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Alyssa Thomas and #7 Maryland Crush UVA Women 73-44

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The Virginia women's basketball team lost 73-44 against #7 Maryland Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena.

The Cavaliers trailed 25-23 after an 8-0 UVA run midway through the first half, but the Terps scored 12 of the next 14 points to take a 37-25 halftime lead.

Maryland would continue the run in the 2nd half, outscoring the 'Hoos 35-9 over the span, and led 60-32 with under 8 minutes to play in the game.

Alyssa Thomas dominated for Maryland, with 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 assist, and the junior forward says she wasn't going to ease up in the 2nd half.

"Virginia is a 3-point shooting team, so they can come in and get right back in the game," says Thomas.  "We just had to lock in and come out strong again. The first couple of shots give you that confidence, and after that you just keep going."

"She's a great player," said UVA's Ataira Franklin.  "Great size, great strength. Don't know that I've ever seen her injured at all. She's just a big body, high-motor, and she got going early. She's the heart of that team. They go as she goes, and we weren't able to shut her down early."

Franklin was the only UVA player in double figures, as the junior guard had 21 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the floor.

Virginia connected on just 26% of its shots as a team, including 4-of-14 from behind the arc.

The Terps (21-4, 12-2 ACC) had four different players score more than 10 points.

Cavaliers junior guard Kelsey Wolfe suffered a leg injury early in the first half, and will have an MRI Monday to determine the extent of the damage.

Virginia (15-10, 7-7 ACC) has lost four of its last five games.

UVA returns to action Thursday at Clemson at 7pm.

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