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Cavs Pull Off Upset of No. 6 Maryland


Kelsey Wolfe scored 24 points and Ataira Franklin and Faith Randolph each scored 19 and Virginia ended No. 6 Maryland's 14-game winning streak with an 86-72 victory Thursday night.

The Cavaliers improved to 10-9 overal and 3-3 in the ACC. Virginia ended a five-game losing streak against the Terrapins, and won their second straight against a ranked foe. They beat No. 24 Florida State on Sunday.

Alyssa Thomas scored 27 points and 10 rebounds and Alicia DeVaughn scored 14 for Maryland. The Terps fell behind 45-38 when Virginia opened the second half on an 11-0 run and never got closer than four in the final 14 minutes.

Both teams shot 50 percent from the field, but Virginia had eight 3s, the Terps just four.

Lexi Gerson and Sarah Imovbioh each added 12 points for the Cavaliers.

After the game, Virginia coach Joanne Boyle got on the public address microphone and thanked the crowd. It was Virginia's first victory against a top-10 team since they beat No. 3 Tennessee in 2011.

Thomas, whose fourth basket of the first half put her over the 2,000 mark for her career, was plagued by foul trouble in the second half, but played extensively with four fouls trying to rescue her team.

Virginia trailed 38-34 at halftime, but scored the first 11 points of the second head to open a 45-38 lead. Five quick points by Alicia DeVaughn pulled the Terps to within 47-45, but Wolfe made a 3-pointer and Gerson followed a Maryland turnover with a foul-line jumper, pushing the lead back to 52-45.

The Terps had closed to 55-50 when Imovbioh scored off an inbounds pass triggered with just 3 seconds on the shot clock, and after another Terps turnover, Randolph's jumper gave the Cavaliers their biggest lead to that point at 59-50. Thomas scored five in an 8-2 burst that got Maryland within 61-58, but Franklin drove for a basket and then pulled down a rebound and scored on a stickback to rebuild the lead.

Maryland got no closer than six the rest of the way.

The first half was close throughout with Maryland leading by no more than five and Virginia's largest lead at four. The Terps thought they were taking a seven-point edge into halftime, but Katie Rutan's 3-pointer from the left corner proved to have left her hand just after the clock struck 0:00, leaving it at 38-34.


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