Terrapins Edged by Seminoles, 72-71

Feb. 28, 2013

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The ninth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team outscored No. 24 Florida State by 17 points in the final minutes of a furious comeback, but fell just short, 72-71, in Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida State led by 17 at 64-47 with 4:31 to go, then junior Katie Rutan hit three to spark a 24-7 run over the final four minutes of the game. The Terrapins (22-6, 13-4 ACC) held the Seminoles 21-7, 11-6) to one basket in the last 6:27 of the game.

Rutan went 6-for-10 from outside the arc for a game-high 24 points. Alyssa Thomas added 17 points, including six in the final spurt, and 14 rebounds. Tianna Hawkins notched 16 points.

Rutan hit two threes with a Thomas free throw in the middle to cut the lead to 10 with 3:28 to go. Head coach Brenda Frese called a timeout and Thomas made a putback to cut it to single digits with 3:05 to go. After a Seminoles free throw, freshman Chloe Pavlech hit a three to make it a six-point game with 2:15 left.

With just over a minute to go, Thomas made another layup to make it 67-63. Thomas cut it to a one-point game with an old-fashioned three-point play with 28 seconds left. FSU's Morgan Toles made two free throws and Pavlech hit her second three to tie it with 10 seconds to go.

Alexa Deluzio hit a second-chance free throw with 7 seconds left for the lead. Deluzio had just missed a pair but got a chance to win it after Maryland was whistled for a lane violation on her second free throw.

Chelsea Davis had 19 points to lead a balanced scoring effort for the Seminoles.

Maryland, one of the best rebounding teams in the country, won the battle on the boards, 43-29.

Alicia DeVaughn became the seventh player in Maryland history to break 100 blocks with her two against the Seminoles.

Next, Maryland will welcome Wake Forest (12-17, 5-12) to Comcast Center for the 2 p.m. regular season finale. The Terrapins-Demon Deacons matchup will be shown line online for a fee on TerpsTV Premium. The Terps will be honoring seniors Tianna Hawkins and Caitlin Adams prior to Sunday's game.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.