#8 Terps Fight in Second, Falter vs. #5 Duke

Feb. 24, 2013

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After an ice-cold first half, the eighth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team improved its game in the second, but it wasn't enough to top No. 8 Duke Sunday. The Blue Devils held off the Terps' rally, 75-59.

Senior Tianna Hawkins and junior Alyssa Thomas led the second half charge for the Terrapins (22-5, 13-3 ACC). Hawkins finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and Thomas added 14 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Elizabeth Williams scored 16 points and Alexis Jones, Haley Peters and Tricia Liston each added 15 points for the Blue Devils (26-1, 16-0).

The Terrapins, who shot 34.8 percent from 3-point range entering the game, were 3 for 18 from beyond the arc, including 0-for-9 in the first half.

Maryland led by as much as three in the first. What began as an up-tempo defensive struggle turned quickly after a baseline jumper by Hawkins put Maryland up 11-10 with 15:26 remaining in the first half. Four Blue Devils scored during a 9-0 run midway through the first half, when Maryland went cold from the floor and didn't score for a stretch. Duke led 37-25 at halftime.

Hawkins scored eight of the Terrapins' first 10 points in the second half, with the teams swapping scores early on. Maryland twice got within eight points in the second half.

The Terrapins, the nation's top rebounding team, held the advantage on the glass.

The crowd of 15,853 is the seventh-largest in ACC women's basketball history, with the top 10 attendance records belonging to Maryland.

The Terps joined forces with Apple Ford Lincoln for the third annual Team Tyler game, along with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the There Goes My Hero Foundation.

Fans can also text TYLER to 64274 to donate now to the Team Tyler Foundation. Normal message and data rates apply.

After Sunday's contest, the Terrapins will take on No. 19 Florida State (20-5, 10-6) Thursday at 7 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla. The Terps-Seminoles matchup will be shown live on and the Terrapin Sports Radio Network. It can be heard on 1300 AM and for a fee.

Maryland beat Florida State, 71-64, on Jan. 6 in College Park behind 20 points from Thomas, 17 from Hawkins and 12 from freshman Tierney Pfirman.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.