COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Tianna Hawkins scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half, and No. 9 Maryland cruised to a 76-36 victory over Brown in the opening round of the Terrapin Classic on Friday.
Alyssa Thomas had 16 points and Katie Rutan added 11 points for the Terrapins (9-2), who have won five consecutive games. Maryland leads the nation with a 19.1 rebounding margin and outrebounded Brown 43-24.
Lauren Clarke had eight points for the Bears (3-6), who have lost four of their past five games.
Maryland got off to a sluggish start and trailed until Rutan made a 3-pointer with 13:09 left in the first half for a 16-14 lead. Maryland took over and a layup by Hawkins capped a 12-2 run, helping the Terps extend the margin to 37-24 at the break.
The Terps shot 54.8 percent (17-31) in the first half and outscored Brown 24-12 in the paint. The Bears managed 10 points off 14 turnovers.
In the second half, eight points by Thomas sparked a 19-0 run and increased the lead to 62-31 with 6:02 remaining.
Maryland plays the winner of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Hartford on Saturday. After the tournament, the Terrapins return to ACC play Thursday at No. 16 North Carolina.