Posted January 13, 2013 on AP on Fox
Alyssa Thomas was nursing an injured hand last season and had to watch as then-No. 8 Maryland lost 75-69 on its homecourt to Virginia Tech, the same undermanned Hokies team that won only six other games all season. She left no doubt what her presence might have meant in her first crack at the Hokies on Sunday. The reigning ACC player of the year had 26 points, a career-best 18 rebounds, six assists and three blocks, leading the No. 10 Terrapins to a fast start and a dominating performance throughout in a 74-45 victory against the Hokies. ''Today was all about pride for us and just last year, we went out and didn't play the way we want to play against them,'' Thomas said. ''Today was to kind of let them know we are Maryland.'' The Terrapins (13-3, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won for the ninth time in 10 games. Maryland went ahead by double figures on three free throws by Katie Rutan 8:23 before halftime and the Hokies never got within single digits again. Thomas had 15 points...
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