Hawkins Leads Terps Over Virginia

Tianna Hawkins career-high 26 points led the Terps over Virginia 73-56.

Tianna Hawkins scored a career-high 26 points to help propel the No. 8/7 Maryland Terrapins to a 73-56 road win over the Virginia Cavaliers on Thursday night. The Terps now stand at 22-4, 9-4 in the ACC, while Virginia drops to 18-9, 6-7 in the ACC. It was a special win for Maryland, as it was the 300th career victory for Head Coach Brenda Frese.

Offensively, Hawkins had nearly as efficient a night as a player can have, making all but one of her 13 shots from the floor and grabbing 14 rebounds to go along with her 26 points. Alyssa Thomas added 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Alicia DeVaughn and Laurin Mincy each grabbed eight rebounds and scored eight and nine points, respectively.

Strong defense helped the Terps limit Virginia to just 32.3% shooting, but Maryland made the biggest difference on the boards, where they dominated the Cavaliers 53-to-26 in rebounds.

After previously defeating the Cavaliers by just seven at home last month, the Terps made sure they had more breathing room this time. They raced out to an early 24-9 lead through the first 10 minutes and never looked back, taking a 44-21 lead into the locker room.

Virginia tried to rally in the second half behind Ariana Moore, who cut the deficit to 11 on a lay-up with nine minutes to play, but Maryland answered with a 10-0 run to re-establish their lead for good, cruising to the 17-point margin of victory.

Moore led the Cavaliers with 23 points and Ataira Frankin added 10, as the two combined to take more than half of UVA's shots. But the rest of Virgina's players were held relatively quiet offensively, managing just 23 points collectively.

Maryland will next host No. 5 Duke on Sunday, hoping to avenge their 80-72 loss at the hands of the Blue Devils in Durham last month. Duke currently stands at 12-0 and in first place in the ACC. Tip-off is at 3 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

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