Feb. 2, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)–Kristi Toliver’s 3-point shot as the buzzer sounded lifted No. 13 Maryland to a 72-71 win at Florida State on Monday, snapping the 15th-ranked Seminoles nine-game winning streak and handing them their first conference loss.
After streaking upcourt with the dribble, Toliver let the game-winner fly from the right of the circle and officials confirmed it beat the final horn.
Florida State freshman Cierra Bravard scored from underneath with 4.9 seconds left with an offensive rebound to give the Seminoles a 71-69 lead.
Toliver led the Terrapins (17-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference )with 17 points to go along with a game-high 7 assists.
Florida State came into the game as the lone unbeaten team in the league, but dropped into a first-place tie with Duke, which beat Boston College on Monday.
The game was back and forth with 14 ties and 14 lead changes and no team leading by more than five points.
Both teams shot well from behind the arc in a see-saw first half with Florida State making 7-of-13 3-pointers while Maryland was 5-for-9. Both cooled down from the outside in the second half.
Coach and player post-game quotes:
Head coach Sue Semrau:
On Maryland’s buzzer-beater 3-pointer to win the game:
“Great players make great plays. I thought Tolliver did that. I thought Tanae defended her better than I would have even anticipated. A falling down in transition from behind the line, I think there’s a touch of luck in that. It just means we need to be a better basketball team on the defensive end.”
On how the team rebounds after this loss:
“I think we’ve got to go back to work. Work on the things that we did not do well tonight. We did not defend penetration well. Even when we had to step up and help when we didn’t defend by ourself they found open players. We’ve got to continue to get better in that area.”
Senior guard Mara Freshour:
On the loss:
“We’ve got to learn how to get better at putting two defensive stops together at the end of games. The whole game was back and forth and if that happens again we have to do a better job of playing better defense when it matters most.”