From Sun staff reports
1:01 AM EST, December 29, 2012
Tianna Hawkins had 20 points off 9-for-9 shooting from the field, and the No. 9 Maryland women's basketball team cruised to a 76-36 victory against Brown in the opening round of the Terrapin Classic on Friday.
Hawkins has created matchup problems for most opponents this season, and she wasted little time establishing her dominance against the Bears, as she scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half.
Alyssa Thomas had 16 points and Katie Rutan added 11 points for the Terrapins (9-2), who have won five consecutive games. Maryland leads the nation with a 19.1 rebounding margin and outrebounded Brown 43-24.
"I thought it was a slow start and we had to shake off some rust," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "The second half was really good. We consistently had energy. I liked how we were able to get a lot more aggressive defensively. Really, our transition game got going from our defense. I thought we were really unselfish with the basketball."
Lauren Clarke had eight points for the Bears (3-6), who have lost four of their past five games.
Maryland got off to a sluggish start and trailed until Rutan made a 3-pointer with 13:09 left in the first half for a 16-14 lead. Maryland took over and a layup by Hawkins capped a 12-2 run, helping the Terps extend the margin to 37-24 at the break.
"I think going into the game I had great focus," Hawkins said. "I think that helps my teammates. I just hit my open shots."
The Terps shot 55 percent from the floor for the game and held the Bears to just 25.9 percent shooting. The Terrapins dominated the scoring inside 50-14.
In the second half, eight points by Thomas sparked a 19-0 run and increased the lead to 62-31 with 6:02 remaining.
Maryland will play Hartford today at 4:30 p.m. for the Terrapin Classic championship, and Brown will play UMES in the consolation at 7 p.m.
Hartford 53, UMES 38: UMES (4-7) was held to 15 points in the first half and fell to Hartford in the opening round of the Terrapin Classic.
Karona Roach had 10 points to lead UMES. Nikkia Smith had 14 points for Hartford.
No. 25 Arkansas 71, Coppin State 57: Shawntae Payne had 14 points, but Sarah Watkins scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading the host Razorbacks past the Eagles.
Arkansas (12-1) used a big run late in the second half to pull away from Coppin State.
A three-point play by Watkins gave Arkansas a 50-43 lead with 7:53 to play in the game before the Eagles rallied.
A 3-pointer by Ashle Craig and two free throws by Jaleah Holsey brought Coppin State to within 50-48 with 6:11 remaining in the contest.
The Razorbacks then made six of seven free-throw attempts during a 9-2 run that extended the Arkansas lead to 59-50 with 4:18 to play in the second half.
Coppin State (4-8) got to within seven points on two occasions, but Arkansas made six of six free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
The Razorbacks, who outscored the Eagles 23-9 from the free-throw line, also received 11 points from Dominique Robinson and 10 points from Quistelle Williams.
Leola Spotwood had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Coppin State, while Kyra Coleman added 11 points.
Coppin State led for much of the first half before Arkansas closed the half with a 13-2 run to take a 32-23 lead at halftime.
The Eagles fell behind 9-2 to start the game, but responded with an 8-0 run to take a 10-9 lead with 14:27 to play in the opening half. Shanice Maynard and Payne each contributed a 3-pointer during the run.
Arkansas regained the lead at 11-10 on a basket by Sarah Watkins, but the Eagles answered with a 3-pointer from Payne to take a 13-11 lead with 13:38 left in the first half.
A basket by Watkins brought Arkansas to within 17-16, but Coleman and Bria Harris scored for the Eagles to up the lead to 21-16 with 7:46 remaining in the first period.
The Razorbacks then closed the half on a 13-2 run to take a nine-point lead at halftime.
Coppin State will return to action Sunday when it visits Missouri State.
UMBC 48, Wagner 43: Brittany Crowell and Kristin Coles combined for 31 of 48 team points, including 22 second-half points, to help the visiting Retrievers (4-8) end a five-game losing streak at the Hawk Classic on Friday afternoon at Hagan Arena.
Crowell helped the Retrievers erase a seven-point second-half deficit, scoring eight straight points as part of a 12-0 UMBC run that gave them their first lead since 14:01 of the first half. Crowell went on to score 14 of her game-high 21 points in the second half, while Coles added in eight of her 10 points. Coles shot 4-for-7 from the floor after missing the first 11 games of the season because of injury.
Neither team scored a field goal in the final six minutes of the contest, but the Retrievers held Wagner (1-9) scoreless for the final 6:13 to hang on for their first victory in the month of December.
UMBC closes out the Hawk Classic and 2012 today, taking on either St. Joseph's or Fairfield. Game time is 2 p.m. at Hagan Arena.
Otterbein 80, Frostburg State 56: The host Cardinals (8-3) won their third straight, beating the Bobcats (4-7) at the Otterbein Tournament.
Albany 71, Navy 61: Led by Jacob Iati's 26 points, Albany picked up a win over the host Mids.
The Great Danes (10-3) went on an 11-0 run over a six-minute span of the first half and took a 36-24 lead into intermission. They scored the first six points of the second half and extended the lead to as many as 19 points with 15:04 remaining.
The Midshipmen (6-8) countered with a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 51-45, but the Great Danes restored order with baskets on their next three possessions, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Iati was 8-for-13 from the field, including 6-for-11 on 3-pointers, to lead the Great Danes. Luke Devlin came off the bench and had a perfect night, shooting 4-for-4 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line for 13 points.
Tilman Dunbar led the Midshipmen with 17 points, 10 of those coming in the first half. Brandon Venturini made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points.
The Great Danes shot 50 percent for the game (21-of-42) and made 42 percent of their 3-pointers (10-for-24), while the Midshipmen shot 39 percent (21-for-54), and just 28 percent (5-for-18) on 3-pointers.
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