Terrapins Push Past Deacons, 73-63
Feb. 8, 2013
Malina Howard added 12 to help the Terrapins (19-3, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) to their ninth straight win and 13th straight over the Demon Deacons (10-13, 3-8).
Maryland shot 54 percent, built a 20-point lead in the second half. Wake Forest cut it to single digits before regroup the Terps regrouped just in time to preserve a huge matchup Monday night at No. 4 Duke.
Chelsea Douglas scored 17 points for the Demon Deacons, who were denied their biggest victory in 20 years and lost their fifth straight. They clawed back in the game with a 31-14 run during a 12-minute stretch.
Douglas capped that run with a free throw with 3:01 left to pull them to 62-59. Dearica Hamby hit a layup to bring Wake Forest within three at 64-61 with 2 1/2 minutes left, but Maryland dug in to hold the Deacons scoreless the rest of the way.
Thomas scored seven points in the final 2:09, hitting five of six free throws and adding a layup to help the Terps pull away and set up their huge visit to Duke with a share of first place in the league on the line for Maryland.
Wake Forest had 23 turnovers, and the Terps turned those miscues into 29 points.
Thomas had her younger brother Devin -- the starting center as a freshman on the Wake Forest men's team -- watching this one from the stands.
She scored 11 of the Terps' first 15 points and needed barely over eight minutes to reach double figures for the 16th straight game.
The Terps started a 26-6 run six minutes into the first that carried over through the break. Chloe Pavlech's free throw with 16:50 to play pushed the lead to 48-28.
Next, the Terps will head over to Durham to take on No. 4 Duke (21-1, 11-0) Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be shown nationally on ESPN2, ESPN3.com and the Watch ESPN app. The game will also be broadcast on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network and can be heard on 1300 AM and UMTerps.com.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.