March 23, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Alyssa Thomas had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Maryland outmuscled Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the NCAA First Round in College Park Sunday.
The fourth-seeded Terrapins (25-7) trailed by nine in the first half, moved in front 27-23 at the break and dominated the second half against the smaller Bobcats, who couldn't stop Thomas' repeated forays into the lane.
Tianna Hawkins had 23 points and 16 rebounds for Maryland. Alicia DeVaughn added a career-high 17 rebounds and Katie Rutan had her career-high 11 boards. Thomas' double-double was her 20th of the season. She also notched five assists.
The Terrapins advanced to the Second Round for the ninth time under Frese and will play the 5-seed Michigan State (25-8) Monday at 7 p.m. in College Park. Monday's game will be shown on ESPN2 and ESPN3. Head coach Brenda Frese and selected Terrapins will be available to all credentialed media in a pregame press conference Sunday at 11:20 a.m. in the Comcast Center media work room and will hold a practice open to the media from noon to 2 p.m.
Felicia Barron scored 13 for No. 13 seed Quinnipiac (30-3), the Northeast Conference champions. The Bobcats had won 22 straight since a 74-57 defeat against Georgia Tech on Dec. 29.
Quinnipiac played well for much of the first half, but very little went right for the Bobcats after that. Maryland opened the second half with a 14-3 run to go up 41-26, and Quinnipiac couldn't score with enough consistency to make up the difference.
During the first 10 minutes after the break, Quinnipiac was 2 for 22 from the floor while being outscored 22-9. The Bobcats finished with a 23 percent field-goal percentage on 17-for-74 shooting.
On defense, Quinnipiac had no answer for the 6-foot-2 Thomas and the 6-3 Hawkins, as well as the other Terrapins. Both teams had 22 rebounds at halftime, but Maryland finished with a 59-41 advantage.
Although the Bobcats missed seven of their first eight shots, Maryland started 4 for 20 from the floor. The Terrapins trailed 21-12 before Thomas made a layup to spark a 9-0 spurt that included five points by Hawkins.
With her five free throws, Thomas has made 169 free throws this year, which topped Marissa Coleman's school record of 166 made in the 2007-08 season.
Tickets for the Second Round in College Park start at $14 for a single session general admission ticket and go up to $30 for an all-session reserved seat. For more information or to purchase, log on to /ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=29700&ATCLID=208128105.
The Terrapins are in the Bridgeport regional, in which Connecticut is the No. 1 seed. For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.
In last year's NCAA Tournament run, the second-seeded Terps advanced all the way to the Elite Eight. They beat Navy and Louisville in College Park, then came back from an 18-point deficit to knock off defending national champion Texas A&M, 81-74, in the Sweet Sixteen.
This marks Maryland's 21st NCAA Tournament appearance and ninth in Frese's 11 years. She's led Maryland to four Elite Eights, four Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 20-7 (.741). The Terps are 9-2 (.818) in NCAA Tournament games in Comcast Center.
Now in her 11th season at Maryland, Frese was voted ACC Coach of the Year by her peers. Junior Alyssa Thomas was voted ACC Player of the Year for the second straight season and is the first Terrapin to earn the award twice. She led the league in points (18.4), rebounds (10.5) and assists (5.5).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.