Jan. 27, 2013
CLEMSON, S.C. - Tianna Hawkins scored 16 points to lead five Terps in double figures and No. 10 Maryland defeated Clemson 80-40 Sunday for head coach Brenda Frese's 100th ACC win.
The Terps (17-3, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their seventh straight since their lone league loss to North Carolina back on Jan. 3. Maryland dominated the rematch with the Tar Heels this past Thursday, 85-59, and kept the offensive show going at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Terrapins dominated the scoring inside, 40-14.
Hawkins, the ACC's leading scorer, made 7 of 12 shots for 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Alyssa Thomas, second to Hawkins in league scoring and tied with her in ACC rebounding, had 10 points and 10 rebounds for her 12th double-double for the season. Freshman Malina Howard and Katie Rutan each added 16. Alicia DeVaughn notched 14.
Nikki Dixon had 17 points to lead Clemson (5-14, 1-7), which has lost seven of its past eight games.
DeVaughn scored the first bucket of the game 15 seconds in and jumpstarted a 10-0 run for the Terps. The Tigers cut it to seven with 12 minutes left in the first, but Rutan hit three straight threes to make it a 14-point lead. Maryland held Clemson without a basket for over 10 minutes to close the first and take a 44-18 lead into the break.
Coming out of halftime, the Terrapins scored four quick points to extend the lead. Over 13:26 between halves, the Terps went on a 28-6 run.
Two free throws by Thomas made it a 30-point Terrapin lead with 12:44 to play.
Maryland, the nation's best rebounding team, outrebounded Clemson 44-23.
Frese owns a record of 100-55 (.645) in ACC play.
Next, the Terrapins will return home to welcome Boston College (8-11, 2-6) to Comcast Center Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. For tickets to the Terps-Eagles matchup, log on to UMTerps.com. The game will be shown live online for a fee on TerpsTV Premium.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.