COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP)—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.”