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Terps pull away from Cavs for 31st straight home victory

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Marissa Coleman scored a season-high 28 points, Kristi Toliver added 25 and Maryland (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) pulled away to its 31st consecutive home victory, 94-78 over 17th-ranked Virginia on Thursday night.

Coleman's 3-pointer with 14:09 remaining erased a 51-50 deficit and started a 9-0 spree that put the Terrapins ahead for good. Coleman moved past Vicky Bullett into second place on Maryland's career scoring list with 1,931 points, trailing only Crystal Langhorne (2,247).

The victory pushed Maryland into sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, a half-game behind Florida State. The Terrapins (20-4, 8-2) have won four straight and seven of eight, the lone loss in that span at Virginia on Jan. 30.

Toliver became the fourth player in ACC history to reach 700 assists. The Terrapins' career assists leader is at 704 after getting five against the Cavaliers (19-6, 5-4).

Aisha Mohammed had 18 points and 17 rebounds for Virginia. Leading scorer Monica Wright was held to 14 points on 5-of-18 shooting.

The Cavaliers trailed 59-57 before Marah Strickland hit a 3-pointer for Maryland and Demauria Liles sank a baseline jumper to begin a 12-1 run that made it 71-58. The Cavaliers cut the deficit to eight, but the Terrapins used a 10-0 run to pull away.

Coleman scored 16 points, Toliver had 11, and Maryland went nearly 16 minutes without a turnover in taking a 44-39 halftime lead.

There were eight lead changes and four ties before Toliver and Strickland each connected from beyond the arc to start a 10-0 run that put Maryland up by eight late in the half.