COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Florida State coach Sue Semrau figured the best way to beat No. 8 Maryland was to smother the Terrapins' inside game and force them to fire away from the outside.
Semrau never expected Katie Rutan to etch her name in the Maryland record book with a brilliant long-range shooting display, and as a result the Seminoles fell 87-77 on Thursday night.
Terps forward Alyssa Thomas had 22 points, a career-high 12 assists and 12 rebounds — her fourth triple-triple of the season. But the Seminoles were undone by Rutan who scored 24 points and tied a Maryland single-game record with eight 3-pointers (in 10 attempts).
"I'm just so impressed with Maryland," Semrau said. "We wanted to take away their interior. We did a decent job of that, and then Katie went off shooting the 3. That's a hard combination to guard when (they) have so many weapons."
Natasha Howard scored 35 and Morgan Jones added 18 for the Seminoles (17-9, 5-8 Atlantic Coast Conference). It wasn't enough.
"It really doesn't matter how many points I score. I just want to help my team get better," Howard said.
It was the eighth loss in 11 games for the Seminoles.
Coming off an 84-63 loss at Duke on Monday, the Terrapins (21-5, 9-4) never trailed after a 3-pointer by Rutan made it 5-3. The margin quickly reached double figures, swelled to 18 by halftime and passed 20 points in the opening three minutes of the second half.