Feb. 16, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team suffered its third straight loss, falling 66-61 to the Maryland Terrapins in ACC action Sunday afternoon at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. With the loss, FSU’s record went to 15-8 and 7-5 in ACC play while Maryland improved to 10-14 and 4-9 in league action.
“Obviously a very, very disappointing loss for us,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I felt like defensively, we broke down far too many times and allowed them opportunities in the paint. We didn’t do a good job on the boards and I felt like it was those two things that cost us the basketball game.”
Florida State started things off right, scoring the first two points of the game with a jumper by Katelyn Vujas. Less than 20 seconds later, the Terrapins answered that basket with a three-pointer by Renneika Razor which began a Maryland run bringing the score to 9-2 in the game’s first three minutes. The Seminoles came within two points, only to have Maryland pull away with an eight point lead at 20-12 at the 7:04 mark. But the Terrapins couldn’t get too comfortable. All-ACC candidate Tasheika Morris started a chain reaction sinking a critical three-pointer, followed by a lay-up from Seminole Lauren Bradley to narrow the gap to three points. After the game saw two ties, FSU finally regained the lead on a Vujas jumper with 1:28 left in the half and Vujas scored the final five points of the half to give FSU a 30-26 lead at the break. Morris and Bradley led FSU with eight points a piece, while Razor led all scorers with 11. The Tribe, which shot just 38 percent for the half, had a 21-19 rebounding edge.
The second half started off much like the first as Maryland scored the first seven points, nudging the Terrapins ahead by three. Vujas was the first to respond with a jumper bringing the gap to one point. Florida State stayed strong and tied it up at 36-36 with a jumper by Angela Sutton who also scored the basket that pulled the Seminoles ahead of the Terrapins by one. Free throws kept the two teams neck and neck, tying the score a total of three times in the second half. A lay-up by Maryland’s Vicki Brick started a scoring run that allowed the Terps to remain ahead for the rest of the game. Morris was able to continue her double-digit streak by sinking a three-pointer which brought FSU within six points with less than three minutes to play. The Tribe got to within a point at 60-59 when Ganiyat Adeduntan hit a jumper with 1:25 left. The Seminoles couldn’t break away and the Terrapins outscored FSU 6-2 in the final minute of the game. Vujas was the top scorer for Florida State with 13 points. Morris and Bradley also finished the game in double digits with 10 and 11, respectively. Maryland’s Razor offensively dominated the game and finished with 24 points.
Maryland outrebounded Florida State 45-38 and shot 40 percent to the Seminoles’ 37 percent.
The Seminoles will travel to Atlanta, Ga., for a 7 p.m. contest with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Wednesday, February 19th.