Maryland eliminates UVa. women from ACC Tourney

The Virginia women’s basketball team fell to sixth-ranked and third-seeded Maryland, 70-58, in the quarterfinals of the 2012 ACC Tournament on Friday (March 2) at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Virginia, the No. 6 seed at the tournament, now has an overall record of 22-10. The loss snapped a four-game Cavalier winning streak. Maryland improved to 26-4 overall and advanced to the semifinals to face Wake Forest.

Senior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) scored 19 points and Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) added 16 points.

Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) finished with nine points.

The Terps dominated on the glass and from behind the arc to avoid the upsets that claimed the league’s top two seeds earlier in the day. Maryland, which leads the ACC and ranks second nationally with a +14.2 rebounding margin, out-rebounded Virginia 48-23. The Terrapins made 7-of-10 3-pointers, led by freshman Brene Moseley’s 3-for-4 performance from long distance (and 13 overall points).

Virginia trailed 40-20 at halftime.

Virginia finished the game 22-for-63 from the field for a 34.9 shooting percentage. Maryland was 24-for-50 from the field (48 percent).

The field for the 2012 NCAA Tournament will be announced on Monday, March 12.


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