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Thomas, No. 9 Maryland women defeat Miami, 67-52

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 13, 2014 at 9:59 pm •  Published: February 13, 2014

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami couldn't overcome Maryland's size advantage and dropped further in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.

Alyssa Thomas scored 18 points and a 48-20 rebounding advantage, 25-7 on the offensive glass, propelled the No. 9 Terrapins to a 67-52 win over the Hurricanes on Thursday night.

"They gave us a rebounding clinic, it was unbelievable," Miami coach Katie Meier said. "When they missed a shot it was like an assist. Their missed shot was a layup. We have to get some bigger bodies to combat a team with that much length."

The Hurricanes (12-12, 4-7ACC) fell behind 10-0 in the first 5:15 of the game, but rallied and tied it at 21-21 on Maria Brown's 3-point play with 6:35 remaining in the first half.

Maryland (20-4, 8-3) responded and outscored Miami 15-6 in the final 4:55 of the first half. Malina Howard's layup with 3 seconds remaining gave the Terrapins a 36-27 lead at halftime.

The Terrapins increased their halftime lead to 48-31 after Thomas' short jumper 3:38 into the second half.

Brionna Jones' layup with 12:53 remaining gave Maryland its first 20-point lead, at 51-31. Jones finished with 11 points and Tierney Pfirman was Maryland's third double-figure scorer with 10 points.

The Terrapins held the Hurricanes scoreless for a stretch of 7:42 in the second half until Sureya McGuire's short jumper with 11:36 left.

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