Terps regain share of first in ACC, beat Fla. State, 74-61

January 26, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- The eighth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team's formula for success is hardly a secret.

The Terps funnel the ball into their center, Jessie Hicks, and let her maneuver.

Last night, Florida State could not stop the 6-foot-4 senior, and the Terps won, 74-61, before 1,115 at Cole Field House.

Hicks had 23 points -- 15 in the second half -- to power the Terps (13-3, 5-2) back into a first-place tie in the Atlantic Coast Conference with North Carolina, which beat Maryland, 85-80, Saturday.

Hicks was benched when she picked up her third foul with 17:38 left in the second half and returned with 11:31 left.

"I told myself when I got back in to do the right thing and play smart," said Hicks.

Katrina Colleton had 16 points for Maryland and Malissa Boles added 15. Florida State's Tia Paschal had a game-high 27 points and 12 rebounds.

The Terps shot 67 percent for the game, exploiting their size and height advantage over the Seminoles (9-6, 4-5).

Maryland, which lost, 68-61, to Florida State two weeks ago, played the Seminoles in a zone defense to counter their outside shooting.

"We knew we'd have to play them in zone because they are such a good, fundamental team. We learned that the hard way down there," said Maryland coach Chris Weller.

Hicks was, as always, the centerpiece of Maryland's offense.

"She's a great post player," said Florida State coach Marynell Meadors. "We made a couple of good runs, and Jessie was the one who stopped all of them. If Jessie plays well, Maryland plays well and Maryland played very well."

The Seminoles, who trailed by 12 at halftime, made an 8-2 run to start the second half and closed to 46-42 with 11:31 left.

From there, the Terps went on a 15-4 charge, thanks to seven points from Hicks, to seal the win. The Seminoles could only get as close as eight points. Maryland closed with an 8-3 spurt to win going away.

Colleton, who has become a vital cog of the Maryland offense, was the entire offense early, hitting her first three shots in the first 1:30 to give the Terps a 6-2 lead.

Paschal, who scored 38 against North Carolina two weeks ago, was the Seminoles offense initially, with six of her team's first 10 points, to keep the Seminoles within 14-10 with 13:44 left.

But the Terps began to turn up the defensive intensity with a 2-1-2 zone that applied pressure on the point and kept someone on Paschal, Florida State's lone post player.

As a result, the Seminoles were unable to establish any sort of inside game and didn't hit from the outside. They shot 29 percent in the half.

Danielle Ryan, who scored 33 against Maryland two weeks, was particularly distracted, hitting one of eight shots. The Seminoles had two points in the last 6:27 of the half.

Meanwhile, Maryland shot 64 percent in the first half, with hardly a shot from outside 12 feet.

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