The visiting Terps (17-3, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their seventh straight since their lone league loss, to North Carolina on Jan. 3. Maryland dominated the rematch with the Tar Heels on Thursday, 85-59, and kept the offensive show going at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Terps dominated the scoring inside Sunday, 40-14.
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.
Towson 55, UNC Wilmington 53: Senior forward Michelle Peebles grabbed a key defensive rebound with two seconds remaining to help the host Tigers (7-11, 1-6 Colonial Athletic Association) end a six-game losing streak. Peebles posted her first career double double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
"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.
"We had two really good days of practice, and Iona is a really good team," Loyola coach Joe Logan said. "They have players like Martinez and Adams that can score the baskets, but we were lucky to get some stops and grab critical rebounds."