Jan. 2, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Junior guard Alexa Deluzio’s career-best-matching 23 points weren’t enough for the Florida State women’s basketball team on Monday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center versus No. 5 Maryland. The Seminoles fell to the Terrapins, 91-70, in the ACC opener for both teams.
Maryland (14-0), who leads the country in rebounding margin, held a commanding 53-40 edge on the boards and had three players score at least 20 points, led by sophomore guard Laurin Mincy’s 23.
“It’s important for our team to come back with heart,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “They completely out-muscled us tonight with 25 offensive boards. We just weren’t up for the challenge.”
Deluzio also matched her career-best with four treys and kept the Seminoles (8-7) in the game early.
The 5-11 Orlando, Fla., native started the contest playing lights out basketball, scoring eight points and drilling her first two three-point attempts in the first nine minutes.
“I never question Alexa’s heart,” Semrau said. “She’s somebody that gives us everything she has every single night.”
Deluzio finished with 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-10 from three. She added six boards, two assists and made all five of her free throw attempts.
Her first trey sparked a 10-0 run for the Seminoles and her second three capped the spurt, as FSU took a 17-15 lead with 12:01 remaining in the first half.
Deluzio’s layup a minute later gave the Garnet and Gold a 19-18 advantage, but Maryland answered back with a 10-0 run of its own and never looked back.
Mincy’s three with nine minutes left in the first half put the Terrapins up, 28-19. Junior forward Tianna Hawkins, who finished with 20 points and 13 boards, made a pair of layups in the final 50 seconds of the first half to give Maryland a 48-36 lead at the break.
The Terps opened up the second half with an 11-3 run to take a 59-39 lead with 17:39 remaining after sophomore forward Alyssa Thomas drilled a pair of free throws.
FSU cut the Maryland lead down to 13, 59-46, when junior guard Leo Rodriguez swished a trey four minutes into the final frame. However, Maryland countered by scoring nine consecutive points to hold off the Seminoles’ threat.
Thomas also tallied a double-double for the Terps, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Florida State will look to bounce back when it hosts Clemson on Thursday night at 7 p.m. before hitting the road to face Virginia Tech on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Blacksburg, Va.
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