COLLEGE PARK ——NO. 8 MARYLAND
@NO. 5 DUKE
For a second straight game, the eighth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team had to fend off a determined opponent, this time getting a record performance from junior forward Tianna Hawkins in an 86-58 victory over Wake Forest on Thursday night before an announced 4,091 at Comcast Center.
Hawkins collected 24 rebounds to establish a school record and added a game-high 18 points, and Alyssa Thomas scored 12 of her 16points in the second half. The sophomore forward also had 11rebounds and seven assists to fall just short of her first tripledouble. Three other Maryland players scored 11 points, including freshman point guard Brene Moseley, whose two 3-pointers were a team high.
Hawkins's record-setting rebound came on the offensive end with 32 seconds to play, capping a night in which the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading rebounder, who played high school basketball for Riverdale Baptist, also shot 8-for-15, made both her free throws and added a steal. In all, Maryland had 24 offensive rebounds, its second-most in a game this season en route to its 11th straight win against Wake.
Hawkins broke a record that had stood since 1977, when Angie Scott and Debbie Jones each had 23.
"Obviously you look pretty good when you've got rebounding machines like the two that we have here," said Maryland coach Brenda Frese, who sat between Hawkins and Thomas at the postgame news conference. "Just a special night to be able to see Tianna break the record. I've never seen anybody get 24 rebounds in a game."
Three nights after outlasting Virginia, 68-61, Maryland (18-1, 5-1 ACC) limited Wake Forest to 21 points in the second half and held the Demon Deacons to 35 percent shooting overall. The Terrapins outrebounded Wake Forest 56-38, owned a 40-20 margin in points in the paint and scored 18 more second-chance points.
The Terrapins' front-line rotation of Hawkins, Thomas, sophomore center Alicia DeVaughn and senior center Lynetta Kizer combined for 46 rebounds, eight more than Wake Forest's team total. Nine rebounds were offensive.
"That's the best offensive rebounding team I've ever seen," Wake Forest coach Mike Peterson said.
The Terrapins couldn't begin to breathe easily until an 8-0 run in the second half gave them a 58-47 lead with 13:16 to play. Maryland followed that with a 19-2 flurry that secured its second win in a row since its only loss and kept the Terrapins in a tie for second in the conference.
Maryland shot 55 percent in the second half, when it went to the free-throw line 21 times and harassed Wake Forest into 1-for-10 from 3-point range. The Demon Deacons had managed to remain competitive in the first half thanks to their 3-point shooting, hitting 5 of 12.