By HANK KURZ Jr., AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —
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.
Alicia 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.
Virginia 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.
Virginia 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.
The Terps 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 overall.
Virginia shot 26 percent (13 of 50), and was just 3 of 19 in the second half.
UAB 61, Marshall 43
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The UAB Blazers scored 18 points off 20 Marshall turnovers as the Thundering Herd dropped to 0-6 in Conference USA road games on Sunday.
UAB (15-9, 6-5 C-USA) was led by conference player of the week Ashley Grimes, who had 19 points after going 8-for-12 from the field.
Grimes hit back-to-back shots to help UAB climb to a 9-2 lead after the opening four minutes of play. UAB controlled the momentum for most of the first half and led 30-16 at the break. The Blazers maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way,
Erica Woods had 11 points, two steals and two rebounds for Marshall (8-16, 2-9 C-USA). Chukwuka Ezeigbo, Suporia Dickens and Shay Weaver had nine points each. Ezeigbo and Leandra King had eight rebounds apiece.
Marshall out-rebounded the Blazers 34-32 and had three extra offensive boards than the Blazers, totaling 12. The Herd finished the game 16-of-47 from the field. UAB went 25-of-55 from the field and was efficient at the free throw line, going 7-of-8.
“We didn’t focus on anything and we didn’t execute on either end,” said Marshall coach Matt Daniel on the athletics website. “You can’t do that … you can’t come out with that little focus."
Clemson 51, Virginia Tech 46
CLEMSON, S.C. — The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team trailed by one going in to the final two minutes, but Clemson held off the Hokies on Sunday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Monet Tellier led all scorers in the game with 20 points for the Hokies (8-17, 2-12 ACC), marking her fifth 20-point performance of the season. Lauren Evans added 10 points for Tech.
Alyssa Fenyn tallied eight points, pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, handed out five assists and picked up four steals.
Natiece Ford posted 15 points for the Tigers (7-18, 3-11 ACC).
The Hokies got out to a quick lead as Evans knocked down six straight points in the opening three minutes to put Tech up 6-0. Clemson answered with an 11-2 run, taking an 11-8 lead with just over 11 minutes to play in the opening period.
Tellier went to work, scoring the final 11 points of the half for Tech beginning at the 5:30 mark. During the stretch, Tellier knocked down a trio of three pointers and a long jumper. Virginia Tech took a 25-17 advantage into the break.
Coming out of the intermission, the Hokies scored the first three points to take the largest lead of the game by either team, up 11 (28-17) in the opening two minutes.
An 8-3 Clemson run gave the home team a 43-38 advantage with 4:22 to go.
Tech cut the Lady Tigers lead down to one (47-46) with 2:01 on the clock. The Hokies were unable to connect in the final minutes as Clemson held on.
Virginia Tech shot 30 percent from the field (15-of-50) while Clemson knocked down 40.5 percent (17-of-42) of its shots from the field.
Tech held a 35-32 advantage on the boards. The Hokies forced 21 Clemson turnovers to post 20 points. Clemson tallied 13 points off 21 Tech turnovers.