Alyssa Thomas leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding and is second in scoring. Tianna Hawkins is first in scoring and trails only her Maryland teammate in boards.
Itoro Coleman knew that if her Clemson team wanted to have a chance to upset No. 7 Maryland it needed to shut down Tianna Hawkins and Alyssa Thomas.
Maryland got an added bonus with its sixth straight victory: revenge.
With Maryland struggling, Alyssa Thomas stepped up her game.
Miami avoided a letdown after its road win at North Carolina.
Maryland finished its tear through the non-conference portion of the schedule and coach Mark Turgeon is confident his team is finally ready for the challenge of ACC play.
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.
Bothered by the zone defense and slow motion offense put forth by South Carolina State on Saturday, Maryland struggled on offense but performed well enough to take a hard-earned 61-46 win over the Bulldogs.
Alyssa Thomas had a triple double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists to lead No. 9 Maryland to a 90-40 victory over George Mason on Saturday night.
Mark Turgeon has worked magic in his second season at Maryland, leading his young team to 7-1 start that would suggest the Terrapins could be a force in the Atlantic Coast Conference.