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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Alyssa Thomas had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 8 Maryland never trailed in an 87-51 rout of poor-shooting George Washington on Tuesday night.
Coming off a disappointing 17-point loss to top-ranked Connecticut, the Terrapins (3-1) dominated the first meeting between these crosstown schools since 2006.
Thomas had a double-double by halftime and fueled a 17-5 run that put Maryland up 42-22 at the break. Early in the second half, a follow-shot by Thomas capped an 8-0 spurt that made it 52-25 with 15:57 remaining.
Freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 15 for the Terrapins, who finished with a 53-32 rebounding advantage and outscored the Colonials 19-7 at the foul line.
Megan Nipe led George Washington (2-1) with 13 points on 6-for-19 shooting. The Colonials were hoping to build on last week's win over then-No. 10 California, but their chances of another upset faded under a barrage of missed shots _ they were 11 for 38 from the floor in the pivotal first half, including 0 for 11 from beyond the arc.
George Washington finished 22 for 63 (35 percent) and missed all 15 of its 3-point tries.
The Terrapins limited the Colonials to 4-for-18 shooting over the opening eight minutes and took a 15-8 lead.
It was 25-18 before a follow-shot by Thomas and a 3-pointer by Walker-Kimbrough sparked the pivotal run that carried into the end of the first half. Five different players contributed to the spree, and the Maryland defense held GW scoreless over the final 3 1/2 minutes.
Thomas had 12 points and 11 rebounds by halftime.
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