Thomas leads No. 10 Maryland women over Towson

RICH DUBROFF (Associated Press)
The Associated Press
Thomas leads No. 10 Maryland women over Towson
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Maryland center Malina Howard, left, blocks a shot attempt by Towson guard Tanisha McTiller during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Towson, Md., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

TOWSON, Md. (AP) -- Alyssa Thomas had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Katie Rutan added a season-high 16 points to lead No. 10 Maryland to an 88-43 win over Towson on Tuesday night.

Tianna Hawkins added 14 points and Alicia DeVaughn 12 for the Terrapins (7-2), who have won three straight by an average of nearly 40 points after their loss to No. 2 Connecticut on Dec. 3. The Terps led by as many as 49 in the second half.

Maryland was ahead 43-21 at halftime and held the Tigers (4-4) scoreless for six minutes during a 21-0 run that gave the Terps a 68-25 lead midway through the second half.

Ciara Webb scored 12 points to lead Towson, which lost its third straight. The Tigers shot just 29.1 percent and were outrebounded 47-29.

Maryland had a 9-0 run to take a 13-4 lead four minutes into the game and extended it with an 18-2 spurt, holding the Tigers without a field goal for eight minutes. By then, the Terps led 33-13 with 6:52 to play in the first half.

Thomas had eight points in the run, while Rutan had seven.

With 3:35 left in the first half, Thomas injured two fingers on her left hand in a scramble for the ball. Her second and third fingers were taped, and after sitting out the rest of the first half, she returned.