|Maryland head coach Brenda Freese gestures to her team in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla. Maryland won 91-70. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)|
Florida St women suffer worst home loss in 4 years
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Florida State cruised through December winning five games by an average of 19 points. The Seminoles started the New Year on the wrong end of a blowout.
Alexa Deluzio tied a career high with 23 points, Cierra Bravard had 14 points and Chasity Clayton had 13 points for Florida State in a 91-70 loss to Maryland on Monday night in the ACC opener for both teams.
"They completely outmuscled us with 25 offensive boards," Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. "They pushed the ball in transition and we were just not up for the challenge tonight."
It was the worst home defeat since since North Carolina defeated Florida State 80-59 on Feb. 12, 2007.
Florida State (8-7, 0-1 ACC) committed 20 turnovers, including 10 in the game's first 11 minutes.
The Terrapins outhustled the Seminoles, winning the rebounding edge 53-40.
Laurin Mincy scored 23 points, Alyssa Thomas added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Tiana Hawkins had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead Maryland (14-0, 1-0 ACC).
The Terrapins are enjoying their best start since opening 18-0 in 2006-07.
"I liked the toughness we played with," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "This obviously was a very important game for us to set the tone early for the conference schedule. To be able to come in and be able to secure our first road (ACC) win is tremendous."
Florida State went 5-1 in December, outscoring opponents by an average of 19.2 points. But the Seminoles were overwhelmed in the first half and fell short in their attempt to defeat the Terrapins for the third straight time.
The Seminoles trailed 15-7 early in the game but a pair of 3-pointers by Deluzio were part of a 10-0 run that put the Seminoles in front 17-15 with 12:01 left in the first half.
Maryland trailed 19-18 but went on a 10-0 run, capped by Mincy's 3-pointer with 9:01 left in the first half, to pull away.
"It definitely looked like the first ACC games for both teams," Frese said. "Especially the first half ragged by both teams."
Maryland led 48-36 at halftime and had no trouble extending that lead. The Terrapins led by as many as 22 points, 68-48, after Anjale Barrett's layup with 14:30 left in the game.
The Terrapins shot 44.6 percent from the floor in the game. The Seminoles shot 40.3 percent.