No. 10 Maryland women beat No. 24 Miami 84-62

  • Article by: DAVID GINSBURG
  • Associated Press
  • January 10, 2013 - 8:10 PM

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Freshman Chloe Pavlech scored a season-high 20, Tiana Hawkins had 18 points and 11 rebounds and No. 10 Maryland pulled away to an 84-62 victory over No. 24 Miami on Thursday night, ending the Hurricanes' five-game winning streak.

Alyssa Thomas added 18 points for the Terrapins (12-3, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Maryland led by six at halftime before Thomas fueled a 12-4 run by scoring the Terrapins' first nine points after the break.

Pavlech, a 5-foot-9 guard, previously reached double figures only once — a 10-point effort against Connecticut. In this one, she had 14 at halftime and finished 8 of 11 from the floor.

It was Maryland's third straight game against a ranked opponent. The Terrapins lost at North Carolina before defeating Florida State and Miami at home.

Morgan Stroman led Miami (12-3, 3-1) with 14 points, and Stefanie Yderstrom and Suriya McGuire each had 13. The Hurricanes had won four straight against Maryland.

Held to one point on 0-for-6 shooting in the first half, Hawkins returned from the break to make a layup and a three-point play to put Maryland ahead 42-31. She then scored on a follow and hit a jumper off the glass before Thomas scooped in a right-handed shot while being fouled, and her free throw made it 49-35.

It was 54-42 before Maryland's Malina Howard scored on a drive and Hawkins made a layup to launch an 8-0 run that increased the margin to 20.

Pavlech's scoring and the team's 13 offensive rebounds enabled Maryland to overcome an early deficit and go up 37-31 at halftime.

Miami bolted to an 8-1 lead as the Terrapins started 2 for 11 from the field. Maryland eventually went up 23-18 before Yderstrom buried a 3-pointer, Stroman made two free throws and Keyona Hayes sank a baseline jumper to put the Hurricanes back in front.

Pavlech answered with a layup, a 3-pointer and a free throw for a 29-25 advantage, a lead the Terrapins would not lose.

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