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.