COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Freshman Chloe Pavlech scored a season-high 20, Tianna Hawkins had 18 points and 11 rebounds and No. 10 Maryland pulled away to an 84-62 victory over No. 24 Miami on Thursday night, for their second straight victory over a ranked team.
Alyssa Thomas added 18 points for the Terrapins (12-3, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) and freshman Malina Howard scored 10. Maryland led by six at halftime before Thomas fueled a 12-4 run by scoring the Terrapins' first nine points after the break.
"It says a lot about who we are because they want to continue to perform and get better," head coach Brenda Frese said. "We're enjoying the process, but we understand it's only January and we have to continue to get better. We were really good tonight, but as we move to tomorrow we have to get ready for a really tough game in Blacksburg. No one in our locker room had beat Miami, and that's a pride factor."
Pavlech, a 5-foot-9 guard, previously reached double figures only once -- a 10-point effort against Connecticut. In this one, she had 14 at halftime and finished 8 of 11 from the floor.
It was Maryland's third straight game against a ranked opponent. The win also ended the Hurricanes' five-game winning streak.
Morgan Stroman led Miami (12-3, 3-1) with 14 points, and Stefanie Yderstrom and Suriya McGuire each had 13. The Hurricanes had won four straight against Maryland.
Held to one point on 0-for-6 shooting in the first half, Hawkins returned from the break to make a layup and a three-point play to put Maryland ahead 42-31. She then scored on a follow and hit a jumper off the glass before Thomas scooped in a right-handed shot while being fouled, and her free throw made it 49-35.
It was 54-42 before Maryland's Malina Howard scored on a drive and Hawkins made a layup to launch an 8-0 run that increased the margin to 20.
Miami bolted to an 8-1 lead as the Terrapins started 2 for 11 from the field. Maryland eventually went up 23-18 before Yderstrom buried a 3-pointer, Stroman made two free throws and Keyona Hayes sank a baseline jumper to put the Hurricanes back in front.
Pavlech answered with a layup, a 3-pointer and a free throw for a 29-25 advantage, a lead the Terrapins would not lose.
Next, the Terrapins will travel to Virginia Tech (7-3, 1-3) Sunday for a 2 p.m. game in Blacksburg. The Terps-Hokies game will also be broadcast on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network and can be heard on AM 1300 or UMTerps.com.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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