Jan. 6, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The Florida State women’s basketball team suffered its third-straight loss with a 62-50 defeat at Maryland Sunday afternoon at Cole Field House. The Seminoles went to 10-5 overall and 1-3 in the ACC while the Terrapins improved to 9-6 overall and 2-2 in the ACC with the victory.
“I thought Maryland’s defense in the first half was better than I’ve seen in my five years at Florida State,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “They got their hands on a lot of balls. We average fewer than 18 turnovers a game and we had 17 in the first half. That coupled with a really poor shooting night, which is uncharacteristic for our team, was the difference.”
Florida State produced a season-low 16 points in the first half and trailed by that many at the break as the Terps took a 32-16 advantage into the locker room. After scoring the first bucket almost immediately at the 19:36 mark, the Seminoles couldn’t get anything going offensively the rest of the half. FSU didn’t score again until the 13:23 mark and by that time, Maryland had built a 10-2 lead. Junior Katelyn Vujas was the only bright spot, scoring nine points to lead FSU. Both April Traylor and Tasheika Morris went scoreless while Shinikki Whiting had just two points. The Seminoles shot a dismal 33 percent from the field and had 17 turnovers. The Tribe did have a 16-12 advantage on the boards. Maryland shot 52 percent for the half and had nine steals. The Terps largest lead of the half was 18 points.
The Seminoles came out much more intense in the second half, especially on the defensive end. The half saw some spurts by Florida State, but the Seminoles just could not get over the hump. Vujas continued her fine play with FSU’s first four points, but then got her third foul and had to sit early. She finished the game with a team-high 15 points. The Tribe cut the Maryland lead to eight points at 38-30 at the 12 minute mark off of a three-pointer by Traylor, but the Terps responded with six unanswered points. Maryland outscored FSU 10-3 during that three-minute stretch to go up again by 15 points with just under nine to play. The Seminoles fought back again to pull within eight at 53-45 with 2:41 left, but then didn’t score again until 28.3 seconds left to make the score 58-48. Maryland’s final seven points were from the free throw line. Morris got into an offensive groove and scored 13 in the second half and led the team with nine rebounds. Whiting and Traylor added eight and seven points, respectively.
FSU shot a season-low 34 percent for the game, but dominated the boards, outrebounding Maryland 40-30. The Terrapins, who were led by Marche Strickland’s 21 points, shot 47 percent for the game.
The Seminoles will play their sixth road contest in the last seven games when they travel to Wake Forest on Thursday, January 10th at 7 p.m.