Terps women fall short in 72-71 loss to Seminoles
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Maryland almost pulled it out with a furious late rally.
The ninth-ranked Terrapins wiped out a 17-point deficit in the final 4:31 Thursday night before a lane violation gave Florida State's Alexa Deluzio a second chance to sink a game-winning free throw with 7 seconds left.
Deluzio made the free throw to give the No. 24 Seminoles a 72-71 victory.
"Tremendous run there in the final four minutes of the game," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "But this game was decided earlier with how we played."
Maryland (22-6, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) had a 43-29 rebounding advantage and took 20 more shots in the game, but shot poorly at the free throw line (7 of 16) and committed 21 turnovers and still nearly won.
"Too many unforced turnovers," Frese said. "It was really a game where we couldn't get out of our own way."
Florida State led 64-47 before the Terrapins stormed back with a 24-7 run to tie it at 71 on Chloe Pavelich's 3-pointer with 10 seconds left. FSU coach Sue Semrau called it "quite a run."
"I guess we decided we had nothing to lose," Frese said. "We got a lot more aggressive defensively."
Frese refused to blame the loss on the lane violation during Deluzio's free throw.
"It doesn't come down to that play," Frese said. "It doesn't come down to the last play of the game. There were a lot of plays to make in this game and we didn't make them."
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