Thomas, Terps Hammer Hokies, 74-45
Jan. 13, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Alyssa Thomas had 26 points, a career-high 18 rebounds, six assists and three blocks and No. 10 Maryland took charge from the opening tip and beat Virginia Tech 74-45 on Sunday at Cassell Coliseum.
Thomas, the reigning ACC player of the year, led the Terrapins (13-3, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won for the ninth time in 10 games. Tianna Hawkins added 14 points and freshman Tierney Pfirman and Katie Rutan each scored 11.
Maryland went ahead by double figures on three free throws by Rutan with just over eight minutes to go before halftime and the Hokies never got within single digits again.
Uju Ugoka scored 12 points and Monet Tellier had 11 for Virginia Tech (7-9, 1-4), which lost its fourth straight.
Thomas and the Terps were focused from the start, with Thomas scoring the game's first six points. Maryland also blocked several shots in the early going, and that surely contributed greatly to Virginia Tech's shooting woes. The Hokies missed 12 of their first 14 shots and shot 27.9 percent (19-68) overall. Virginia Tech also went five minutes before scoring on Porschia Hadley's putback.
Leading just 15-9 after 12 minutes, Maryland used a 13-3 run to open its lead to 28-12. Pfirman started it with a 3-pointer, Rutan hit three free throws and Hawkins finished it with a jumper.
The Terps' lead was 37-22 at halftime, and after Virginia Tech closed to within 43-31 with 15 minutes to go, Malina Howard hit a jumper from the free throw line, Pfirman had a three-point play and Howard followed a Hokies turnover with a 3-pointer, pushing the lead back to 51-31, and all suspense was gone.
The Terrapins, the top rebounding team in the country, beat the Hokies on the boards, 43-33.
Next, the Terrapins will return home to host North Carolina State (8-9, 0-5) Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at Comcast Center. Thursday's game will be Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night, so all campus faculty and staff members can claim up to four free tickets prior to game day by calling the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP.
Thursday's game will also be televised on RSN and can be seen on Comcast SportsNet locally and on ESPN3.com. For the full list of where to watch, log on to http://www.theacc.com/live/2013-acc-basketball-womens-match-center-174.html.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.