Dec. 28, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Tianna Hawkins had 20 points off 9-for-9 shooting from the floor, and No. 9 Maryland cruised to a 76-36 victory against Brown in the opening round of the Terrapin Classic on Friday.
Hawkins has created matchup problems for most opponents this season, and she wasted little time establishing her dominance against the Bears, as she scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half.
Alyssa Thomas had 16 points and Katie Rutan added 11 points for the Terrapins (9-2), who have won five consecutive games. Maryland leads the nation with a 19.1 rebounding margin and outrebounded Brown 43-24.
"I thought it was a slow start and we had to shake off some rust," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "The second half was really good. We consistently had energy. I liked how we were able to get a lot more aggressive defensively. Really, our transition game got going from our defense. I thought we were really unselfish with the basketball."
Lauren Clarke had eight points for the Bears (3-6), who have lost four of their past five games.
Maryland got off to a sluggish start and trailed until Rutan made a 3-pointer with 13:09 left in the first half for a 16-14 lead. Maryland took over and a layup by Hawkins capped a 12-2 run, helping the Terps extend the margin to 37-24 at the break.
"I think going into the game I had great focus," said Hawkins. "I think that helps my teammates. I just hit my open shots."
The Terps shot 55 percent from the floor for the game and held the Bears to just 25.9 percent shooting. The Terrapins dominated the scoring inside, 50-14.
In the second half, eight points by Thomas sparked a 19-0 run and increased the lead to 62-31 with 6:02 remaining.
Maryland will play Hartford Saturday at 4:30 p.m. for the Terrapin Classic championship, then Brown will play UMES at 7 p.m.
GameTracker live stats will be available for all both of Sunday's games and Maryland's game will be shown live online for a fee on TerpsTV Premium. For tickets, GameTracker links and more, log on to the Terrapin Classic Central.
The men's basketball team will take on Delaware State at Comcast Center at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, so traffic may be affected
After this weekend's games, the Terrapins will play at No. 16 North Carolina (11-1) Thursday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on AM 1300 and AM 570, as well as online for a fee on UMTerps.com.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.