#5 Terps Topped By #11 Miami, 75-63
Jan. 12, 2012
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Alyssa Thomas led with 18 points and Tianna Hawkins added her eighth double-double of the year, but No. 5 Maryland fell to No. 11 Miami, 75-63, Thursday night in Coral Gables, Fla. The Terrapins (16-1, 3-1 ACC) led 56-54 with just over six minutes to play, but the hot-shooting Hurricanes (14-3, 3-1 ACC) hit two quick threes within a minute to take the lead for good.
Thomas was 9-for-18 from the field with five boards, while Hawkins finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Anjale Barrett added 10 points.
After trailing by 12 at 22-10, with 11:31 left in the first half, a layup by Hawkins at 8:11 jumpstarted a 17-3 Terps run to close the first half. Maryland extended its run to go up 35-28 and force a Miami timeout with 18:47 to play in the second.
Miami's Riquna Williams, a Preseason All-ACC Player, was 8-for-14 from outside the arc to lead the Hurricanes with 34 points. Stefanie Yderstrom was 4-for-7 from downtown for 12 points. As a team, Miami shot 46.4 percent from three-point range.
The Terrapins held Shenise Johnson, the reigning ACC Player of the Year, to six points, well below her average of 16.4 points per contest. Maryland ended her streak of scoring in double figures in 87 straight games - the longest active streak in the country.
The Hurricanes won the battle on the glass, 48-40, but the Terps outscored them in the paint 34-18.
Next, the Terps will return home for a matchup with Virginia (13-4, 1-2) Monday at 8:30 umterps.com or call 1-800-IM-A-TERP.
The Maryland-Virginia game will be shown on the RSN family of networks, which includes Comcast SportsNet, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports Carolinas and New England Sports Network. Log on to http://www.theacc.com/live/2012-acc-womens-basketball-rsn-match-center-virginia-at-maryland.html or please check your local listings for more information.
Monday's game will also be broadcast on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network and can be heard on 1300 WJZ AM and 930 WFMD.
Maryland is ranked No. 5 in the latest Associated Press rankings and the ESPN/USA Today Division I Top 25 Coaches' poll.