Jan. 6, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Three scored in double figures to help the eighth-ranked Maryland women's basketball stay the course to hold off No. 19 Florida State, 71-64, Sunday at Comcast center.
All-American Alyssa Thomas led the way with 20 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and three steals. Tianna Hawkins, the ACC's leading scorer and rebounder, added 17 points and nine boards, while freshman Tierney Pfirman scored 12.
Maryland (11-3, 2-1 ACC) dominated the glass, 48-30, and held the Seminoles to just eight offensive rebounds in the game. Florida State's 64 points was its lowest points total this year.
"Just a great ACC game and battle. This is what they are all going to be about. I thought we showed a lot of character coming bouncing back from our loss to Carolina. Coming out and making a statement early in the first half, great energy in terms of how we defended and rebounded the basketball and shared the basketball," head coach Katie Rutan hitting big shots. It opened it up and gave us some breathing room. Tremendous team win for us."
Chelsea Davis scored 18 points for the Seminoles, Alexia Delusio added 15 and Natasha Howard 11 for Florida State (12-2, 2-1). The Seminoles hadn't lost since a 78-77 defeat at Nebraska on Dec. 8. Florida State never led.
Two free throws by Pfirman jumpstarted an 11-0 run that helped the Terrapins open a double-digit lead at 26-14 with 6:34 left in the first. They led 40-26 at the break.
Florida State chipped away at the Maryland lead throughout the second half and cut the Terps' lead to single digits for good with just over nine minutes to go. The Noles got to within three points at 66-63 off a layup by Natasha Howard with 1:42 to play, then Katie Rutan answered with a three to push it back to a six-point game.
Hawkins added a layup and in the final minute to keep the Seminoles at bay.
The Terrapins will host Miami at 7 p.m. Thursday for $1 night. Fans can purchase tickets for $1 each in advance through the Terrapin Ticket Office at UMTerps.com or 1-800-IM-A-TERP. $1 concession specials will be available as well.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.