Maryland women get 62-47 win over FSU

Terps top Seminoles in ACC quarterfinals

top-seeded Duke next

College Basketball

March 07, 2004|By Will Kimmey | Will Kimmey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Freshman guard Shay Doron dribbled near the half-court line with her back to the basket in the final 10 seconds of Maryland's quarterfinal game in the Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball tournament.

Maryland's leading scorer might not have started the game, but she sure closed it out.

Her game-high 16 points led the fourth-seeded Terps past fifth-seeded Florida State, 62-47, at the Greensboro Coliseum last night.

"When I come off the bench, they have already been playing for about four minutes, and I can use that to my advantage because they are tired," Doron said. "I want to give the team a push if it's a defensive stop or scoring."

The Terps advanced to today's 1 p.m. semifinal against top-seeded Duke, which beat Wake Forest, 77-59.

The Blue Devils beat Maryland, 72-59, on Feb. 22.

North Carolina plays North Carolina State in today's other ACC semifinal at 3:30 p.m.

"We're really playing well - it couldn't be a better time [to play Duke]," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "We've gained a ton of confidence since the last time we played."

Florida State (14-14) shot just 28.1 percent, including 26.7 percent in the first half. Its 47 points were the team's lowest output of the season. Maryland (17-11) shot 35.1 percent, and its 62 points were its lowest total in any win this season.

Florida State missed plenty of open shots, constantly fighting its way into the lane only to see jump shots clang and layups rim out. Maryland exerted itself defensively in the passing lane and made 10 steals, including three by Anesia Smith, to fuel a fast-paced attack.

"We mixed it up a lot [defensively]," Frese said. "We went to a triangle-and-two to start because we wanted to shut down [Lauren] Bradley and [Tasheika] Allen. ... We wanted to lock down on their shooters, and we did."

Maryland held a 14-point advantage midway through the second half despite not making a basket for almost four minutes.

Florida State scored just four points during the first 10 minutes of the second half as the Terps stretched the lead to 20. But a late 11-4 run by the Seminoles made it 50-40 before Doron converted five of six free throws over the game's last 3:28 to seal the win.

Doron, who came off the bench for the ninth game in a row after starting her first 18 and missing one contest, helped spark a 15-0 Terps run early in the first half. She made a driving jumper, a three-pointer and another jumper.

"We came out focused and determined to win this game," said Maryland senior center Delvona Oliver, who had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Senior center Crystal Washington anchored Maryland's half-court offense, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

FLORIDA STATE - Bradley 3-7 4-4 10, Moore 3-7 1-2 7, Williams 1-9 2-2 4, Gladden 2-8 1-2 5, Allen 3-14 0-1 7, Liljestrand 2-4 0-0 5, Johnson 1-5 0-0 3, Adenuntan 2-6 0-0 4, Pierce 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 18-64 6-11 47. MARYLAND - Fisher 2-10 0-1 6, Oliver 4-12 4-6 12, Washington 4-8 3-4 11, France 2-5 1-2 5, Smith 3-6 3-3 9, Brick 0-0 0-0 0, Doron 4-13 7-9 16, Carr 0-1 1-2 1, Noirez 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 20-57 19-27 62. Half-Maryland, 33-22. 3-point goals-FS 3-15 (Williams 0-2, Allen 1-6, Liljestrand 1-1, Johnson 1-4, Adeduntan 0-2), M 3-10 (Fisher 2-6, France 0-1, Doron 1-3). Rebounds-FS 36 (Bradley 9), M 51 (Fisher, Washington 10). Assists-FS 11 (Williams, Gladden 4), M 11 (Smith 9). A-6,248.

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