Virginia never figured out a way to stop Maryland's Tianna Hawkins.
The junior forward finished with a career-high 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds -- she had a double-double by halftime -- to lead the eighth-ranked Terrapins to a 73-56 win at John Paul Jones Arena on Thursday.
"I just thought we laid down there in the first half," Virginia coach Joanne Boyle said afterward. "Maryland was clicking tonight, there's no doubt it, they're a great team, but I don't think we showed our best game by any means."
Hawkins made 12 of her 13 field goal attempts on the night. Forward Alyssa Thomas also had a double-double for the Terps, finishing with 16 points and 10 boards.
The 17-point loss is the worst of the season in conference play for the Cavaliers, who dropped to 18-9 with the loss (6-7 in the ACC). Senior Ariana Moorer led UVa with 23 points.
Maryland opened the game on a 22-8 run, and led the Cavaliers by 23 at halftime. An 8-0 run midway through the second half got Virginia as close as 11, before the Terps responded with a 10-0 run to pull away again.
"We just didn't dig deep enough within ourselves to get stops and keep chipping away at the lead," said Moorer, who added a team-high five steals and five rebounds.