Hawkins' Big Night Lifts Maryland

Terps junior Tianna Hawkins grabbed a career high 24 rebounds in the Terps 86-58 win.

It was a record-setting night for junior Tianna Hawkins, who grabbed a program-best 24 rebounds to go along with 18 points to lead the No. 7/8 Maryland Terrapins over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 86-58.

Hawkins, who had 15 of those rebounds in the first half alone, and Alyssa Thomas helped fuel a huge second half for the Terrapins, who are now 18-1 overall and 5-1 in the ACC.

“Obviously I thought it was a really inspired second half. We really came out and played with a lot of energy,” said Maryland Head Coach Brenda Frese.

In the first half Wake Forest gave the Terps all they could handle, battling back from a nine-point deficit to force a 37-37 tie going into the locker room. The Demon Deacons had went on an 11-2 run to take their first lead of the game, going up 35-32 with 2:21 left in the half. A timely three by Brene Moseley in the final minute briefly put Maryland back on top before Wake Forest made it 37-all.

“I'm very disappointed that the ACC voted down my proposal to play 20-minute games,” joked Wake Forest Head Coach Mike Peterson after the game.

Peterson watched as Maryland came out of halftime rolling, going on a 7-0 run in the first two minutes. But arguably the two biggest possessions of the game came back-to-back a few minutes later. With the Terps only up by three, Lynetta Kizer was fouled and missed her second free throw. But Alicia DeVaughn fought to grab the rebound, and after the offense reset itself Moseley nailed a three from the corner.

On the ensuing possession, Kizer made a lay-up and was fouled. Once again, DeVaughn seized the rebound of the missed free throw, and seconds later Thomas put back a missed shot. Maryland had scored a rare four points in two consecutive possessions to go up by 11 - their largest lead yet, energizing the crowd in the process.

The run was the turning point in the game, for the rest of the way Maryland was off to the races and the Demon Deacons could do nothing to stop the Terps offensively or defensively. Maryland went on a 14-0 run to take a commanding 27-point lead and cruised to the win.

For Wake Forest, it was a tale of two halves. Petersen said that his teams' first half proved that “we are capable of playing with anybody in the country, anywhere in the country,” but was quick to point out Maryland's strengths.

[Maryland is] really good,” he said. That's the best offensive-rebounding team I've ever seen … they're getting back 58 or 59 percent of their misses for the season. That's what you call a statistical oddity. I don't know how that happens."

Besides Hawkins' big night, Alyssa Thomas put together a solid game of her own. Thomas also had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and had several nice passes that gave her seven assists on the night. Together, Hawkins and Thomas alone had 35 of Maryland's 56 rebounds.

“Obviously you look pretty good when you have rebounding machines like the two that we have here,” said Frese, referring to the aforementioned two.

The Terps also received double-figure point contributions from Laurin Mincy, Brene Moseley, and Lynetta Kizer, who each had 11 points. Alicia DeVaughn also had a good night, scoring nine points, grabbing eight rebounds, and recording five blocked shots.

Frese originally took Hawkins out of the game with less than three minutes to play, until she was informed that the junior was currently tied for the team's single-game rebounding record.

“I asked the team if we should let her come back in and they unanimously said yes," Frese said, smiling. “That record has been in the record books for a very long time. I have never seen anyone get 24 rebounds in a game.”

Hawkins was modest when asked about her performance, saying that she was “just happy to do something in the game to help the team out.” But her team knew how much the record meant.

“My teammates were pushing me to get that last rebound and the crowd was also pushing me to get it, so it felt good to have everyone commend me on that,” said Hawkins, who grabbed the last board with just 33 seconds left in the game.

Maryland now must travel to Durham to take on No. 5 Duke on Sunday afternoon in what is sure to be an intense Top-10 match-up.

“[The team] knows what it's like to go into Cameron and will be fully prepared,” said Frese. “I want the team to come out and play for 40 minutes. That's what we are going to have to have to go down there and win.”

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