Feb. 15, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State led at halftime and was within five with under five minutes to play but the No. 6 Maryland Terrapins proved to be too strong as the Seminoles fell 74-60 in front of a record 4,732 fans at the Donald L. Tucker Center Thursday night. FSU fell to 18-8 overall and 7-4 in the ACC while the Terrapins improved to 25-3 and 9-3 in league play.
“It was a disappointing game for us,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We had been doing such a nice job rebounding and tonight they really took us out of our rhythm on the boards. Maryland has gained great experience over the last year or so and they took their seasoned players and did a great job in the second half of really hitting the boards and keeping us off of them.”
Alicia Gladden led the Seminoles with 13 points while Britany Miller and Alysha Harvin added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Maryland shot 62 percent in the second half on its way to 50 percent for the game and outrebounded FSU 44-33.
The Seminoles led 35-33 with 17:55 left in the game but it would be their last lead of the evening. A three-pointer by Kristi Toliver, who was one of three Terrapins with 14 points in the game, at the 17:25 mark gave the Terrapins the lead for good. While Florida State got good looks at the basket, the ball just wouldn’t drop and Maryland had its first double digit lead at 51-41 at the halfway mark of the second half.
Maryland led by 12 with 7:29 left in the game when the Seminoles made a run. A three-pointer by Mara Freshour started a 11-4 Florida State spurt that put the Seminoles within five points with 4:39 remaining. Gladden scored six points and had an assist in the stretch and could have brought the Seminoles within three points but on a break-away, the ball went through her hands and out of bounds. The Terps outscored FSU 11-2 the rest of the way for 14-point victory.
It was anybody’s game in the first half. With a 30-29 lead, the Seminoles had the Terrapins down at half for just the fourth time this season. Williams led FSU with seven points and five rebounds as starters Alicia Gladden and Jacinta Monroe played just five minutes with two fouls apiece.
Florida State put the first two points on the board but then fell behind by six at 11-5 at the 13:40 mark and it was the Seminoles who came off the bench, and scored 12 of 30 points, that kept FSU in the contest. Harvin, who had six first-half points, drained a three-pointer and after a failed Maryland possession, the Seminoles had a chance to tie the game but missed the three-point attempt. The Terrapins went up by five twice before the Seminoles forced four ties, with shots by Nikki Anthony and Shante Williams, and finally regained the lead at 26-24 on a Tanae Davis-Cain jumper with 3:50 left in the half. There would be three more lead changes in the final three minutes but Mara Freshour put FSU ahead at the break with a jumper with 31 seconds left.
FSU took much better care of the ball, committing just five turnovers in the first half and 13 for the game.
Florida State will travel to Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, February 18th for a 2 p.m. tilt with Virginia (15-11, 4-7 ACC).