No. 8 Maryland women defeat Florida State 87-77

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 20, 2014 at 10:20 pm •  Published: February 20, 2014
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas kept passing the ball to Katie Rutan, who repeatedly knocked down shots from beyond the arc.

The combination was too much for Florida State, whose effort to stop Maryland's inside game came apart when Rutan began hitting shots.

Thomas had 22 points, a career-high 12 assists and 12 rebounds for her fourth triple-double of the season, Rutan tied a school record with eight 3-pointers and the eighth-ranked Terrapins rolled to an 87-77 victory Thursday night.

It was the sixth career triple-double for Thomas, one short of the NCAA record. The record for triple-doubles in a season is five, a goal well within reach of the 6-foot-2 senior forward.

"It's cool because triple-doubles are hard to come by," Thomas said. "But I can't get them without my teammates, so that makes it even more special."

In this one, Rutan was there to convert Thomas' passes into points. Half of Thomas' eight first-half assists were on 3-pointers by the senior guard.

"When you've got Katie hitting shots, it makes it easy to get assists," Thomas said.

Rutan scored 24 points, one short of her career high set at Xavier in 2010. She went 8 for 10 beyond the arc in matching the school mark of 3s in a game set by Tiffany Brown in 2001 and tied by Kristi Toliver in 2009.

"I didn't know that happened until I got into the locker room," Rutan said. "Kristi Toliver is an amazing player. I wish I beat her, but it's good to be with her."

Coming off an 84-63 loss at Duke on Monday, the Terrapins (21-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) 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.

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