CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Alyssa Thomas had 27 points and 13 rebounds as No. 7 Maryland used a 26-3 run to handle border rival Virginia 73-44 on Sunday in Charlottesville.
Alicia DeVaughn added 14 points and Malina Howard 12 for the Terrapins (21-4, 12-2 ACC), who led 29-25 before two free throws by DeVaughn sparked the burst 3:46 before halftime. Katie Rutan added 11 points for Maryland, which took over sole possession of second place in the ACC with the win.
Ataira Franklin led Virginia (15-10, 7-7) with 21 points, but the Cavaliers lost for the fourth time in five games. The Maryland defense held Virginia to just three field goals in the second half.
Virginia missed 16 consecutive field goals tries during the stifling drought by the Terrapins' defense until Franklin's 3-pointer finally dropped 6:22 into the second half. It was the first points for Virginia since Franklin's putback with 4:06 remaining in the opening half.
For the first 13 minutes, Virginia hung with the Terps. Virginia trailed 23-13 until two free throws by Faith Randolph sparked a 10-2 run. Telia McCall scored inside and made a 3-pointer from the top of the key, and Franklin followed with another 3 from the right corner, prompting Terps coach Brenda Frese to call a timeout with just over seven minutes left in the half.
The Terps responded, holding the Cavaliers to one basket the rest of the way in a 12-2 run that made it 37-25 at the half. Virginia missed its last seven shots and was 10 of 31 (32.2 percent) for the half.
Thomas, who had 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists by halftime, opened the second half with a driving basket and foul-line jumper. After DeVaughn scored, Thomas hit another 12-footer in the lane, Rutan made a 3-pointer from the left corner and Thomas' free throw completed a 20-0 burst.
The Terps arrived No. 2 in the nation with a plus 15.8 rebounding differential, and their size advantage was evident from the outset. They got 22 of their 37 first-half points in the paint, outrebounded Virginia 20-13 in the opening 20 minutes and shot 55.6 percent from the field (15 of 27). Maryland finished with a 40-23 rebounding edge and shot 52.8 percent overall. Virginia shot 26 percent (13 of 50), and was just 3 of 19 in the second half.
Tianna Hawkins moved closer to the 1,000-rebound mark. She currently has 996 in her career. Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman are the only Terrapins ever to reach the 1,000-rebound plateau. Just one men's player, Len Elmore, has reached the 1,000-rebound mark.
Next, the Terrapins will trek to Boston College (10-15, 4-10) for a 7 p.m. matchup Thursday night. The game will be broadcast on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network and can be heard on 1300 AM and 570 AM, as well as UMTerps.com for a fee.
After Thursday's game, Maryland will return home to host a rematch with No. 5 Duke (24-1, 14-0) on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. in Comcast Center.
The Terps have teamed up with Apple Ford Lincoln to make it the third annual Team Tyler Game for leukemia awareness. An exclusive Team Tyler ticket package is available for $30 and includes a seat in a reserved section, an special Under Armour T-shirt, an autographed team photo, and a group shot with head coach Brenda Frese. To purchase call the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP or log on to umterps.com/TeamTyler.
The There Goes My Hero foundation, which is based out of Bel Air, Md., works to expand the bone marrow donor registry and find matches for all those diagnosed with leukemia through many support programs. At the Team Tyler game, the There Goes My Hero foundation will be on the 300 level concourse, behind sections 207 and 208, prior to the game to register donors.
Fans can also text TYLER to 64274 to donate now to the Team Tyler Foundation. Normal message and data rates apply.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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