No. 3 Duke beats No. 14 Terps 71-64 to reach 15-0
DURHAM, N.C. – Jasmine Thomas scored seven of her 22 points in the final 2 minutes, and No. 3 Duke remained undefeated by rallying past No. 14 Maryland 71-64 on Thursday night.
Tricia Liston added 12 points for the Blue Devils (15-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). They shot 38 percent, held a 46-42 rebounding advantage and used a late 11-2 run to extend their winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium to 17.
They're off to their best start since the 2006-07 team opened 30-0.
Kim Rodgers scored 18 points and Diandra Tchatchouang added 14 for Maryland (13-2, 0-1), which went up 60-58 on Lynetta Kizer's layup with 2:39 to play before Duke got rolling moments later.
Jasmine Thomas put the Blue Devils up for good with a long 3-pointer over Anjale Barrett with 1:55 left, making it 61-60. After Duke forced a stop, Thomas came through again, swishing a runner over Barrett while fading right to stretch it to three.
Freshman Chelsea Gray then stole a sideline pass and took it the other way for a layup to make it 65-60 with 51 seconds left. The Terps couldn't make it a one-possession game the rest of the way.
Krystal Thomas added 10 rebounds for Duke, which improved to 4-0 this season against Top 25 opponents — all at home — and has won nine of 10 against the Terrapins at Cameron.
The Blue Devils were coming off a 54-48 win over No. 10 Kentucky two nights earlier in which Gray scored the go-ahead basket off a defender's fingers in the final minute, and they also beat then-No. 7 Texas A&M and then-No. 4 Xavier — both in dramatic fashion.
Duke attempted a season-high 29 3-pointers, making six, and has won four straight overall in one of the ACC's most intense rivalries.
Alyssa Thomas finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Barrett had 10 assists for Maryland, which fell to 1-2 against ranked opponents.
Until the Blue Devils pulled away in the final minutes, neither team led by more than four during a tight second half in which there were six ties and only three lead changes.
Diandra Tchatchouang hit a 3-pointer — just her fifth this season — with 6:14 left to give Maryland its first lead since early in the second half, 53-52. Duke didn't lead again until Thomas' 25-footer in the final 2 minutes.
For a while early, it looked as though the Blue Devils might get run off their notoriously inhospitable home court.
Keyed by consecutive 3s from Rodgers, Maryland reeled off 14 straight points while holding Duke scoreless for more than 5 minutes and taking a 22-13 lead with 12 minutes left in the half. Rodgers later hit a layup to make it 25-15 — the only double-figure lead for either team.
Duke got back in the game with a Krystal Thomas-led 12-2 run that tied it at 27, but Kizer's hook shot at the buzzer gave Maryland a 33-29 at the break — the Blue Devils' largest halftime deficit of the season.