CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior Alyssa Thomas led No. 6 Maryland with 27 points and 10 rebounds, but the Terrapins were outscored in the second half to fall 86-72 at Virginia Thursday. The senior became the fourth Terp to hit 2,000 points during Thursday’s matchup.
Thomas picked up her 16th double-double of the year in the Terps’ 18 games. Senior Alicia DeVaughn added 14 points, 12 in the second half, as the Terrapins (16-2, 4-1 ACC) worked throughout the period. After holding a four-point lead at the break, Virginia outscored Maryland 52-34 in the second half for the win.
Thomas entered Thursday’s game with 1,993 career points. She hit the 2,000 mark with a midrange jumper with 4:18 left in the first that gave Maryland a four-point lead. Just three other Terrapins have hit the 2,000 point mark – Kristi Toliver (2,078), Marissa Coleman (2,205) and Crystal Langhorne (2,247).
The two teams saw nine lead changes in the first half with Maryland leading 38-34 at halftime. Coming out of the break, Virginia went on a 14-5 run that gave them a 47-43 lead with just under 16 minutes to play.
An old-fashioned three –point play by DeVaughn off a missed free throw by Thomas cut it to three at 59-56 with 9:31 to go.
Both team’s offenses shot 50 percent for the game. Virginia hit 8-of-18 field goals for 44.4 percent.
The Terrapins are ranked No. 6 in the latest Associated Press and in the USA Today Coaches polls.
Next, Maryland will host No. 2 Notre Dame (18-0, 5-0) Monday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. The Terrapins will be hosting Dad and Daughter Date Night for the Notre Dame game with a $25 ticket package that includes two general admission tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs. For tickets, log on to the Terrapin Ticket Office online at umterps.com or call 1-800-IM-A-TERP.