COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Boston College only appeared to have a chance before Tianna Hawkins and Alyssa Thomas really got going.
Hawkins scored 26 points and Thomas added 24 points as No. 10 Maryland turned a close game into an easy 85-62 win."I thought we did a good job against them in the first half, but their size and strength just wore us down in the second half," said BC head coach Erik Johnson.Thomas added 12 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season and the 32nd of her career to help Maryland (18-3, 9-1) stay unbeaten in 12 home games this season. The Terrapins have won eight straight.Kristen Doherty led Boston College (9-12, 3-7) with 18 points before fouling out with 5:43 to play. Kerri Shields added 14 for the Eagles.The Eagles led by eight points early in the game as their three-point shooting caught the Terrapins off guard, but a timeout settled the hosts and helped them to get settled. An ensuing 11-0 run by the Terps gave them back the lead for good.Boston College trailed by just 40-34 two minutes into the second half, but the Terps' size, speed and talent eventually was too much for the Eagles.The Eagles shot 39.1 percent for the game and were outrebounded by a 43-26 margin. But they made 9 0f 23 3-pointers, including 5 of 11 in the first half, to find some success offensively.On defense, however, the Eagles found they could not stop both Hawkins and Thomas. Thomas led Maryland with 12 points in the opening half, and Hawkins exploded for 19 points in the second half."In the first half, we did a really good job of congesting their offense and not letting her (Hawkins) get open for a shot," said Johnson. "Unfortunately, they are so relentless that any time the gameplan wasn't exactly perfect, Maryland took advantage of it."Thomas became the 16th player in Maryland's history to score 1,400 points. The junior now has 1,405 points in her career. Hawkins has scored in double figures in 19 straight games and 20 of 21 games this season."It is fun to watching the two of them clicking on all cylinders," said Maryland head coach Brenda Frese. "When A.T. (Thomas) is coming down the floor I don't know how people decide who they are going to guard. With Tianna running the floor with her, it just gives you so many options."Hawkins made 11 of 14 shots and Thomas was 10 for 21 and added four assists."Having two players of their ability makes it very difficult for opponents to know how to play both of them," Frese added.Maryland shot 50 percent from the floor despite making just 3 of 14 3-pointers.Boston College had an 11-0 run in the first half that put the Terps behind 15-7 as Shields tied the game, then the Eagles scored off three straight long-range jumpers by Nicole Boudreau, by Doherty , then again by Doherty.The Terps came back with four straight baskets by Thomas, Malina Howard, Thomas again and the tying basket by Hawkins. Katie Rutan made a 3-pointer put the Terps ahead for good, 18-15."Coming into this game we knew it was going to be tough, that Maryland was that good. We got together and said we know we're smaller and Maryland is stronger, but that we have to play together," said Doherty. "For the most part, we did."