No. 8 Maryland 71, No. 19 Florida St. 64

Alyssa Thomas wasn’t about to let Maryland lose a second

straight game for the first time this season.

Thomas had 20 points and 15 rebounds to help the No. 8 Terrapins

beat Florida State 71-64 on Sunday, ending the Seminoles’ five-game

winning streak.

Tianna Hawkins added 17 points while Tierney Pfirman had 12

points for the Terrapins (11-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Maryland, which dropped a 60-57 decision at No. 15 North Carolina

on Thursday, has not lost two straight this season.

”I thought we showed a lot of character coming bouncing back

from our loss to Carolina,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said.

”Coming out and making a statement early in the first half, great

energy in terms of how we defended and rebounded the basketball and

shared the basketball.

Chelsea Davis scored 18 points for the Seminoles, Alexia Delusio

added 15 and Natasha Howard 11 for Florida State (12-2, 2-1). The

Seminoles hadn’t lost since a 78-77 defeat at Nebraska on Dec. 8.

Florida State never led and trailed by 16 at the half.

Florida State chipped away at the Maryland lead throughout the

second half, getting to within three points at 66-63 with just over

a minute remaining. But Pfirman responded with a 3-pointer on the

Terrapins’ next possession to preserve the victory.

”We fell behind early and we had to keep fighting back,”

Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. ”I liked the fact that our

girls continued to battle

back. They never gave up. We got to within three points

late.”

Maryland owned a 48-30 advantage in rebounds.

”We knew they were going to make runs and they did. Florida

State is a really good team,” Frese said. ”I am proud of the

fight, we didn’t quit. We fought for each other. I am really

excited in term of our team play, and for Tierney Pfirman and Katie

Rutan hitting big shots. It opened it up and gave us some breathing

room.”