With 13:15 left in a game against Boston College, the No. 10 Maryland Terrapins found themselves clinging to just a five-point lead after after Katie Zenevitch was fouled shooting a three and made all of her free throws. It was an unexpectedly close game with the Eagles, who were just 3-6 in the ACC.
But the Tianna Hawkins and the Terps were not about to let Boston College pull off an upset. Hawkins scored eight of Maryland's next nine points, and the Terrapins quickly opened up a 14-point lead. It was a deflating blow for the Eagles, as the Terps finally delivered a punch BC could not answer and went on to win 85-62.
I thought we had a slow start, head coach Brenda Frese said. BC came in here and played really hard. I thought they were aggressive and really made us work, but the second half, we were really able to put our stamp all over the game.
Hawkins put it more bluntly: We came out flat. She added that Frese challenged the team at halftime to come out with more energy, and that's exactly what the Terps did.
Hawkins finished with 26 points and six rebounds, while Alyssa Thomas added 24 points and 12 rebounds. Together, the two accounted for 59 percent of Maryland's offense on the day.
It's fun to watching the two of them clicking on all cylinders," said Frese. "When A.T. is coming down the floor, I don't know how people decide who they're going to guard. With Tianna running the floor with her, it just gives you so many options.
Hawkins and Thomas dominating is a familiar sight for this Maryland team. While Thomas received All-American Honors last year, Hawkins has silently become the team's leading scorer this season with 19.4 points per game. Thomas is not far behind her, averaging 16.9.
Together, they form a deadly combination that few opponents have yet to solve.
Having two players of their ability makes it very difficult for opponents to know how to play both of them, said Frese.
Before the game, center Alicia DeVaughn was honored for amassing 500 rebounds in her Maryland career. She added to that total with nine rebounds against the Eagles to go along with 13 points in just 20 minutes of play. Katie Rutan and Malina Howard were the final Terps in double figures, scoring 10 apiece.
The Terrapins dominated the boards, grabbing 43 to the Eagles' 26. They continued to use a small rotation due to injuries, with Howard being the only bench player to register more than 15 minutes.
The win was Maryland's eighth straight in ACC play. They will now travel to Wake Forest, who they face at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.