Published January 13, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Alyssa Thomas had 26 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks and No. 10 Maryland took charge from the opening tip to beat Virginia Tech 74-45 on Sunday.
Thomas, the reigning ACC player of the year, added six assists for the Terrapins (13-3, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won for the ninth time in 10 games. Maryland went ahead by double figures on three free throws by Katie Rutan 8:23 before halftime and the Hokies never got within single digits again.
Uju Ugoka scored 12 points and Monet Tellier had 11 for Virginia Tech (7-9, 1-4), which lost its fourth straight.
Thomas and the Terps were focused from the start, with Thomas scoring the game's first six points. Maryland also blocked several shots in the early going, and that surely contributed greatly to Virginia Tech's shooting woes. The Hokies missed 12 of their first 14 shots and shot 27.9 percent (19-68) overall.