February 20, 2011 - by
FSU Defeats No. 16 Maryland, 72-66

Feb. 20, 2011

Final Stats

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Cierra Bravard and Chelsea Davis each scored 14 points to lead a balanced Florida State offense and the 15th-ranked Seminoles beat No. 16 Maryland 72-66 on Sunday.

Florida State (22-5, 10-2) can win at least a share of its third straight Atlantic Coast Conference title with victories this week at Miami and at home against Clemson. The Seminoles and No. 7 Duke are tied for first place with No. 13 Miami at 9-2.

Chasity Clayton and Natasha Howard had 12 points each for the Seminoles, who led 36-28 at halftime with Clayton and Davis each scoring nine points while Maryland managed one free throw from its reserves.

Davis and Clayton totaled 26 points while Maryland got just seven from its reserves.

Alyssa Thomas led the Terrapins (21-6, 7-5) with a career-high 26 points while Lynetta Kizer added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Maryland routed Duke on Thursday to open the door for Florida State to get back into title contention.

And the Terps looked like they might do it again with a quick start, but they shot just 37.1 percent from the field and made 11 of 24 free throws (45.8 percent).

Maryland took a 9-1 lead and held an 8-point lead on two other occasions early, but Florida State closed the half on a 30-14 run.

Maryland climbed within 45-42 on a layup by Tianna Hawkins with 12:35 left in the second half, but got no closer.

The Seminoles took their first lead at 24-22 on Courtney Ward’s 3-pointer with 7:29 left in the half. They led 60-47 with 6:23 left.

Ward, who finished with 10 points, made four straight free throws in the final 24 seconds.

The Seminoles, who have won eight of their last nine games, travel to Miami on Thursday when Maryland hosts last-place Virginia Tech.

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