No. 5 Maryland cruises past Mount St. Mary's 88-47

  • Article by: DAVID GINSBURG
  • Associated Press
  • November 9, 2012 - 7:53 PM

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Tianna Hawkins had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Alicia DeVaughn contributed 15 points and 11 boards, and No. 5 Maryland rolled to a season-opening 88-47 victory over crosstown-foe Mount St. Mary's on Friday night.

Alyssa Thomas scored 14 for the Terrapins, who led by 25 at halftime and coasted to the finish. Maryland has four starters back from the team that last season won the Atlantic Coast Conference and reached the final eight in the NCAA tournament.

Hawkins, a 6-foot-3 senior, shot 8 for 11 from the floor and finished with her 25th career double-double.

Kayla Grossett scored 17 for the Mountaineers (0-1), who shot 29 percent from the field and were outrebounded 54-25. The Mount fell to 0-17 against ACC schools, including 0-5 versus Maryland.

Hawkins scored 14 in the first half, and the Terrapins limited the Mountaineers to 1-for-12 shooting from 3-point range in taking a 48-23 lead.

The Mountaineers' only lead was 2-0. It was 6-all before Thomas hit a jumper, Hawkins added two layups and Laurin Mincy capped the 8-0 run with a basket from the baseline.

After the lead dwindled to 18-14, DeVaughn made three layups during a 12-2 spurt that put Maryland up by 14. Minutes later, Katie Rutan connected from beyond the arc, freshman Malina Howard made a layup and Hawkins sank two at the foul line for a 37-18 advantage.

Rutan, a junior transfer from Xavier, made both of Maryland's 3-pointers. Mincy had five of Maryland's 25 assists as the starting point guard in place of Brene Moseley, who tore her ACL on Oct. 21 and is out for the year.

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