No. 8 Maryland 73, Virginia 56
Coming off a home loss to sixth-ranked Miami, No. 8 Maryland
probably had the perfect opponent for its next game.
”A couple of us are rivalry players to a couple of the players
on the Virginia team, so we had a little more energy,” Tianna
Hawkins said after she scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed
14 rebounds Thursday night to lead the Terrapins to a 73-56 victory
against the Cavaliers.
Hawkins, who leads the nation in field goal percentage at .633,
missed just once in 13 shot attempts for the Terrapins (22-4, 9-4
Atlantic Coast Conference), who won two years ago in
Charlottesville by a point and doubled that margin last year – but
needed overtime to do it.
The victory was the 300th for coach Brenda Frese, and her team
made it look easy.
”The last two years, we’ve come in here and we’ve sprinted out
of here,” she said.
This time, they sprinted to a big early lead and led by double
digits for the final 31 minutes.
”It was pretty close to as flawless a first half as it could
get,” Frese said. ”I thought we really set the tone tonight with
our defense and our rebounding. Those are the things you have to
have, especially as you’re going down the stretch here in February
and into the postseason.”
The Cavaliers came into the game ranked 18th nationally in
scoring defense, allowing just 52.9 points per game, but nearly
gave up that many by halftime.
The Terrapins built a 22-8 cushion and scored 30 of their first
32 points in the paint. They outrebounded the Cavs 29-10 in the
first 20 minutes and had 15 second-chance points to lead 44-21.
Hawkins had 15 points and 10 rebounds by the break. Alyssa
Thomas finished with 16 points for Maryland, and the Terrapins
scored 48 points in the paint. Virginia, by contrast, had just
”They came out and played like they were playing for something
going down the stretch, and we came out and we got punched and we
didn’t respond until the second half,” first-year Virginia coach
Joanne Boyle said.
Virginia (18-9, 6-7) got no closer than 11 in the second
Ariana Moorer led Virginia with 23 points and Ataira Franklin
The Terrapins stretched their margin to 24 several times in the
second half before Virginia rallied. A jumper by Franklin, two free
throws by Moorer and a steal and layup by Moorer made it 57-46,
inciting the crowd and prompting Frese to call timeout.
Hawkins steadied things with a jumper, and after Virginia
missed, Alicia DeVaughn’s putback rebuilt the lead to 61-46.
The Cavaliers lost 68-61 at College Park on Jan. 16, but quickly
found themselves hoping just to get that close in the rematch.
After Chelsea Shine’s 10-foot jumper opened the scoring,
Maryland scored 22 of the next 28 points to take command.
Maryland finished with a 53-26 rebounding edge and got 22
offensive rebounds that it turned into 23 points.
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