CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Alyssa Thomas added her 19th double-double in 24 games and Alicia DeVaughn had a dominating second half as No. 9 Maryland women’s basketball handled Miami, 67-52, Thursday. The Terrapins (20-4, 8-3 ACC) won their fourth straight and reached the 20-win mark for the 10th time in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 seasons.
Thomas had 18 points and 12 rebounds on the night. DeVaughn had nine points and 11 rebounds, all in the second half, in front of her hometown crowd and freshman Brionna Jones added 11 points and five boards. Sophomore Tierney Pfirman scored 10 points with four boards.
Maryland dominated the glass, 48-20, and had 25 offensive rebounds. On the defensive end, the Terrapins held Miami well under its average of 70.9 points per game.
“I really like how we played and I thought it was a pretty complete game for us,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “Anytime you go on the road in the ACC and as talented as Miami is, it’s just a really big win for us. Love the fact that we dominated the glass. I thought we were able to use our size inside to our advantage. I really thought our defense and our rebounding were keys for us.”
The Terrapins started the game on a 10-0 run and never trailed in their first victory at Miami since 2009. The Hurricanes overcame the early double-digit deficit and tied it at 21-21 on Maria Brown's 3-point play with 6:35 remaining in the first half.
Maryland outscored Miami 15-6 in the final 4:55 of the half. Malina Howard's layup with 3 seconds remaining gave the Terrapins a 36-27 lead at the break.
The Terps picked up where they left off to start the second half when freshman Lexie Brown hit a three seven seconds into the second period to start a 17-4 run. Jones' layup with 12:53 remaining in the second half gave Maryland its first 20-point lead, 51-31.
The Hurricanes got no closer than 62-47 after Caprice Dennis' jumper with 2:46 left.
Adrienne Motley, who scored 27 and 26 points in her last two outings, led the Hurricanes (12-11, 4-8) with 12 points and just two in the second half.
Thomas is just 111 points from breaking Crystal Langhorne’s school scoring record of 2,247. Thomas’ 1,112 career rebounds are 117 shy of Langhorne’s record of 1,229. With her 57th career double-double vs. the Hurricanes, Thomas needs just three to surpass Langhorne’s record of 59.
The Terrapins are ranked No. 9 in the latest Associated Press and in the USA Today Coaches polls.
After Sunday’s game, the Terrapins will take on No. 7 Duke Monday in Durham (22-3, 9-2) at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 as part of ESPN’s Big Monday. The game can also be seen on ESPN3.com and the Watch ESPN app.
The Terps-Blue Devils game can be heard on the Maryland Sports Radio Network online at umterps.com and on 1300 AM (Baltimore) and 570 AM (DC). Live stats will be available through umterps.com and live updates will be at http://twitter.com/umdwbb.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.