Jan. 16, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Junior Tasheika Morris scored a season-high 24 points and senior Trinetta Moore added a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Florida State women’s basketball team to a dominating 76-61 victory over Maryland at the Comcast Center Thursday night. With the win, the Seminoles, who led the entire game, improved to 11-4 overall and an impressive 3-1 in ACC play. The Terrapins fell to 8-8 and 2-3 in league play.
“I think the difference really for us was the rebounding,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We put good pressure on their shooters and played their personnel relatively smart and as a result, they struggled shooting the ball. To Maryland’s credit, they came out in the second half and really continued to attack on the offensive end. Maryland’s a great program and to get a win up here is really important to us so we don’t take that lightly.”
The Seminoles scored the first six points of the game and were leading 12-2 at the 17:00 mark. Maryland pulled to within five at 12-7 but did not get any closer the rest of the half. Behind 10 strong points from Moore, the Seminoles built a lead of as many as 13 points at 31-18 with just under four minutes remaining in the half. The Terrapins then went on a 6-2 run and FSU led by nine at the break, 33-24. The Seminoles shot 50 percent for the half and outrebounded Maryland 23-14. Moore added five rebounds to her 10 points to lead FSU while Morris contributed seven points.
Maryland opened the second half with a three-point play but the Seminoles responded and scored seven of the next 10 points to go up 11 at 41-30 with 14:11 left in the game. But the Terps would not go down without a fight and outscored the Seminoles 9-2 to pull within just four points at the 12:12 mark. Florida State did not lose its composure and ran off six straight and 10 of the next 12 points to go up 11 and led by at least six the rest of the way. Morris was instrumental in Florida State’s ability to maintain control of the game as she scored 13 points in the final nine minutes. The Seminoles finished strong and led by double-digits in the final two minutes of the game. The final margin of 15 points equaled FSU’s largest lead of the game.
The Seminoles had a lot to be happy about in the game, shooting a season-high 55 percent for the game, including 61 percent in the second half, dishing out a season-high 23 assists and outrebounding the Terps by 14. Individually speaking, sophomore LaQuinta Neely recorded a career-high eight assists.
Maryland shot 35 percent for the game and was led by Delvona Oliver’s 19 points and six rebounds.
Florida State will host Georgia Tech on Monday, January 20th at 4:30 p.m. The game will be televised regionally.