COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Tianna Hawkins set a school record with 24 rebounds, scored 18 points and fueled a second-half surge that carried No. 8 Maryland past Wake Forest 86-58 Thursday night.
The game was tied at halftime, but the Terrapins dominated the final 20 minutes in rolling to their 11th straight win over the Demon Deacons. Alyssa Thomas had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Maryland (18-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Hawkins broke the previous school record of 23 rebounds by grabbing a misfire on the Maryland end with 32 seconds left.
She eclipsed the mark set by Angie Scott against Towson State in February 1977 and tied by Debbie Jones against Howard in December of that year.
Chelsea Douglas led Wake Forest with 15 points, and Lakevia Boykin and Sandra Garcia each had 13. The Demon Deacons (11-7, 1-4) scored only 21 points after halftime.
Maryland opened the second half with seven straight points, the last five by Hawkins. After the Demon Deacons closed to 47-43, Hawkins made a three-point play.
The Demon Deacons answered with baskets by Douglas and Garcia to make it 50-47, but that preceded an eight-point run by the Terrapins. It was 62-52 before Maryland used a 19-2 blitz to erase any doubt.
The Terrapins twice led by nine points in the first half, but the Demon Deacons made up the deficit on each occasion and pulled into a tie at halftime.
After the Terrapins used a 6-0 spurt to go up 28-19, Boykin made four layups and a 3-pointer in a 16-4 run that gave Wake Forest a 35-32 lead.
Boykin scored 13 in the first half, and Hawkins had more than half of Maryland’s 29 rebounds.
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