Nov. 11, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md. - Tianna Hawkins scored 26 of her career-high 33 points in the first half and No. 5 Maryland cruised to an 88-45 victory at crosstown rival Loyola on Sunday night.
Hawkins also had 13 rebounds and finished with a double-double for the second consecutive game. Alicia DeVaughn scored 16 points and Tierney Pfirman added 13 for the Terrapins (2-0), who have four starters back from last year's team that won the ACC title and advanced to the Elite Eight for the fourth time under coach Brenda Frese.
"I thought our energy was really good and Loyola was really scrappy," Frese said. "They made us work. They're going to go far with that kind of energy. I thought our size gave them problems."
Katie Sheahin, last season's Player of the Year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, led Loyola (0-1) with 19 points and made all eight of her free throws attempts.
The Terrapins dominated the paint and outrebounded the Greyhounds, 55-18. Maryland also made nearly 52 percent (30-for-58) of its shots.
After a layup by Diana Logan cut Maryland's lead to 21-18 with seven minutes remaining in the first half, Hawkins scored eight points in a decisive 14-0 run over the next four minutes. A pair of free throws by Pfirman later increased Maryland's lead to 41-25 at the break.
"I was just getting out in transition and my teammates were finding me for the easy basket," Hawkins said. "That was pretty much what happened."
The Terrapins continued to pull away in the second half and consecutive three-pointers by Katie Rutan, an Xavier transfer who sat out last season, provided a 57-33 lead with 14:16 left in the game. Loyola could not get any closer than 20 points the rest of the way.
Maryland now leads the series 19-3 and have not lost to the Greyhounds since 1998. It was the first Loyola has lost by 30 points since an 84-46 setback to the Terrapins last season.
Next, the Terps will stay on the road for a 2 p.m. game at St. Joseph's in Philadelphia next Saturday.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.