CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -
The eighth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team suffered through a cold-shooting second half Thursday and fell 60-57 at No. 15 North Carolina. Tianna Hawkins led with 23 points, 13 rebounds and Alyssa Thomas added 15 points, 16 boards.
The Terrapins led 35-29 at half, and shot 39.5 percent. To begin the second half, North Carolina jumped out to a 14-1 run and held the Terps bucket-less until Hawkins made a layup with just under 12 minutes to go. For the second half, the Terrapins (10-3, 1-1 ACC) shot just 23.5 percent, well under their season average of 48.4 percent. Nine of Thomas' 15 points came in the final five minutes as the Terrapins pushed.
Two free throws by Hawkins cut the Heels' lead to six with 8:33 to play. North Carolina extended its lead to 11 with 6:47 to go.
Maryland trailed by double digits with 1:48 to play and head coach Brenda Frese called time out. Back to back buckets by Thomas and freshman point guard Chloe Pavlech cut it to six with 55 seconds to play. Thomas added two free throws to make it a four-point game with 49 seconds to go.
Thomas put one in with 13 seconds to play to make it 59-57, then UNC's Danielle Butts made one free throw for the final score of 60-57. In the final 10 seconds, Katie Rutan had two three-point looks.
The Terps out rebounded the Heels, 50-47.
Next, the Terps will host No. 19 Florida State (12-1, 2-0) Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in Comcast Center. The game will be shown live on ESPNU. For tickets, log on to UMTerps.com or call 1-800-IM-A-TERP. Sunday's game will be State of Basketball Day. Buy one ticket at the box office on game day, get one free for any child in a youth basketball jersey. Maryland will also be welcoming all Terps of the past back for Alumni Day.
Next Thursday, the Terrapins will host Miami at 7 p.m. for $1 night. Fans can purchase $1 tickets and $1 concession specials.
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