No. 10 Maryland beats No. 11 North Carolina 85-59

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2013 at 10:43 pm •  Published: January 24, 2013
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland got an added bonus with its sixth straight victory: revenge.

Tianna Hawkins scored 25, Alyssa Thomas had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the 10th-ranked Terrapins beat No. 11 North Carolina 85-59 Thursday night to end the Tar Heels' 11-game winning streak.

Thomas fell two assists short of her second career triple-double and Chloe Pavlech scored 18 for Maryland (16-3, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Terrapins are unbeaten since falling to North Carolina on Jan. 3.

Maryland shot 23.5 percent in the second half of that loss in Chapel Hill, and this game provided a measure of redemption.

"We played our game today," Thomas said. "We didn't let them frustrate us. We were the more physical team out there today, and they had no answer for us."

The Terrapins took the lead for good at 19-18, expanded the margin to 12 at halftime and led by 29 in the second half.

"Wow, that was fun," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "It speaks volumes of the pride we have in the locker room. For our team to come out and execute in the dominating fashion that they did tonight was pretty special."

In the first game, Maryland let a six-point halftime lead vanish. In this one, the Terrapins were relentless in the second half.

"We locked in," Frese said. "It was as close to a perfect 40-minute game that we played all season."

Krista Gross and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt each scored 15 for the Tar Heels (18-2, 6-1), who fell into third place in the ACC behind Duke and the Maryland. North Carolina went 1 for 19 from 3-point range.

Maryland, in contrast, shot 58 percent from the floor, and Pavlech had more 3-pointers (two) than UNC.

"They're a very good team," Tar Heels coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "Nobody's shot the ball that well against all year. We'll learn from it."