#10 Terps Dominate Inside to Beat Jackets
Jan. 20, 2013
ATLANTA - Junior forward Alyssa Thomas of 10th-ranked Maryland scored a season-high 28 points and added 10 boards and eight assists to lead the Terps to a 66-57 win at Georgia Tech Sunday at McCamish Pavilion.
The Terrapins (15-3, 6-1 ACC) dominated the inside game to secure the win. The nation's top rebounding team controlled the boards, 52-29, and outscored the Jackets (8-10, 1-6) inside by 14. Tianna Hawkins added 16 points and 14 boards and Alicia DeVaughn added 11 points and 12 rebounds.
The Terps trailed by six at 29-23 with just under four minutes to go in the first, but Katie Rutan fed DeVaughn down low to spark a 9-0 run to close the half. The Terps would take a 32-29 lead into the break behind four points from Hawkins, three from DeVaughn and a bucket by Sequoia Austin.
Maryland picked up right where it left off to start the second. Thomas rattled off eight straight points to jump out to a nine-point Terrapin lead the first four minutes of the period. Over a 10-minute span that bridged the two halves, Maryland went on a 24-2 run.
A putback by Hawkins at 15:35 put the Terrapins up by 11 and they would lead by double digits until there was under four minutes to play.
Back-to-back threes by Georgia Tech's Sydney Wallace cut the Terps' lead to nine with 3:45 to go. Four straight points by Tech's Tyaunna Marshall cut it to five, but the Jackets never got closer than that.
Marshall led Georgia Tech with 18 points and nine rebounds.
The Terrapins were without freshman forward Tierney Pfirman, who dislocated her knee in Saturday's practice. The Terrapins will await MRI results this week. Pfirman has started in 12 games this year and is averaging 8.6 points per contest.
Next, the Terps will return home to host No. 11 North Carolina (18-1, 6-0) Thursday at 8:30 p.m. For tickets to the Maryland-UNC matchup, log on to UMTerps.com or call 1-800-IM-A-TERP. The first 3,000 fans will receive a bobblehead T-shirt at the door. The Tar Heels edged the Terps, 60-57, on Jan. 3 in Chapel Hill, N.C.