Jan. 16, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -With 16 points, Florida State freshman Britany Miller had one of the best games of her young career, but No. 6 Maryland’s 9-0 run in the final three minutes of the first half and the Terrapins’ dominance on the boards proved to be too much for the Seminoles who fell 75-57 Monday afternoon at the Comcast Center. FSU fell to 10-6 overall and 1-2 in ACC play while the Terps went to 15-2 on the year with a 2-1 league mark.
The Seminoles trailed 16 at 44-28 at halftime and couldn’t get any closer than 14 points the rest of the game. Only Miller recorded double figures for the Seminoles who scored a season-low 57 points. FSU leading scorer Ganiyat Adeduntan was slowed by a knee bruise suffered in last week’s Virginia win and was limited to just six points. Alicia Gladden managed just seven points in the game and they all came in the second half after foul trouble limited the junior starter to six first half minutes of play.
“When Alicia Gladden gets in foul trouble, that changes the game and I think that’s where you’ll see that the game changed,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “For us, we bring in a couple freshmen off of the bench and they’re going to be tremendous players but they’re just not as seasoned as our others yet.”
No more than five points separated the two teams for the first 13 minutes of the game when the Terrapins went to the long ball. Up 26-23, Maryland’s Ashleigh Newman hit a three-pointer which started an eight-point spurt and gave the Terrapins an 11-point lead. FSU’s Tanae Davis-Cain hit the Seminoles’ lone first half three-pointer at the 3:29 mark to pull the team within seven at 35-28 but the Seminoles would not score again in the half.
Maryland finished the game with a 47-26 rebounding advantage and made six three-pointers. A bright spot for the Seminoles was just 13 turnovers but FSU went just 1-for-11 from the three-point line and shot 59 percent (10-17) from the free throw line and 38 percent from the field.
“The best thing about Maryland was that they didn’t let us go to the offensive boards,” Semrau said. “We’ve been first or second in the conference in offensive boards all year and that’s something when we only have 10 offensive boards. We don’t pride ourselves on being a great shooting team, we pride ourselves on getting extra possessions and I thought Maryland kept us from getting those extra possessions.”
Davis-Cain scored nine points in just 19 minutes of play off of the bench for the Seminoles. Senior LaQuinta Neely had five points and a team-high five assists while fellow senior Holly Johnson had four points and a team-high four rebounds.
The Seminoles will host Clemson Thursday, Jan. 19th at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.