COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Eager to rebound back from its first
loss of the season, Maryland (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) would have preferred facing an
opponent that enjoyed running up and down the court at a rapid
Instead, the Terrapins were tested by a plodding Virginia team
that worked the clock and pressed relentlessly on defense.
With much patience, Maryland pulled away to a 68-61 victory over
Virginia on Monday night in a rugged Atlantic Coast Conference
"I thought Virginia was really, really good," Terrapins coach
Brenda Frese said. "They came in and had a really good game plan.
They really made us play their tempo and their style of play --
very, very aggressive. I thought it took us a while in terms of
getting the feel and the rhythm of the game, but in the second half
we were able to wear them down."
Laurin Mincy scored 20 and Lynetta Kizer had 10 points and 10
rebounds for the Terrapins (17-1, 4-1), who were coming off a 75-63
defeat at Miami on Thursday night.
"We just wanted to come out and prove we could bounce back
after a loss," Mincy said.
Said Frese: "Anytime you have that happen the first time, you
want to get back out and play. Especially a game like UVa, a
Maryland shot 44 percent from the floor, went 13 for 22 at the
foul line and committed 17 turnovers.
"At the end of the day, a win is a win," Mincy said.
But the Terrapins outdid the ACC's best defense by holding the
Cavaliers to 39 percent shooting and finishing with a 43-33 edge in
rebounding. Maryland was coming off a 75-63 defeat at Miami.
Lexie Gerson scored 15 for Virginia (14-5, 2-3) and Ataira
Franklin had 14. The Cavaliers missed 20 of 32 shots from the floor
"There were times we had a good pace to our offense and times
that we didn't," coach Joanne Boyle said. "That's just a work in
progress for us."
Virginia had a season-high 12 steals, which contributed heavily
to Maryland's lofty turnover total. But the Cavaliers, who came in
allowing an ACC-low 51.7 points per game, yielded 52 in the opening
"All the credit goes to Maryland," Boyle said. "They're a
great team and know how to fight off opponents."
It was 38-all before Maryland's Tianna Hawkins made a layup and
reserve guard Kim Rodgers buried a 3-pointer to launch an 11-5 run
that made it 49-43.
After a timeout, the Terrapins beat the press and got the ball
to Brene Moseley, who hit a 3-pointer for a 52-43 lead with 11
The Cavaliers closed to 62-57 with 2:08 remaining, but Mincy
made four free throws over a 31-second span to blunt the comeback
and end Virginia's two-game winning streak in the ACC.
The Terrapins got 10 points from Mincy and outrebounded Virginia
21-15 in taking a 36-32 halftime advantage.
Despite committing six turnovers in the opening 10 minutes,
Maryland held a 16-15 lead before the Cavaliers got four points
from Chelsea Shine in a 9-0 run capped by Franklin's jumper from
beyond the arc.
But Maryland's Alicia DeVaughn made three layups and Mincy hit a
pair of 3-pointers in an 18-6 spurt to end the half.