Thomas, Rutan, Jones lead No. 8 Maryland's victory
ATLANTA (AP) -- Alyssa Thomas had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Katie Rutan and Brionna Jones each added 15 points and No. 8 Maryland beat Georgia Tech 79-62 on Sunday.
The Terrapins (22-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed in winning their second straight game and sixth in the past seven.
Kaela Davis finished with 21 points as Georgia Tech lost its second in a row. The Yellow Jackets (17-10, 7-7 ACC) have dropped seven straight to Maryland and 11 of the past 13 meetings.
Thomas gave Georgia Tech fits all afternoon.
After finishing the first half with nine points and seven rebounds, Thomas showed why she's been selected the ACC player of the year over the past two seasons.
In the first minute of the second half, she grabbed a defensive rebound, dribbled up the floor, made a long bounce pass to Rutan, who bounced the ball back to a cutting Thomas for a fast-break layup and an 11-point lead.
Thomas made it 41-29 on Maryland's next possession, driving the left side of the lane past two Georgia Tech defenders for an uncontested layup.
Maryland, the nation's fifth-best rebounding team, pulled down 49 boards The Terrapins outscored Georgia Tech 60-26 in the paint, 18-2 on fast breaks and had a 21-3 advantage in assists.
Georgia Tech had few bright spots, even in the first half.
The Jackets went scoreless for a 5-minute stretch before Davis' 12-footer from the left baseline made it 20-14.
Tyaunna Marshall's 3 from the right key made it 27-19, but Thomas followed with a putback at the 6:12 mark on the ensuing possession for the game's first 10-point lead.
Marshall finished with 11 points for Georgia Tech, which trailed by double digits throughout the second half.