CHARLOTTESVILLE, JAN. 12 -- Senior guards Donna Holt and Daphne Hawkins were at their larcenous best, their University of Virginia women's basketball teammates were taking a few pointers and the Cavaliers were able to shoot for a change. Put it all together and seventh-ranked Virginia was devastating in an 84-66 rout of No. 14 Maryland tonight at University Hall.
"I would have never believed it would be like this," said Holt, an all-America point guard. "I figured it would be a two- or three-point game and we could pull it out at the end."
But Virginia (12-1 overall, 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) jumped ahead midway through the first half, allowed the Terrapins (10-3, 3-1) to sneak back just before intermission and steadily pulled away in the second half. The Cavaliers, who entered the game shooting just 41 percent from the field as a team, made 38 of 66 field goal attempts and forced 24 turnovers of which 16 were steals.
"When was the last time we shot like that, about three years ago? To do that against a ranked team is just incredible," Virginia Coach Debbie Ryan said.
However, Virginia won the game with its trademark swarming, gambling defense, which produced many easy baskets. Holt and Hawkins, also known as the Blitz Sisters, led the way. Holt had 25 points, five steals and six assists. Hawkins had 19 points, two steals and two assists.
"Virginia was just very sharp tonight," Maryland Coach Chris Weller said.
The Cavaliers overcame Maryland's early seven-point lead with a pair of quick bursts, the second a 10-0 run that gave the Cavaliers a 28-16 lead just over nine minutes into the game. The Cavaliers led by as many as 11 in the first half, but Maryland pulled within 40-35 at the intermission despite not scoring from the field for nearly the final six minutes.
After Maryland cut the lead to 40-37 on Christy Winters' layup, the Cavaliers steadily pulled away through the second half. A 16-4 burst made it 57-43 with 12:57 remaining, and Maryland could get no closer than 11 thereafter.