Women's College Basketball

               === Maryland eases past Virginia in ACC opener ===
 College  Park,  MD (Sports  Network) -  Tianna Hawkins  and Alyssa Thomas each
 recorded  a double-double as  No. 9 Maryland opened its ACC slate with a 79-55
 victory over Virginia on Thursday.
 Hawkins  finished  with 20  points and  12 rebounds, while  Thomas also had 20
 points  with 11 boards for the Terrapins (5-2, 1-0 ACC), who have won three of
 their last four.
 Tierney Pfirman poured in 17 points in the victory.
 Ataira  Franklin  paced the  Cavaliers  (5-3,  0-1)  with  15 points  and  six
 rebounds.   Jazmin   Pitts  and  Sarah   Imovbioh  added  11  and  10  points,
 respectively, in Virginia's second straight setback.
 Maryland  took  advantage  of  a dreadful  5-for-26  (19.2  percent)  shooting
 performance by the Cavaliers over the opening 20 minutes to carry a 35-19 lead
 into the break.
 Virginia,  however,  was able to keep  the score relatively close by making 9-
 of-12 free throws in the first half.
 The Cavaliers continued to struggle offensively in the second half as Maryland
 pulled away, trailing by at least 14 points and by as much as 27 in the second
 Virginia  ended the  game  shooting  25 percent  (12-for-48)  from the  field,
 compared to a 40 percent (24-for-60) performance from Maryland.
 12/06 21:36:21 ET

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