Tianna Hawkins scored 16 points to lead five Terps in double figures and No.10 Maryland defeated
The visiting Terps (17-3, 8-1
Hawkins, the ACC's leading scorer, made seven of 12 shots for 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Alyssa Thomas, second to Hawkins in league scoring, had 10 points and 10 rebounds for her 12th doubledouble for the season. Freshman Malina Howard and Katie Rutan each added 16 points. Alicia DeVaughn notched 14.
Nikki Dixon had 17 points to lead Clemson (5-14, 1-7), which has lost seven of its past eight games.
DeVaughn scored the first bucket of the game 15 seconds in and started a 10-0 run. Maryland held Clemson without a basket for more than 10 minutes to close the first and take a 44-18 lead into the break.
Coming out of halftime, the Terrapins scored four quick points to extend the lead. Over 13:26 spanning the halves, the Terps went on a 28-6 run.
Two free throws by Thomas made it a 30-point Terps lead with 12:44 to play.
Maryland, the nation's best rebounding team, outrebounded Clemson 44-23.
"I'm excited for the kids," said Towson coach Joe Mathews. "You've got to earn it in this league. No one is going to feel sorry for you."
It was a game of runs, as the Tigers and Seahawks (2-15, 1-5) battled through five ties and six lead changes.
Senior Katie Sheahin led Loyola with 23 points, while sophomore Kara Marshall added 14. Alyssa Sutherland and Tiffany Padgett led the Greyhounds on the boards, grabbing seven and eight, respectively.