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Maryland blisters Florida State to win ACC opener, improve to 14-0

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Maryland used balanced scoring and a
sizable rebounding edge to stay unbeaten and hand Florida State its
worst home loss in nearly five years.

Laurin Mincy scored 23 points, Alyssa Thomas added 21 points and
10 rebounds and Tiana Hawkins had 20 points and 13 rebounds as No.
5 Maryland routed Florida State 91-70 on Monday night.

Hawkins was 7 of 7 from the floor in the first half and had nine
rebounds for Maryland (14-0, 1-0 ACC), which won the Atlantic Coast
Conference opener for both teams.

"I liked the toughness we played with," Maryland coach Brenda
Frese said. "This obviously was a very important game for us to
set the tone early for the conference schedule. To be able to come
in and be able to secure our first road (ACC) win is tremendous."

Maryland handed Florida State its worst home loss since No. 2
North Carolina defeated Florida State 80-59 on Feb. 12, 2007.

Alexa Deluzio tied a career high with 23 points, Cierra Bravard
had 14 points and Chasity Clayton had 13 points for Florida State
(8-7, 0-1). The Seminoles had 20 turnovers, including 10 in the
game's first 11 minutes.

The Terrapins outhustled the Seminoles, winning the rebounding
edge 53-40.

"They completely outmuscled us with 25 offensive boards,"
Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. "They pushed the ball in
transition and we were just not up for the challenge tonight."

Maryland shook off a sluggish start to remain unbeaten. The
Terrapins are enjoying their best start since opening 18-0 in
2006-07.

Florida State trailed 15-7 early in the game but a pair of
3-pointers by Deluzio were part of a 10-0 run that put the
Seminoles in front 17-15 with 12:01 left in the first half.

Maryland trailed 19-18 but went on a 10-0 run, capped by Mincy's
3-pointer with 9:01 left in the first half, to pull away.

"It definitely looked like the first ACC games for both
teams," Frese said. "Especially the first half ragged by both
teams."

Maryland led 48-36 at halftime and had no trouble extending that
lead. The Terrapins led by as many as 22 points, 68-48, after
Anjale Barrett's layup with 14:30 left in the game.

The Terrapins shot 44.6 percent from the floor in the game. The
Seminoles shot 40.3 percent.

Florida State went 5-1 in December, outscoring opponents by an
average of 19.2 points. But the Seminoles were overwhelmed in the
first half and fell short in their attempt to defeat the Terrapins
for the third straight time.