Third-ranked Virginia led by as many as 32 points behind a full-court press in the second half and defeated Maryland, 73-47, tonight in an Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball game before a record 3,000 at University Hall.
The Cavaliers, who have the longest winning streak in the nation at 19-0 this season, drew 1,700 more fans than their previous high. In addition, on the court Virginia sophomore point guard Donna Holt set a single-game school record with 10 steals.
"We were good tonight -- let's face it," said Virginia Coach Debbie Ryan.
Maryland (11-8, 4-4) committed 32 turnovers against the quicker Cavaliers. The Terrapins shot only 42 percent from the floor and were outscored decisively inside.
Virginia, which has beaten Maryland five of the last six games and won tonight by its widest margin against the Terrapins, held a 39-24 halftime lead. The Cavaliers took a 65-33 lead as Maryland couldn't get the ball past midcourt against the Cavaliers' full-court press.
Sophomore guard Daphne Hawkins of Beltsville made eight of 11 shots from the field to lead the Cavaliers with 18 points. Center Laurie Carter had 14 points, and Nancy Mayer and Trina Thomas each scored nine. Holt also had nine assists.
Deana Tate led the Terrapins with 14 points. Carolin Dehn-Duhr was the only other Maryland player in double figures, at 12.
"I was disappointed with everything," said Maryland Coach Chris Weller. "The thing that really bothered me was repeating mistakes."
After Virginia defeated 15th-ranked North Carolina Saturday, Ryan said, " . . . (The players) said we didn't play our game. Tonight we did."
Maryland led by 2-1, but after 6-foot-5 Dehn-Duhr went out with three fouls, the Cavaliers dominated inside. Dawn Bryant's basket from close range put them ahead, 25-10.
Maryland had a chance to close to nine after Chris Vera made two foul shots with 3:43 left in the first half. But reserve guard Kathy McConnell, who was playing for injured Kim Silloway, stole the ball on Maryland's next possession, and Virginia scored six straight points.
"I didn't feel like they could play from behind tonight," said Ryan. "Another night, it might be different."
Subrena Rivers made a free throw for Maryland's first point of the second half, but Carter scored inside and Holt stole the ball and made a layup. Carter's three-point play made it 46-27.
Virginia scored four straight baskets off the full-court press en route to its 32-point lead. Steals by Hawkins and Holt led to two layups, and Maryland called time at 11:16. But Hawkins made another steal and passed up to Holt for an easy basket, and Weller was furious. She called time again with Virginia leading, 61-31.
"We made the same mistake three times," said Weller. "At that point, we were just trying to learn something from this game."
After Holt made a layup, the Cavaliers led, 65-33. "They weren't playing hard to come back," said Holt. "They weren't pressing, so I didn't think they would come back."