|Maryland guard Kim Rodgers reacts after scoring a 3-pointer in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina in College Park, Md., Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)|
No. 6 Maryland women defeat North Carolina 84-64
COLLEGE PARK, Md.—Alyssa Thomas had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 6 Maryland took control early in an 84-64 rout of North Carolina on Friday night.
Alicia DeVaughn scored 14 and Laurin Mincy had 13 for the Terrapins, who never trailed after yielding the game's first point. Maryland went 8 for 10 from 3-point range and finished with a 49-32 rebounding advantage.
The victory pushed the Terrapins into a third-place tie with Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference, although Maryland (24-4, 11-4) gets the tiebreaker by virtue of its sweep of the Yellow Jackets. The top four teams receive a first-round bye in next week's ACC tournament.
Maryland has won four straight over UNC and six of seven. The Terrapins led by 24 at halftime and 73-40 with 10 minutes remaining.
Chay Shegog scored 24 and Laura Broomfield had 13 rebounds for the Tar Heels (19-9, 9-6), who shot 33 percent and committed 14 turnovers.
North Carolina has lost four of six, including a 40-point defeat at Duke earlier this month.
Mincy scored 11 points, DeVaughn had 10 off the bench and Maryland held the Tar Heels to 25 percent shooting in taking a 53-29 halftime lead. The Terrapins went 6 for 7 from beyond the arc after going 6 of 26 in their previous two games.
Not long after Maryland honored Lynetta Kizer, Anjale Barrett and Kim Rodgers on Senior Night, the Terrapins took control.
After Broomfield opened the scoring with a free throw, Maryland rattled off 11 consecutive points, including a pair of 3s by Rodgers. The Tar Heels missed their first nine attempts from the field before Shegog hit a baseline jumper at the 14:24 mark.
The Terrapins then got points from six different players in a 12-3 spurt that made it 26-8. Minutes later, DeVaughn made successive layups in a 6-0 run that put North Carolina in a 34-13 hole.
Tar Heels coach Sylvia Hatchell burned another timeout after Mincy canned a 3 for a 43-19 lead. At that point, UNC was 5 for 27 from the floor with six turnovers.