COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Four minutes. That's how long it took North Carolina to create a double-digit deficit for itself against No. 6 Maryland.
Unfortunately for the Tar Heels, there would be no comeback. Only further misery.
Alyssa Thomas had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the Terrapins cruised to an 84-64 victory Friday night.
Alicia DeVaughn scored 14 and Laurin Mincy had 13 for the Terrapins, who never trailed after yielding the game's first point. Maryland led 11-1 after 4 minutes, 53-29 at halftime and 73-40 with 10 minutes to go.
Last month, Maryland needed overtime to squeeze out a 78-72 win at North Carolina. This time, the outcome was apparent almost immediately.
"When we first played them, we played with a lot of pride, played with a lot of passion and played with a lot of heart," Tar Heels center Chay Shegog said. "I really think we came out flat tonight and got into a hole we couldn't get out of."
Shegog scored 24 and Laura Broomfield had 13 rebounds for the Tar Heels (19-9, 9-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 33 percent, committed 14 turnovers and were outrebounded 49-32.
"We started out really, really poorly, missing shots and just not playing like we've been playing," North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "We dug ourselves in a hole."
North Carolina has lost four of six, including a 40-point defeat at Duke earlier this month. Next up, a home game against Duke on Sunday.
"Our ACC schedule has been pretty brutal this year," Hatchell said. "You can ask me what I did to make them mad; I wondered the same thing."
Mincy scored 11 points, DeVaughn had 10 off the bench and Maryland held the Tar Heels to 25 percent shooting in taking a 24-point halftime lead. The Terrapins went 6 for 7 from beyond the arc after going 6 of 26 in their previous two games.
Not long after Maryland honored Lynetta Kizer, Anjale Barrett and Kim Rodgers on Senior Night, the Terrapins took control.
After Broomfield opened the scoring with a free throw, Maryland rattled off 11 consecutive points, including a pair of 3s by Rodgers. The Tar Heels missed their first nine attempts from the field before Shegog hit a baseline jumper at the 14:24 mark.
"We were missing a lot of shots early on and not being aggressive to the basket," Hatchell said.
The Terrapins then got points from six different players in a 12-3 spurt that made it 26-8. Minutes later, DeVaughn made successive layups in a 6-0 run that put North Carolina in a 34-13 hole.
Hatchell burned another timeout after Mincy canned a 3 for a 43-19 lead. At that point, UNC was 5 for 27 from the floor with six turnovers.
"We were really able to dominate right away," Terps coach Brenda Frese said. "I thought we came with the knockout punch early that they were never able to recover from."
The victory pushed the Terrapins into a third-place tie with Georgia Tech, although Maryland (24-4, 11-4) gets the tiebreaker by virtue of its sweep of the Yellow Jackets. The top four teams receive a first-round bye in next week's ACC tournament.
After beating Duke and North Carolina in the span of six days, the Terrapins are riding a hot streak at just the right time.
"This is how you want to finish," Frese said. "You want to be peaking come March, and this is where this team is at."
It was the Terrapins' fourth straight win over UNC and sixth in seven games.