The Terrapins (21-3, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), the ACC'shighest-scoring team, won their third in a row this season and ran all over the Tigers (6-16, 2-9) at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Alicia DeVaughn scored 15 points, Alyssa Thomas and Tianna Hawkins had 14 each, Laurin Mincy 13 and Brene Moseley 10 as Maryland tied its highest ACC point total this season. The Terrapins forced 25 turnovers off 14 steals.
Nikki Dixon had 17 points to lead the Tigers but was just 4-for-14 from the field against Maryland's high-pressure defense.
Maryland kept within sight of ACC leaders in No. 5 Duke (11-0 in the league) and Miami (10-0). The Terrapins have an opportunity to close the gap in the next two weeks, facing Miami at home Sunday and Duke at home a week later.
Maryland came in to this one off a milestone victory, a 64-56 win at Georgia Tech that gave the program 20 wins for the eighth consecutive season. And the Terrapins didn't let up at Clemson. Maryland forced turnovers on five straight Tigers possessions to run out to a 16-4 lead less than seven minutes in. Clemson could not hold on against the ACC's highest scoring team.
Thomas had 11 points in the opening half while Lynette Kizer had eight consecutive points down the stretech as Maryland took a 20-point lead in the final minutes of the opening half.
The Terrapins did just about everything right the first 20 minutes. They shot 50 percent (15-for-30) and made all but one of their 14 foul shots. They held Clemson to 2 of 13 shooting from behind the arc and forced 16 turnovers in the period.
Clemson's leading scorer, Dixon, hit just two of seven shots.
Maryland kept up the pressure throughout the second half. When Clemson cut the lead to 65-47 with 9:18 to go, the Terrapins answered with a 31-7 charge over the next six minutes. It was Maryland's fourth ACC win of 21 points or more.
Chancie Dunn scored 12 points and Kelly Gramlich had 10 for the Tigers.
Clemson coach Itoro Coleman might've wanted to yell more. But the second year coach was in her third trimester carrying her and husband Harold Coleman's fourth child. Coleman, a former Clemson basketball standout, missed the start of her debut season because she gave birth to daughter Jasmine in November 2010.
The game served as a remembrance of the late Kay Yow with both teams wearing pink in their uniforms — Clemson had pink shorts while the Terrapins had pink socks — to honor the North Carolina State coach who died of breast cancer in 2009.
Towson 56, William & Mary 50: Krystal Parnell scored five points during an 8-0 run in the final minutes as the Tigers (14-9) won their second consecutive game. The Tribe fell to 9-14.
Parnell, who scored 13 points overall, converted a three-point play with 4:29 left to give the Tigers a 49-45 lead. With 2:12 left, she made two free throws to increase the lead to 51-45.
With 46 seconds left, Tanisha McTiller added a free throw to give the Tigers a 52-45 advantage.
With 31 seconds left, Deree Fooks grabbed a rebound and was fouled. Her two free throws raised the lead to 54-45.
Kyla Kerstetter finally scored for the Tribe with 16 seconds left when she made a 3-pointer. It was William and Mary's first points since 5:22 remained in the game.
Parnell and Fooks led the Tigers with 13 points each. Fooks also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Bowie State 54, Elizabeth City State 52, OT: Jasmine Jacobs scored six of her 10 points in overtime to lead the host Bulldogs (6-14, 6-7 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) over the Vikings (12-11, 6-7).
Bowie State led by as many as 11, but Elizabeth City State battled back, ending in a layup by Stephanie Harper (20 points) for a 46-46 tie with 11 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
After trading baskets in the opening minute of overtime, Jacobs scored the next six to help Bowie State pull away from Elizabeth City State. Vikings' Wykeemia Gray made a layup at the buzzer for the final score. The Bulldogs have won three straight and trail Northern Division leader Virginia Union (9-11, 6-5).
Stony Brook 80, UMBC 68: Chase Plummer had a game-high 18 points, but the visiting Retrievers (3-21, 2-10 America East) were outscored 46-33 in the second half.
Anthony Jackson had 17 points for the Seawolves (17-7, 12-1).
Bowie State 70, Elizabeth City State 62: The host Bulldogs (18-4, 10-3 CIAA) led for most of the game and held off a rally by the Vikings (11-12, 5-8) early in the second half. Travis Hyman scored a game-high 20 points for Bowie.
Percentages: FG .516, FT .880. 3-point goals: 5-13, .385 (Mincy 3-5, Thomas 1-2, Moseley 1-2, Rodgers 0-1, Kizer 0-1, Barrett 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (DeVaughn 6, Thomas). Turnovers: 18 (Moseley 5, Thomas 3, Kizer 3, Hawkins 2, Mincy, Bays, Rodgers, Barrett, Austin). Steals: 14 (DeVaughn 4, Thomas 4, Kizer 3, Mincy 2, Hawkins). Technical fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .333, FT .741. 3-point goals: 5-21, .238 (Dunn 2-4, Hawkins 1-1, Gramlich 1-5, Dixon 1-6, Ford 0-1, Pettaway 0-1, Lindsay 0-1, Pauldo 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Mason 2, Ford, Pettaway, Pauldo, Dunn). Turnovers: 25 (Lindsay 7, Pauldo 6, Dixon 3, Dunn 3, Pettaway 2, Gramlich 2, Mason, Hawkins). Steals: 7 (Dunn 2, Dixon 2, Pettaway 2, Lindsay). Technical fouls: None.
A—964. Officials—Eric Brewton, Bonita Spence, Jennifer Rezac.