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#13 Terps Pick Up First ACC Win, Down Clemson 80-59

The Lady Terps finally picked up their first ACC win of the season, blasting Clemson 80-59 in Littlejohn Coliseum Sunday night, ending Maryland’s two-game losing streak.

The No.13 ranked Terps (14-3, 1-2 ACC) were fueled by another spectacular performance from potential ACC Rookie of the Year Alyssa Thomas, who posted 21 points, nine rebounds and seven steals, a career high for the freshman. Tianna Hawkins also had a big night with a double double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. The Tigers were led Kirstyn Wright who scored 16.

Maryland held 38-34 advantage at the half, even after trailing by as much as six points. But a spark from an Anjale Barrett three helped them take the lead and helped the Terps finish 37.5% from behind the arc after a horrendous shooting night against Boston College (5%)

A strong defensive outing in the second half limited Clemson (8-11, 1-3 ACC) to 32% shooting from the floor and helped the Terrapins pull away for the rout. The Terps also forced the Tigers into 25 turnovers and outrebounded them 43-37.

With their first ACC win under their belt Maryland stays on the road to face Virginia Friday, Jan. 21. The game will be televised via regional sports networks.

Player of the Game: It is getting harder and harder for Alyssa Thomas not to be named the favorite for the Rookie of the Year award. She has played outstanding these past few games and against Clemson was no different for the forward. Her 21 points led all scorers and was a rebound short of a third straight double double.

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