#10 Maryland, #11 UNC Set for Showdown
Jan. 23, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 10th-ranked Maryland women's basketball team will welcome No. 11 North Carolina to Comcast Center Thursday for an 8:30 p.m. showdown between two of the ACC's top three teams.
For tickets to the top-15 matchup, log onto UMTerps.com or call 1-800-IM-A-TERP.
The Terps-Heels game will be shown live on the RSN network, which includes Comcast SportsNet + locally, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports South, NESN, ESPN3.com and the Watch ESPN app. For the full list of where to watch, log on to http://theacc.co/RSN-NCMD012413.
The Tar Heels edged the Terps, 60-57, on Jan. 3 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Terrapins' duo of Tianna Hawkins and Alyssa Thomas combined for 38 points and 29 rebounds. Maryland led 35-29 at half, then struggled through cold-shooting in the second half. Thomas scored nine points in the game's final minutes to cut it to two.
North Carolina (18-1, 6-0) has won 11 straight games since falling to Tennessee, 102-57, last month.
Thomas was named ACC Player of the Week Monday for the second straight week, third this year and seventh of her career. This is her 14th weekly honor, after being named ACC Rookie of the Week seven times.
The Terps lead the nation in rebounding with their margin of +17.3. Currently, Hawkins and Thomas are Nos. 1 and 2 in the ACC in scoring and rebounding. Hawkins leads in scoring with 18.9 per game and in rebounding with 10.4 per game. Thomas is second in scoring with 16.8 points per game, in rebounding with 10.3 per game, and in assists with 5.5 per game.
Hawkins is third in the country in consecutive games played with 120 in her career. UConn's Kelly Farris leads with 133 and Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins has played in 130. With their double-doubles Sunday, both Thomas and Hawkins have matched their 10 double-doubles in last season.
After Thursday's game, the Terrapins will play at Clemson (5-12, 1-5) Sunday at 5 p.m. at Littlejohn Coliseum. The game will be shown live online for free at http://www.youtube.com/accdn. The game can be heard on AM 1300 and UMTerps.com for a fee.