If there was any question about how Maryland was going to bounce back after their loss to UConn Monday night, the Terrapins answered it quickly coming out of the gate grabbing five offensive rebounds before Virginia touched the ball. Although their effort only netted them a single basket, it set the tone for a game that the Terps would dominate from start to finish in a game that UVA never led and tied only at 2-2. The visiting Cavaliers scored 8 of their first 10 points on free throws. In fact, Virginia reached the under 4 minute time out having made only 3 field goals and scoring only 14 points. The Terps had doubled up the Cavs by that point and their 28-14 lead could have been larger had their ball handling been a bit sharper. Maryland would stretch that lead to 19 at 33-14 before going into the half up by sixteen.
The Terps came roaring out of the locker room scoring the first 9 points of the half to take a 45-19 lead and force a Cavalier time out just a minute and a half in. The officiating then ground the game to a halt. Before the game ended the two teams would be whistled for 52 fouls (32 in the second half), make a combined 74 trips to the free throw line (45 in the 2nd half) and have four players (3 MD 1 UVA) foul out. Yes, after Alyssa Thomas fouled out with 1:47 remaining, the lineup Coach Frese had on the floor for that final minute plus consisted of the only five active players remaining on the roster. Fortunately, the outcome had long since been settled but it is a somewhat disconcerting thought as we look down Tobacco Road. Speaking of Alyssa Thomas, she rebounded from her disappointing outing in Hartford to notch a double-double with 20 points and 11 boards. She was joined by double-double machine Tianna Hawkins who threw in 20 points and 12 rebounds of her own before fouling out. Freshman Tierney Pfirman getting her second career start notched a career high 17 points and junior center Alicia DeVaughn added 8 points and 10 rebounds. The Terps dominated on the boards out rebounding the Cavs by a 50-29 margin including 22 on the offensive glass. Maryland’s defense suffocated Virginia holding them to 25% shooting for the game. In fact, UVA scored more from the free throw line (29) than from the field (26). In the end, despite the turnovers, despite the foul trouble, and despite the officiating, the Terps walked off the court with a 79-55 win and a 1-0 record in ACC play. The Terps return to the court Saturday evening at 6 pm to face George Mason. Those of you attending the men’s game at 2 might consider hanging around to support the women’s team.