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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Alyssa Thomas had 27 points and 13
rebounds and No. 7 Maryland used a 26-3 run spanning the halves to blow
open a close game and beat Virginia 73-44 on Sunday.
DeVaughn added 14 points and Malina Howard 12 for the Terrapins (21-4,
12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led 29-25 before two free throws by
DeVaughn sparked the burst 3:46 before halftime.
Ataira Franklin led Virginia (15-10, 7-7) with 21 points, but the Cavaliers lost for the fourth time in five game.
missed 16 consecutive field goals tries during the drought until
Franklin's 3-pointer finally dropped 6:22 into the second half. It was
the first points for Virginia since Franklin's putback with 4:06
remaining in the opening half.
Katie Rutan added 11 for Maryland,
which moved into sole possession of second place in the ACC because No.
14 North Carolina lost 80-73 to No. 19 Florida State earlier in the day.
For the first 13 minutes, Virginia hung with the Terps.
trailed 23-13 until two free throws by Faith Randolph sparked a 10-2
run. Telia McCall scored inside and made a 3-pointer from the top of the
key, and Franklin followed with another 3 from the right corner,
prompting Terps coach Brenda Frese to call a timeout with about 7
minutes left in the half.
The Terps responded, holding the
Cavaliers to one basket the rest of the way in a 12-2 run that made it
37-25 at the half. Virginia missed its last seven shots and was 10 of 31
(32.2 percent) for the half.
Thomas, who had 14 points, eight
rebounds and three assists by halftime, opened the second half with a
driving basket and foul-line jumper. After DeVaughn scored, Thomas hit
another 12-footer in the lane, Rutan made a 3-pointer from the left
corner and Thomas' free throw completed a 20-0 burst.
arrived No. 2 in the nation with a plus 15.8 rebounding differential,
and their size advantage was evident from the outset. They got 22 of
their 37 first-half points in the paint, outrebounded Virginia 20-13 in
the opening 20 minutes and shot 55.6 percent from the field (15 of 27).
Maryland finished with a 40-23 rebounding edge and shot 52.8 percent
Virginia shot 26 percent (13 of 50), and was just 3 of 19 in the second half.