No. 5 Maryland women roll past Loyola, Md 88-45

  • Associated Press
  • November 11, 2012 - 8:11 PM

BALTIMORE - Tianna Hawkins scored 26 of her 33 points in the first half and No. 5 Maryland cruised to an 88-45 victory over crosstown rival Loyola on Sunday night.

Hawkins also had 13 rebounds and finished with a double-double for the second consecutive game. Alicia DeVaughn scored 16 points and Tierney Pfirman added 13 for the Terrapins (2-0), who have four starters back from last year's team that won the ACC title and advanced to the Elite Eight for the fourth time under coach Brenda Frese.

Katie Sheahin, last season's Player of the Year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, led Loyola (0-1) with 19 points and made all eight of her free throws attempts.

The Terrapins dominated the paint and outrebounded the Greyhounds, 55-18. Maryland also made nearly 52 percent (30-for-58) of its shots.

After a layup by Diana Logan cut Maryland's lead to 21-18 with seven minutes remaining in the first half, Hawkins scored eight points in a decisive 14-0 run over the next four minutes. A pair of free throws by Pfirman later increased Maryland's lead to 41-18 at the break.

The Terrapins continued to pull away in the second half and consecutive three-pointers by Katie Rutan, an Xavier transfer who sat out last season, provided a 57-33 lead with 14:16 left in the game. Loyola could not get any closer than 20 points the rest of the way.

Maryland now lead the series 19-3 and have not lost to the Greyhounds since 1998.

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