Great End To The Half

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - What an incredible finish to an otherwise suspect first half here at the Comcast Center.

It all happened with Maryland up 37-31 with one minute to play. Marissa Coleman hit a three from the corner and pumped her fists in celebration, making the crowd erupt.

The Terps followed the three by picking off a Duke pass and going on a fast break, ended by another Coleman three with 20 seconds left that gave them a 43-31 lead and made the crowd go nuts.

Duke looked visibily flustered at this point, but was bailed out when Abby Waner drove to the hoop and was fouled with four seconds to play.

Waner missed her first free throw, sending the crowd into celebration once more - the students have been heckling Waner all game long with chants of, "Waaaaaaner, Waaaaaaner!"

She hit the second, the crowd silenced and the Terps couldn't score again. 43-32 Maryland at the half.

Leading the way for the Terps is Coleman, who has put on a show with her incredible personality and flair. When Coleman makes a big play, she lets the crowd know about it and they enjoy it with her. Coleman has 17 points on 4-of-7 shooting. She's a perfect 3-for-3 from deep and has made 6-of-6 free throws.

In fact, free throws have been the story for Maryland. The Terps haven't been finishing from the field, but from the line, they have been pretty close to perfect going 17-for-18. Maryland has been phyically superior to the Blue Devils and so have been getting to the line regularly.

2006 Final Four MOP Laura Harper has 12 points, five boards and, get this, five steals in the first half for the Terps.

Duke was led with 11 points by Abby Waner. Waner has showed flashes of her last-year self, but is still struggling to put the ball in the hoop as she shot 4-for-11 and 1-for-6 from deep.

The Blue Devils scrapped and clawed to stay with a dominant but shaky Maryland team through the first half, but they will have to shoot a lot better and not turn the ball over 13 times in the second if they hope to be in this game at the end.

For anyone watching this game closely, it's fairly obvious that Duke isn't in the same class as these Terps. If Maryland wanted to go inside to Crystal Langhorne, Coleman and Harper every single time, they probably could.

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