hours, and her hoarse voice cracked as she tried to explain what went wrong for Wake Forest in a lopsided loss to Maryland.

It was, essentially, a familiar tale. The Demon Deacons didn't have enough depth or experience to compete with the nation's sixth-ranked team, and the result was a 76-49 defeat on Thursday night.

"We're a work in progress. We've been saying that all along," said Hoover, now in her second year as the Wake Forest coach. "We have six freshmen and a couple upper classmen. We'll keep pushing each other every day to get better."

Dearica Hamby had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Demon Deacons (9-6, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), but no other player reached double figures. Chelsea Douglas, who scored 48 two games earlier against Florida International, went 1 for 12 from the floor and finished with seven points.

Wake Forest has lost two straight following a five-game winning streak.

Maryland (14-1, 2-0) placed four players in double figures, led by Shatori Walker-Kimbrough with 15. The Terps' bench outscored Wake Forest's reserves 45-14.

"They throw a lot of different looks at you, whether it's athleticism or toughness or sheer talent," Hoover said. "You can tell they have a lot of different pieces. A very unselfish team that plays well together."

The Terrapins led by 15 at halftime and stretched the margin to 21 with 14 minutes left en route to their 16th consecutive win over the Demon Deacons.

Alyssa Thomas had 11 points, five rebounds and six assists for Maryland, ending her run of 13 successive double-doubles. Alicia DeVaughn contributed 11 points, Chloe Pavlech added 10 and the Terrapins had assists on 23 of their 31 baskets.

Wake Forest closed to within 13 early in the second half before Walker-Kimbrough scored on a follow, Thomas hit a jumper and DeVaughn made a layup for a 51-32 lead.

That effectively ended any hope the Demon Deacons had of pulling off an upset. This is the only scheduled meeting between the teams, and with Maryland headed to the Big Ten next season, this series could go on a hiatus for a long time.

Wake Forest probably won't complain. The Demon Deacons trail 57-12 and haven't defeated the Terrapins since Feb. 13, 2003.

"Our kids truly believed coming in we could win the game," Hoover said. "It's going to be sad not to make the trip anymore, but that's kind of way the conference goes. Who knows? Maybe we'll see them again in Greensboro (for the ACC tournament) and will be able to provide some excitement again. We're sure going to try."

Hamby had 14 points and seven rebounds before halftime, but the Terrapins used 6-for-12 shooting from beyond the arc and had assists on 13 of their 17 baskets in taking a 43-28 lead at the break.

Wake Forest led 10-9 before Malina Howard made two straight layups to ignite a 19-11 run that put the Terrapins up 28-21. Five different players scored in the surge, led by DeVaughn and Pavlech with five points apiece.

Hamby kept it close, scoring 14 of the Demon Deacons' first 27 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Only one other Wake Forest player had more than two points in the first half.


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