March 3, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Tianna Hawkins led five Terrapins in double figures as No. 9 Maryland defeated Wake Forest 88-61 Sunday at Comcast Center on senior day.
The Terrapins (23-6, 14-4 ACC) led 38-22 at halftime and coasted to their 14th straight victory over the Demon Deacons (12-18, 5-13).
Maryland will receive a first-round bye in the ACC tournament, which gets under way Thursday. The Terrapins, who won the event last year, will be seeded either second or third and will find out their seed, game time and possible opponents Sunday night. The Terps have locked up a first round bye for the eighth time in head coach Brenda Frese's 11 years and for the third straight year. They will play Friday at 6 or 8 p.m.
Playing in her final regular-season home game, Hawkins scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season and 37th of her career.
Alyssa Thomas added 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and reserve guard Sequoia Austin notched a career-high 15 points. Alicia DeVaughn scored 14 points and Malina Howard added 13.
Dearica Hamby scored 11 for the Demon Deacons, whose only lead was 3-2.
Maryland led 38-25 early in the second half before Hawkins made a layup to ignite a 13-2 spurt that made it 51-27. DeVaughn scored five of her 14 points during the run.
Wake Forest went 2 for 8 from the field with eight turnovers in the first 10 1/2 minutes while falling behind 17-5. During that span, the Terrapins received points from five different players, including four by Thomas during an 11-0 run.
After Asia Williams made a free throw for the Demon Deacons, Austin hit a jumper and scored off her own steal for a 21-6 advantage.
Wake Forest endured a stretch of eight minutes, 20 seconds without a field goal before Sandra Garcia made a layup with 7:15 left in the half. Minutes later, Hawkins scored inside to spark a 6-0 burst that made it 32-13.
Hawkins has led the ACC in scoring all season long. She averages 18.5 points per game, which is the most any Terrapin has averaged in a single season since Deanna Tate averaged 19.8 in 1988-89. Hawkins is second in the league rebounding with 9.4 per contest. The senior recently broke the 1,000-rebound mark and is third on Maryland's all-time list. She currently has 1,518 career points.
The Terrapins also honored senior Caitlin Adams prior to the game. Adams joined the Terrapins in January. She played on the Maryland volleyball team in the fall, then joined the women's basketball squad. She's seen time in nine games and has been a valued contributor throughout her time.
For game times and the latest on the ACC Tournament, log on to http://www.theacc.com/championships/acc-womens-basketball-tournament.html. All rounds will be televised.
Maryland won the program's 10th ACC title last year as the No. 3 seed with a 68-65 win over fourth-seeded Georgia Tech. ACC Tournament MVP Alyssa Thomas scored 29 points in the championship game to lift the Terps.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.