Hawkins’ putback gave the Terrapins (16-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 73-72 lead, and they held on from there.
Alyssa Thomas scored 24 points for Maryland, including a reverse layup as time expired in regulation. Anjale Barrett added 16 points, going 4 for 4 on free throws in the final 1:08 of OT.
Chay Shegog led North Carolina (12-3, 2-1) with 20 points. The Tar Heels led 66-60 after a driving bank shot by Tierra Ruffin-Pratt with 1:29 to go.
But Laurin Mincy hit a 3-pointer, and Barrett followed with a transition layup for the Terrapins.
Brittany Rountree made 1 of 2 free throws for North Carolina with 12.7 seconds left, setting up Thomas’ tying shot.
NO. 6 TENNESSEE 69, ARKANSAS 38
In Fayetteville, Ark., Glory Johnson recorded her fifth consecutive double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds for Tennessee in the easy victory.
The Lady Volunteers (12-3, 3-0) opened the game with a 25-3 run and have won 36 in a row in Southeastern Conference play.
NO. 7 DUKE 83, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 59
In Durham, N.C., Richa Jackson scored a career-high 21 points to help Duke get the victory.
Tricia Liston added 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (12-2, 3-0 ACC), who had five players score in double figures.
Duke shot 47 percent and scored 37 points off 24 turnovers by the Wolfpack (10-6, 0-3).
NO. 9 TEXAS A&M 75, OKLAHOMA 58
In College Station, Texas, Tyra White had 20 points and Kelsey Bone added 18 points to lift Texas A&M.
Texas A&M (10-3, 1-1 Big 12) led by six before using an 8-1 run to extend its advantage to 62-49 with less than six minutes remaining. Bone had six consecutive points and a steal to lead the way during that span.
Oklahoma (9-4, 1-1) had won six in a row.
NO. 11 KENTUCKY 88, MISSISSIPPI STATE 40
In Lexington, Ky., Keyla Snowden scored 22 points to fuel Kentucky’s record-breaking rout. Kentucky (14-2, 3-0) set a school record for margin of victory in SEC play, eclipsing a 31-point win over Auburn last Feb. 3.
ST. JOHN’S 72, NO. 14 LOUISVILLE 64
In New York, Eugeneia McPherson scored 16 points and Nadirah McKenith had 15 to lead St. John’s.
Shenneika Smith added 11 points for the Red Storm (10-6, 2-1 Big East), who have won nine in a row at home.
NO. 16 GEORGIA 70, AUBURN 45
In Auburn, Ala., Jasmine James and Jasmine Hassell had 14 points apiece, powering Georgia to the easy win.
Georgia (13-3, 2-1 SEC) made up for a poor shooting game – 37.3 percent (28 of 75) – by hounding the Tigers (9-7, 1-2) into 30 turnovers and holding a 47-35 rebounding edge, with 23 coming on the offensive glass.
NO. 19 NEBRASKA 77, IOWA 72
In Iowa City, Iowa, Lindsey Moore had 22 points and nine assists and Jordan Hooper added 17 points as Nebraska won its eighth game in a row.
The Cornhuskers (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) trailed by as many as eight points before a late 12-2 run.
Jaime Printy scored 27 points and Morgan Johnson had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (10-7, 2-2), who were only 2 of 16
from 3-point range.
NO. 21 DELAWARE 66, GEORGE MASON 54
in Fairfax, Va., Elena Delle Donne had 40 points and 15 rebounds as Delaware cruised.
Danielle Parker scored 10 points for the Blue Hens (12-1, 3-0 Colonial Athletic Association), but it was Delle Donne, the nation’s leading scorer at 29.5 points per game, who dominated this league matchup.
Taleia Moton scored 30 points for the Patriots (7-7, 1-1), who have lost four in a row.
NO. 24 VANDERBILT 68, MISSISSIPPI 52
In Nashville, Tenn., Vanderbilt’s Tiffany Clarke matched a season-high with 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Jasmine Lister added 15 points and Christina Foggie had 11 for the Commodores (13-2, 1-1 SEC), who bounced back from a conference-opening loss at South Carolina on Thursday.
Nikki Byrd, the league’s leading rebounder, had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Mississippi (10-6, 0-3).