COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — If Maryland keeps playing this well, it might take Alyssa Thomas a little longer than expected to become the school's career scoring leader.
Thomas scored 22 points before making another early exit, and the 10th-ranked Terrapins breezed past Clemson 95-43 Sunday to extend their winning streak over the Tigers to 14 games.
Maryland (19-4, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won three straight blowouts following a three-game skid. The Terps defeated Syracuse by 25 points and beat Pittsburgh by 48 before dismissing Clemson without difficulty.
Thomas left with 12 minutes left against Pittsburgh and played only 29 minutes against the Tigers before heading to the bench with eight minutes remaining and the Terrapins up 71-37. The 6-foot-2 senior ranks third on the Maryland career list in points and needs only 129 to break Crystal Langhorne's school record of 2,247.
Thomas won't complain about her diminished playing time as long as the Terrapins keep coming out on the positive end of a lopsided score.
"Earlier in the season, if we didn't come to play we would lose," Thomas said. "You can't take anybody lightly. So it doesn't make me play any differently."
Thomas went 10 for 16 from the floor, opting to take jumpers over driving the lane against the smaller Tigers (11-14, 3-8).
"She wasn't quite in her beast mode," Clemson coach Audra Smith said. "She was in mini-beast mode, which I appreciate. She's just a phenomenal player. She just plays hard all the time."
Brionna Jones scored 14 for the Terrapins, who opened with a 16-2 run, extended the margin to 21 points late in the first half and toyed with the Tigers the rest of the way. Maryland hasn't lost to Clemson since March 7, 2003.
This was the only scheduled meeting between the teams this season. Maryland is slated to join the Big Ten next season, so unless the Tigers and Terrapins face off in the ACC tournament, it might be a while before Clemson gets the opportunity to end its lengthy losing streak against Maryland.
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