Three players scored in double figures Sunday to help the eighth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team hold off No. 19 Florida State, 71-64, at Comcast Center in College Park.
All-American Alyssa Thomas led the way with 20 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and three steals. Tianna Hawkins, the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer and rebounder, added 17 points and nine rebounds, while freshman Tierney Pfirman scored 12.
Maryland (11-3, 2-1 ACC) dominated the glass 48-30 and held the Seminoles to eight offensive rebounds. Florida State's 64 points were its lowest total this season.
"Just a great ACC game and battle. This is what they are all going to be about," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "I thought we showed a lot of character coming bouncing back from our loss to [No. 15 North] Carolina [on Thursday]. 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. The second half you see a veteran led team with experience. We knew they were going to make runs and they did. Florida State is a really good team. 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. Tremendous team win for us."
Chelsea Davis scored 18 points, 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.
Two free throws by Pfirman started an 11-0 run that helped the Terrapins open a double-digit lead at 26-14 with 6:34 left in the first. They led 40-26 at the break.
Florida State chipped away at the Maryland lead throughout the second half and cut the Terps' lead to single digits for good with just over nine minutes to go. The Noles got to within three points at 66-63 off a layup by Natasha Howard with 1:42 to play, then Katie Rutan answered with a 3 to push it back to a six-point game.
Hawkins added a layup and in the final minute to keep the Seminoles at bay.
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Loyola 56, Saint Peter's 47: The host Greyhounds used a strong second half to rally from a six-point halftime deficit against the Peacocks (0-13, 0-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).
Nicole Krusen led the Greyhounds (6-7, 1-1) with 12 points, with nine in the first five minutes of the game. Katie Sheahin chipped in nine points and eight rebounds.
Drexel 76, Towson 55: The host Dragons (8-4, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) hit 11 3-pointers on 19 attempts and held the Tigers to 32.8 percent shooting from the field. Junior guard Tanisha McTiller led Towson (6-6, 0-1) with a career-high 28 points while adding 10 rebounds and three steals.
Army 63, Morgan State 59: Senior Anna Simmers led all scorers with 21 points as the visiting Black Knights (11-4) finished with their best nonconference record since 2006-07. The Bears (4-9) were held to 28 percent shooting from the field (21-for-75).
Loyola 74, Saint Peter's 58: Senior forward Erik Etherly set season highs with 24 points and five blocked shots while grabbing seven rebounds for the host Greyhounds (11-5, 3-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference). Etherly was one of three players who scored in double figures for Loyola, which shot 49 percent from the field. He made six of 12 from 3-point range and converted 18 of 22 free-throw attempts.
Junior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) scored 18 points, and senior guard Robert Olson added 17 for Loyola.
Senior guard Yvon Raymond scored 16 points for the Peacocks (6-8, 1-3), who have lost three of their past four and eight of 11.
The Greyhounds jumped out to an early 14-3 lead and never trailed.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times