Finding themselves firmly planted on the NCAA Tournament bubble, the Maryland Terrapins women's basketball team (18-11, 5-9 ACC) knew that a victory over the No. 9 Florida State Seminoles (26-4, 12-2 ACC) would give them the signature win they needed to improve their tournament resume.
On top of all that, today was senior day in the Comcast Center, and the young Terps wanted senior guard Lori Bjork's last home game to be a victory.
And, at the beginning of the game, the Terrapins came out looking like they were ready to pull off the upset. The Terps scored the first six points of the game, and eventually jumped out to an early 15-10 lead.
The Seminoles were not going to go away quietly though. They proceeded to go on a 6-0 run to take a 16-15 lead, a lead they would not give up for the rest of the game. The Seminoles closed out the first half with a 15 point lead over the Terps.
In the second half, the Seminoles proved that the Terps were no match for them. They outscored the Terps by 18 in the second half en route to a 94-61 win.
For the Terrapins, Diandra Tchatchouang led the team with 23 points and five rebounds. Lynetta Kizer added 17 points, and Kim Rodgers tied for the team lead with five rebounds. Bjork finished with five points, one assist, and one rebound in her final home game.
The Seminoles finished the game with four players in double figures. Courtney Ward and Christian Hunnicut led the team with 15 points. Angel Gray finished with 14 points, six assists, four rebounds, and five steals. Jacinta Monroe added 13 points, and Ward led the team with six rebounds.
The Terps will play next in the ACC tournament, which begins on March 4. Maryland will face off against the North Carolina Tar Heels at 3:00 on March 4.