Feb. 12, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Despite Lauren Bradley’s first career double-double with career-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds, and a last minute surge by the Seminoles, the Florida State women’s basketball team fell 76-67 to the Maryland Terrapins, Thursday night at the Comcast Center. With the loss, FSU fell to 12-11 overall and 5-7 in the ACC while Maryland improved to 15-8 and 7-5 in league play.
“That was a hard-fought ball game,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Maryland did a great job of boxing out. It wasn’t that we weren’t going to the boards. They just did a great job of rebounding the ball. They hit some tough shots and were able to maintain their poise down the stretch. I am proud of the way the team fought back but I didn’t like our effort on the boards and if we would have had a better effort, we wouldn’t have been in that position.”
Bradley was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line on her way to the career-night. Seminole freshman point guard Shante Williams had another solid outing with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Tasheika Allen also added double digits with 14 points. FSU shot just 36 percent for the game and was outrebounded, 48-36. Maryland shot 43 percent and was led by Kalika France’s 16 points.
Despite being within six or fewer points for much of the second half, the Seminoles trailed all but one minute of the game. Florida State was down as many as 14 midway through the first half, but fought back to within three at 34-31 at half time. Bradley and Williams led the charge in the first half points with 10 and nine points, respectively. FSU opened the second half with an 8-4 run and recorded its first lead of the game at 39-38 at the 15:51 mark. But over the next five minutes, the Tribe managed just two more points while Maryland rallied for nine points to regain the advantage and take a six-point lead with 10:31 left in the game. The Terps maintained a lead of six points or less and broke it open to seven points at 60-53 with 3:40 on the clock.
Thanks to solid free throw shooting, including nine straight points from the charity stripe, FSU pulled to within one point at 54-53 until allowing the Terps to run off six unanswered. Maryland’s Alli Spence hit a three-pointer to increase the Terps lead to 10 with under three minutes to play. But the Seminoles gave it one final effort. Allen and sophomore Holly Johnson combined for three straight three-pointers in the final 1:44 of the game to pull the Tribe to within three with 35 seconds left in the game but FSU had to foul, sending the Terps to the free throw line, and could get no closer. Maryland’s final 11 points were from the charity stripe, including eight in the last 30 seconds of the game.
Maryland hit three early three-pointers that helped the Terps pull away in the first half. With the score tied at 4-4, the Terps’ next two buckets were from three-point range and Maryland had a 10-6 advantage and went on to outscore FSU 5-1 to go up 15-7. The Tribe pulled to within four at 15-11 but then suffered a scoring drought. FSU went scoreless for over six minutes in which time Maryland ran off 10 straight to go ahead 25-11 at the 10:29 mark. France was unstoppable early on with eight of Maryland’s first 13 points and finished the half with 12 points. FSU made its comeback in the final three minutes. Trailing by 10 at 34-24, sparked by an Allen three-pointer, the Seminoles scored the final seven minutes of the half. FSU shot 38 percent for the half and was outrebounded 26-15.
Florida State will host Wake Forest on Monday, February 16th at 7 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.