Alyssa Thomas recorded her first career 30-point game to surpass 1,500 points and Tianna Hawkins became just the third player in Maryland women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 rebounds, all while the Terps out-shot the Boston College Eagles from downtown en route to a 86-61 victory Thursday night at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill.
Alyssa Thomas followed up her 27 points on 12 for 18 shooting from the field at Virginia by shooting 9 for 14 from the field, 1 for 1 from beyond the arc and 11 for 11 from the free throw line. Not a bad showing in back-to-back games for the reigning ACC Player of the Year, who now has 1,516 career points.
Meanwhile, Hawkins dealt with foul trouble like she did in a four-point scoring effort in Charlottesville, but still came through with 15 points.
At halftime, Hawkins had played just eight minutes and had picked up two fouls but had a solid eight points. However, the thing that really stuck out about her first half was her rebound total of zero. Coming in, Hawkins only needed four boards to reach the career mark of 1,000 she had been chasing and zero in a half for the player who holds the program record of 24 in a game was atypical to say the least.
However, the inevitable moment that Tianna was waiting for wasn’t going to be put on hold much longer.
Hawkins grabbed her fourth rebound of the game and the 1,000th of her career at 8:14 remaining in the second. She now joins Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman, who are the only other Terp women to reach 1,000 rebounds.
The Terps won this game in part by attacking an area that had been a point of concern in their first meeting with BC: 3-point shooting.
Maryland held the sharpshooting Eagles to 4 for 14 from beyond the arc, while the Terps themselves went 7 for 13 from downtown to get the better of BC at their own game. Maryland got a three apiece from Thomas and Hawkins, both of who usually stick to mid-range twos. Those two were both 1 for 1 from long range, as were Tierney Pfirman and Sequoia Austin, making the Terps super efficient from beyond the arc.
Malina Howard also chipped in with a 1 for 2 effort from downtown and not surprisingly Katie Rutan had the most 3-point makes for the team, going 2 for 5.
Meanwhile, no BC player had multiple threes, despite Kerri Shields and Nicole Boudreau both averaging over two a game coming in. Shields was particularly cold, shooting 1 for 6 from beyond the arc.
Kristen Doherty led the Eagles with 18 points, which is the same scoring total she had in her team’s first meeting with Maryland this season. Meanwhile, Boudreau chipped in with 11 and Katie Zenevitch scored all 10 of her points in the second half.
BC trailed by just four with 5:43 remaining in the first, but Maryland ended the half on an 18-4 run, giving themselves a comfortable cushion for the rest of the game.