With a roster severely depleted because of injuries to its starting back court, the 10th-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team got a breakout scoring performance from a freshman point guard and double figures from three others to pull away from No. 24 Miami, 84-62, on Thursday night at Comcast Center.
Chloe Pavlech’s season-high 20 points, 14 of which came in the first half, included 8-for-11 shooting and 3-for-6 shooting on three-pointers. Additionally, junior all-American Alyssa Thomas contributed 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the Terrapins’ eighth victory in nine games and third over a ranked opponent.
“I think they thought I couldn’t shoot or score, so I found myself honestly wide open a few times,” Pavlech said. “I don’t know. My teammates realized I had the hot hand, and they kept giving me the ball, and the ball was going in.”
Senior forward Tianna Hawkins scored 17 of her 18 points in the second half after missing all six of her field goals before intermission. She also had a game-high 11 rebounds, and freshman center Malina Howard added 10 points and six rebounds for Maryland, which ended a four-game losing streak to the Hurricanes.