No. 5 Maryland 91, Florida St. 70

Florida State cruised through December winning five games by an

average of 19 points. The Seminoles started the New Year on the

wrong end of a blowout.

Alexa Deluzio tied a career high with 23 points, Cierra Bravard

had 14 points and Chasity Clayton had 13 points for Florida State

in a 91-70 loss to Maryland on Monday night in the ACC opener for

both teams.

”They completely outmuscled us with 25 offensive boards,”

Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. ”They pushed the ball in

transition and we were just not up for the challenge tonight.”

It was the worst home defeat since since North Carolina defeated

Florida State 80-59 on Feb. 12, 2007.

Florida State (8-7, 0-1 ACC) committed 20 turnovers, including

10 in the game’s first 11 minutes.

The Terrapins outhustled the Seminoles, winning the rebounding

edge 53-40.

Laurin Mincy scored 23 points, Alyssa Thomas added 21 points and

10 rebounds and Tiana Hawkins had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead

Maryland (14-0, 1-0 ACC).

The Terrapins are enjoying their best start since opening 18-0

in 2006-07.

”I liked the toughness we played with,” Maryland coach Brenda

Frese said. ”This obviously was a very important game for us to

set the tone early for the conference schedule. To be able to come

in and be able to secure our first road (ACC) win is

tremendous.”

Florida State went 5-1 in December, outscoring opponents by an

average of 19.2 points. But the Seminoles were overwhelmed in the

first half and fell short in their attempt to defeat the Terrapins

for the third straight time.

The Seminoles trailed 15-7 early in the game but a pair of

3-pointers by Deluzio were part of a 10-0 run that put the

Seminoles in front 17-15 with 12:01 left in the first half.

Maryland trailed 19-18 but went on a 10-0 run, capped by Mincy’s

3-pointer with 9:01 left in the first half, to pull away.

”It definitely looked like the first ACC games for both

teams,” Frese said. ”Especially the first half ragged by both

teams.”

Maryland led 48-36 at halftime and had no trouble extending that

lead. The Terrapins led by as many as 22 points, 68-48, after

Anjale Barrett’s layup with 14:30 left in the game.

The Terrapins shot 44.6 percent from the floor in the game. The

Seminoles shot 40.3 percent.