No. 8 Maryland slips past Virginia
Mincy tallies 20 points as Terrapins bounce back from first loss
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Laurin Mincy scored 20, and No. 8 Maryland bounced back from its first loss of the season by defeating Virginia 68-61 Monday night in a rugged Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.
Lynetta Kizer had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Terrapins (17-1, 4-1). Maryland shot 44 percent from the floor, went 13 for 22 at the foul line and committed 17 turnovers.
But the Terrapins outdid the ACC's best defense by holding the Cavaliers to 39 percent shooting and finishing with a 43-33 edge in rebounding. Maryland was coming off a 75-63 defeat at Miami.
Lexie Gerson scored 15 for Virginia (14-5, 2-3) and Ataira Franklin had 14.
Virginia had a season-high 12 steals, which contributed heavily to Maryland's lofty turnover total. But the Cavaliers, who came in allowing an ACC-low 51.7 points per game, yielded 52 in the opening 29 minutes.
It was 38-all before Maryland's Tianna Hawkins made a layup and reserve guard Kim Rodgers buried a 3-pointer to launch an 11-5 run that made it 49-43.
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After a timeout, the Terrapins beat the press and got the ball to Brene Moseley, who hit a 3-pointer for a 52-43 lead with 11 minutes left.
The Cavaliers closed to 62-57 with 2:08 remaining, but Mincy made four free throws over a 31-second span to blunt the comeback and end Virginia's two-game winning streak in the ACC.
The Terrapins got 10 points from Mincy and outrebounded Virginia 21-15 in taking a 36-32 halftime advantage.
Despite committing six turnovers in the opening 10 minutes, Maryland held a 16-15 lead before the Cavaliers got four points from Chelsea Shine in a 9-0 run capped by Franklin's jumper from beyond the arc.
But Maryland's Alicia DeVaughn made three layups and Mincy hit a pair of 3-pointers in an 18-6 spurt to end the half.