Once again, the players that No. 10 Maryland does have available stepped up and showed why their talent may be enough for the Terps to overcome all the injuries they have faced this year.
Five Maryland players scored in double figures Sunday evening, as the Terps easily routed Clemson on the road, 80-40.
Tianna Hawkins led the way with 17 points, while Katie Rutan added 14 in the first half and finished with a total of 16 on 4 for 6 shooting from beyond the arc. Four is the most threes Rutan has made in a single game all season, and the 16 points ties her season high set against Towson. Katie also continued her recent trend of playing big minutes, leading the Terps with 34.
While Rutan put on a show in the first half, it was Malina Howard’s turn in the second. The freshman center dropped 12 after the break for 16 total points of her own. Meanwhile Alicia DeVaughn was good for 14 points and Alyssa Thomas, despite a relatively quiet scoring night for her, had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.
For the Tigers, their leading scorer on the season, sophomore guard/forward Nikki Dixon, did the bulk of their scoring with 17. Her fellow sophomore, guard Kelly Gramlich was the next highest scorer on Clemson with 6.
Maryland demonstrated in this game all the different ways that they can beat you and came through with their biggest blowout in a conference game thus far in 2012-13.
Clemson, now 5-14 overall and 1-7 in the ACC, will next travel to Virginia Tech on Thursday, Jan. 31, while Maryland (17-3, 8-1 ACC) will wait a whole week before hosting Boston College on Sunday, Feb. 3 in a game that has been moved up from 2 p.m. to 1 p.m. because of the Super Bowl.